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Past Events and Speakers


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Past Events

  • Acton Event – “The Free and Virtuous Society”
  • C. S. Lewis Symposium – “Education of the Soul”
  • An Evening With Pacifica – “Why Study English”

Past Speakers

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the President and Co-founder of the Acton Institute and the pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, both in Grand Rapids, MI.  A regular writer and commentator on religious, political, economic, and social issues, Rev. Sirico’s contributions have been carried by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Washington Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, among others.  In his recent book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is not only the best way to meet society’s material needs but also the surest protection of human dignity against government encroachment.


David L. Bahnsen is Founder, Managing Director, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management boutique in Newport Beach.  David has been named one of Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Advisors, On Wall Street’s Top 40 Advisors, and Financial Times Top 400 Advisors in America.  David brought The Bahnsen Group independent through the elite boutique fiduciary, HighTower Advisors, in early 2015.  David is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg, and is a regular columnist for Forbes magazine, focusing on the synthesis of markets and ethics.  David serves on the faculty of Acton University and the Blackstone Institute, where he lectures on various aspects of the marketplace, economics, and applied worldview.  David is a co-founder of Pacifica and the Vice-President of its Board of Trustees.

Ward_140x187Michael Ward is a Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas.  Described by N.T. Wright as “the foremost living Lewis scholar” (Times Literary Supplement, 2009), Ward is the author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 2010).  On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death, Dr Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, London.


Cuneo140x187Andrew Cuneo graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in English and then traveled to England to complete an M.Phil. in English Renaissance Literature at the University of Oxford. Before completing graduate studies, he assisted Walter Hooper with research on the unpublished letters of C. S. Lewis, a subject which then became the focus of his doctorate at Oxford. The University awarded him his D.Phil. in English in 2001, making him the first Oxford scholar ever to receive a doctoral degree on C. S. Lewis. Andrew was a former Professor of English and C. S. Lewis Scholar at Hillsdale College and St. Katherine’s College.


Diana Pavlac Glyer is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. She has published extensively on Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings, including contributions to The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. She is the recipient of the Wade Center’s Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant (1997), APU’s Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award (2002), and The Mythopoeic Society Scholarship Award (2008). She is best known for her book The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community. Her latest book is Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings. Learn more about Diana at 



Hayden Butler is the founding Chair of the English Department at Pacifica Christian High School Orange County. He completed his undergraduate work in English Literature before continuing to study English and also Theology at the graduate level. His reading focused on the intersection of poetry and prayer in Shakespearean tragedy. As a teacher, Hayden seeks a sense of integrity, joy, and rigor in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of English. As an Anglican clergyman, he gratefully invites his formation in the liberal arts to assist his work as a preacher and pastor.


TGC is designed to allow our students and our community to participate in a dialogue that will transform the way we live, study, work, and engage the world—or, stated another way: how we think and live well. TGC taps into the great conversations, debates, and issues of our time—and throughout history.

TGC involves online postings and videos, guest lecturers in Pacifica classrooms, public symposia on topics of interest, salon-style events with Pacifica faculty members, and major community speaking events. TGC speakers include Pacifica educators, visiting professors, marketplace and non-profit professionals, public officials, and church leaders.

Ultimately, through TGC, we learn that all parts of life matter to God, including entering into a good conversation with our neighbors—whether or not we always agree. It is with this understanding that we encourage our community to pursue lifelong learning, relationships, and careers. And we encourage our students in the training of their minds, the engaging of their world, and their faithfully leading wherever they are called.