2024.10.05 StuttMüt, October 5, 2024

Date & Time

Start: October 5, 2024, 9:00 am

End: October 5, 2024, 5:00 pm

Address

Humboldtstrasse 30/32 70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany

Courage: How Fantasy Helps Us Develop Bravery and Valor

Signum University and the Mythgard Institute invite you to join us on Saturday, October 5, 2024, for StuttMüt 2024. This hybrid, English-language event will occur at the Rock Business Center in Stuttgart, Germany. For our first journey to Germany, our theme is “Courage: How Fantasy Helps Us Develop Bravery and Valor”.

Register Here for StuttMüt

Price: $50.00 USD for in-person attendance, $25.00 USD for remote attendance

“I’ll get there, if I leave everything but my bones behind,” said Sam. “And I’ll carry Mr. Frodo up myself, if it breaks my back and heart.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King.

In a world where the mundane often overshadows the extraordinary, the realm of fantasy provides a sanctuary for the human spirit. Courage comes from the spirit to confront intimidating or dangerous circumstances. J.R.R. Tolkien understood this well and embodied his heroes, both great and small, with valor of all kinds. From Frodo and Sam in The Lord of the Rings, to Niggle from Leaf by Niggle, and even Farmer Giles (in the end) from Farmer Giles of Ham. fantasy characters can teach us that we can be the heroes of our own stories. Such fantasy allows us to develop strength by seeing characters act bravely, putting ourselves in such positions to make decisions with or as characters while still feeling safe. True courage may not even be recognized inside us until it is required. Through learning from brave actions and acting on them, the valor in our hearts can win out despite our failings.

We invite you to join us in Germany and learn about how courage can be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.

Corey Olsen, wearing a black shirt and standing in front of a black curtain, cannot hide the light in his eyes—his enthusiasm for helping people to learn what they love best. Corey is a man of European descent with a trim salt-and-pepper bears, wire rimmed glasses, a gentle smile, and a tinkling eye.

Corey Olsen, PhD, is our guest of honor. As the president of Signum University, Corey is the inspiring force behind a team of planners, educators, and visionaries revolutionizing education for the third millennium. In addition to teaching classes on J.R.R. Tolkien, Chaucer, and modern fantasy literature for Signum, Dr. Olsen has extended the digital classroom concept to include non-traditional outlets. His Exploring the Lord of the Rings podcast, a sentence-by-sentence examination of The Lord of the Rings, has been going strong for seven years and is expected to end sometime in 2045! 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.

Our Call for Proposals – be they academic papers, creative presentations, workshops, or panel discussions – on the topic of Courage is now open and will close on September 5. Please note that a conference theme helps tie the day together and optimize fun—and we welcome anyone to respond to the Call for Proposals. Our moots are fantastic places for anyone to develop their presentation skills.

Submit Your Proposal Here

A cloudy circle of black, red, and gold surrounds the word "StuttMut". A yellow horse is rearing on the bottom right.

Courage: How Fantasy Helps Us Develop Bravery and Valor Signum University and the Mythgard Institute invite you to join us on Saturday, October 5, 2024, for StuttMüt 2024. This hybrid, English-language event will occur at the Rock Business Center in Stuttgart, Germany. For our first journey to Germany, our theme is “Courage: How Fantasy Helps…