Corey Olsen

Dr. Corey Olsen – suit and tie

Corey Olsen

University President; Board Member Ex Officio; Lecturer

Corey Olsen is president of Signum University. He brings his scholarship on Tolkien to the public, seeking to engage a wide and diverse audience in serious intellectual and literary conversation though his podcast, The Tolkien Professor.

Dr. Corey Olsen is the President of Signum University and Mythgard Institute. In addition to teaching classes on J.R.R. Tolkien, Chaucer, and modern fantasy literature for Signum, Dr. Olsen has extended the concept of the digital classroom to include non-traditional outlets. Through the Mythgard Academy, he offers free weekly lectures on works of speculative fiction chosen by Signum University supporters, and he has embraced the “new literature” of cinema and video game adaptations through interactive programs such as The Silmarillion Film Project and in-game discussions of Lord of the Rings Online.

On his teaching website, The Tolkien Professor, Dr. Olsen brings his scholarship on Tolkien to the public, seeking to engage a wide and diverse audience in serious intellectual and literary conversation. His website features a series of detailed lectures on The Hobbit and recordings of the weekly meetings of the Silmarillion Seminar, which worked its way through the Silmarillion chapter by chapter, as well as more informal Q&A sessions with listeners. His book Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, was published by Houghton Mifflin in September 2012.

Dr. Olsen obtained his B.A in English and Astrophysics from Williams College in 1996, going on to Columbia University where he obtained his M.A. in 1997, M.Phil in 2000, and his Ph.D in medieval literature in 2003. Upon graduation from Columbia University, Dr. Olsen obtained teaching positions at Temple University, Columbia University, Nyack College, and Washington College. In 2011, Dr. Olsen started Signum University and the Mythgard Institute. His undergraduate and graduate teaching subjects include J.R.R.Tolkien, Arthurian literature, Chaucer, and Sir Thomas Malory.

Upcoming Courses

IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
LITD 5302Chaucer II: The Canterbury Tales12 WeeksJanuary 11, 2021

Other Courses

IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
LITD 5301Chaucer I: Visions of Love12 WeeksAugust 31, 2020
LITA 5302Lewis & Tolkien12 WeeksJanuary 13, 2020
LITA 5313Modern Fantasy II12 WeeksJanuary 13, 2020
LITA 5304Modern Fantasy12 WeeksAugust 26, 2019
LITA 5307Beyond Middle-earth12 WeeksMay 6, 2019
LITA 5305The Story of the Hobbit12 WeeksMay 7, 2018
LITA 5311Tolkien’s Poetry12 WeeksJanuary 15, 2018

Upcoming Events

IDEvent NameDurationStart Date
MiddleMoot 2020 (Online)0 HoursOctober 10, 2020
LOTRO Marathon: The Great Wedding of Aragorn and Arwen10 HoursSeptember 26, 2020

Other Events

IDEvent NameDurationStart Date
2020 Hobbit Day Reading and Annual Campaign Launch2 HoursSeptember 22, 2020
Signum Symposium: How the Humanities Can Fix the Foundational Skills Gap-3 WeeksAugust 27, 2020
Mythmoot VII: Defying and Defining Darkness1 WeeksAugust 6, 2020
Summit on Teaching the Humanities0 HoursJuly 25, 2020
State of the University Spring 20201 HoursMay 5, 2020
POSTPONED: Magnolia Moot 20200 HoursApril 18, 2020
Teaching Engaging Classes Online: A Tutorial and Discussion1 HoursMarch 16, 2020
SoCalMoot 20200 HoursFebruary 22, 2020
Signum Symposium: An Eglerio to Christopher Tolkien1 HoursFebruary 13, 2020
Texmoot 20201 WeeksFebruary 8, 2020
Signum Symposium: Roundtable on Spring 2020 Courses1 HoursJanuary 12, 2020
What is Signum Culture?1 HoursDecember 12, 2019
Baymoot 20198 HoursNovember 23, 2019
2019 Annual Fund Campaign Finale6 HoursOctober 19, 2019
MiddleMoot 20190 HoursOctober 12, 2019
Fall 2019 State of the University Address1 HoursOctober 7, 2019
New England Moot 20195 HoursSeptember 29, 2019
Hobbit Day Readings 20192 HoursSeptember 22, 2019
Mythgard Movie Club: Watership Down (miniseries)2 HoursSeptember 5, 2019
Mythgard Movie Club: Camelot2 HoursAugust 8, 2019
Mythmoot VI: Dragons3 DaysJune 27, 2019
Tolkien Biopic Discussion0 HoursMay 19, 2019
Nedermoot 20195 WeeksApril 13, 2019
Spring 2019 State of the University Address1 HoursMarch 25, 2019
Sunshine Moot 20198 HoursMarch 23, 2019
Amazon LOTR Cartographic Colloquy1 HoursMarch 10, 2019
Tolkien Biopic Trailer Discussion 21 HoursMarch 8, 2019
Tolkien Biopic Trailer Discussion1 HoursFebruary 19, 2019
Texmoot 2019: Around the Talkative Planet4 WeeksJanuary 19, 2019
Magnolia Moot 20187 HoursNovember 10, 2018
LAMoot 20182 WeeksOctober 27, 2018
2018 Signum University Webathon11 HoursOctober 13, 2018
MMC001-09Mythgard Movie Club: She2 HoursOctober 11, 2018
MiddleMoot 20187 HoursOctober 6, 2018
LOTRO Marathon: Take Wigend to Minas Tirith!1 DaysSeptember 29, 2018
Hobbit Day Reading, Panel Discussion & Campaign Kick-Off!2 HoursSeptember 22, 2018
BayMoot 20185 WeeksAugust 18, 2018
LondonMoot 20188 HoursApril 28, 2018
MMC001-03Mythgard Movie Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy9 WeeksFebruary 22, 2018
The Inklings & King Arthur Roundtable1 HoursFebruary 5, 2018
Texmoot0 HoursJanuary 13, 2018
Upper Midwest Regional Midmoot8 HoursOctober 7, 2017
Hobbit Day Reading with Corey Olsen1 HoursSeptember 22, 2017
Mythmoot IV: Invoking Wonder…3 DaysJune 1, 2017
Wigend Rides to Rohan8 HoursMarch 25, 2017
2016 Fall Campaign Webathon9 HoursOctober 29, 2016
LOTRO: Wigend Marathon8 HoursOctober 22, 2016
SilmFilm – Adaptation with Ted Nasmith3 WeeksOctober 3, 2016
LOTRO: Gryfflet Marathon8 HoursOctober 1, 2016
Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (MidMoot) 20161 DaysSeptember 24, 2016
2016 Fall Campaign Kickoff2 HoursSeptember 22, 2016