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

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITA 5302 Lewis & Tolkien 12 Weeks January 13, 2020
LITA 5313 Modern Fantasy II 12 Weeks January 13, 2020

Other Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITA 5304 Modern Fantasy 12 Weeks August 26, 2019
LITA 5307 Beyond Middle-earth 12 Weeks May 6, 2019
LITA 5305 The Story of the Hobbit 12 Weeks May 7, 2018
LITA 5311 Tolkien’s Poetry 12 Weeks January 15, 2018
LITD 5302 Chaucer II: The Canterbury Tales 12 Weeks January 15, 2018
LITD 5301 Chaucer I: Visions of Love 12 Weeks August 28, 2017

Upcoming Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Mythmoot VII: Defying and Defining Darkness 3 Days June 25, 2020
Texmoot 2020 Full Day February 8, 2020
Baymoot 2019 8 Hours November 23, 2019

Other Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
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