Corey Olsen

Dr. Corey Olsen – suit and tie

Corey Olsen

University President; Board Member Ex Officio; Lecturer; Coach

Corey Olsen is the founder and president of Signum University and the longtime host of The Tolkien Professor podcast.

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.

Other Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITA 5305 The Story of the Hobbit 12 Weeks August 30, 2021
LITA 5311 Tolkien’s Poetry 12 Weeks May 3, 2021
LITD 5302 Chaucer II: The Canterbury Tales 12 Weeks January 11, 2021
LITD 5301 Chaucer I: Visions of Love 12 Weeks August 31, 2020
LITA 5313 Modern Fantasy II 12 Weeks January 13, 2020
LITA 5302 Lewis & Tolkien 12 Weeks January 13, 2020
LITA 5304 Modern Fantasy 12 Weeks August 26, 2019
LITA 5307 Beyond Middle-earth 12 Weeks May 6, 2019

Other Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hosting a Regional Moot, but Were Afraid to Ask 2 Hours March 15, 2022
Signum Academy Open House for Homeschoolers 1 Hours December 7, 2021
State of the University Fall 2020 1 Hours October 17, 2020
Signum University: Who We Are 1 Hours October 15, 2020
MiddleMoot 2020 (Online) 0 Hours October 10, 2020
LOTRO Marathon: The Great Wedding of Aragorn and Arwen 10 Hours September 26, 2020
2020 Hobbit Day Reading and Annual Campaign Launch 2 Hours September 22, 2020
Signum Symposium: How the Humanities Can Fix the Foundational Skills Gap -3 Weeks August 27, 2020
Mythmoot VII: Defying and Defining Darkness 1 Weeks August 6, 2020
Summit on Teaching the Humanities 0 Hours July 25, 2020
State of the University Spring 2020 1 Hours May 5, 2020
POSTPONED: Magnolia Moot 2020 0 Hours April 18, 2020
Teaching Engaging Classes Online: A Tutorial and Discussion 1 Hours March 16, 2020
SoCalMoot 2020 0 Hours February 22, 2020
Signum Symposium: An Eglerio to Christopher Tolkien 1 Hours February 13, 2020
Texmoot 2020 1 Weeks February 8, 2020
Signum Symposium: Roundtable on Spring 2020 Courses 1 Hours January 12, 2020
What is Signum Culture? 1 Hours December 12, 2019
Baymoot 2019 8 Hours November 23, 2019
2019 Annual Fund Campaign Finale 6 Hours October 19, 2019
MiddleMoot 2019 0 Hours October 12, 2019
Fall 2019 State of the University Address 1 Hours October 7, 2019
New England Moot 2019 5 Hours September 29, 2019
Hobbit Day Readings 2019 2 Hours September 22, 2019
Mythgard Movie Club: Watership Down (miniseries) 2 Hours September 5, 2019
Mythgard Movie Club: Camelot 2 Hours August 8, 2019
Mythmoot VI: Dragons 3 Days June 27, 2019
Tolkien Biopic Discussion 0 Hours May 19, 2019
Nedermoot 2019 5 Weeks April 13, 2019
Spring 2019 State of the University Address 1 Hours March 25, 2019
Sunshine Moot 2019 8 Hours March 23, 2019
Amazon LOTR Cartographic Colloquy 1 Hours March 10, 2019
Tolkien Biopic Trailer Discussion 2 1 Hours March 8, 2019
Tolkien Biopic Trailer Discussion 1 Hours February 19, 2019
Texmoot 2019: Around the Talkative Planet 4 Weeks January 19, 2019
Magnolia Moot 2018 7 Hours November 10, 2018
LAMoot 2018 2 Weeks October 27, 2018
2018 Signum University Webathon 11 Hours October 13, 2018
MMC001-09 Mythgard Movie Club: She 2 Hours October 11, 2018
MiddleMoot 2018 7 Hours October 6, 2018
LOTRO Marathon: Take Wigend to Minas Tirith! 1 Days September 29, 2018
Hobbit Day Reading, Panel Discussion & Campaign Kick-Off! 2 Hours September 22, 2018
BayMoot 2018 5 Weeks August 18, 2018
LondonMoot 2018 8 Hours April 28, 2018
MMC001-03 Mythgard Movie Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 9 Weeks February 22, 2018
The Inklings & King Arthur Roundtable 1 Hours February 5, 2018
Texmoot 0 Hours January 13, 2018
Upper Midwest Regional Midmoot 8 Hours October 7, 2017
Hobbit Day Reading with Corey Olsen 1 Hours September 22, 2017
Mythmoot IV: Invoking Wonder… 3 Days June 1, 2017
Wigend Rides to Rohan 8 Hours March 25, 2017
2016 Fall Campaign Webathon 9 Hours October 29, 2016
LOTRO: Wigend Marathon 8 Hours October 22, 2016
SilmFilm – Adaptation with Ted Nasmith 3 Weeks October 3, 2016
LOTRO: Gryfflet Marathon 8 Hours October 1, 2016
Mythgard Midatlantic Speculative Fiction Symposium (MidMoot) 2016 1 Days September 24, 2016
2016 Fall Campaign Kickoff 2 Hours September 22, 2016