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Friday, August 7, 2020

Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Official Welcome: Corey Olsen

8:30 – 9:00 am in Rivendell

Keynote Session: Verlyn Flieger

9:00 – 10:00 am in Rivendell

Dr. Flieger will speak on “Defying and Defining Darkness?”


10:00 – 10:30am

Lunch Break

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Keynote – John DiBartolo

1:00 – 2:00 pm in Rivendell

“A Song of Challenge: Prophecy & Song in Middle-earth”

Signum Update – Corey Olsen

2:00 – 2:30 pm in Rivendell

Dr. Olsen will update us on all the things going on at Signum University and the Mythgard Institute.

Thesis Theater Panel

2:30 – 3:30 pm in Coruscant

Signum MA students must complete a thesis project in order to graduate. Join Liam Daley as he interviews students and alumni who recently completed their theses.


3:30 – 4:00 pm

“The Bargain” – A Reader’s Theater

4:00 – 6:00 pm in Rivendell

The Mythmoot Players present a reading of “The Bargain,” a play by Verlyn Flieger, from her new book Arthurian Voices. “The Bargain” is based on the story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” and will feature the talents of Sparrow Alden, Liam Daley, Kate Neville, Corey Olsen, Richard Rohlin, and Sørina Higgins.

Note: Attendees of Mythmoot VII: Defying and Defining Darkness can get a discount on Dr. Flieger’s book Arthurian Voices, when purchased directly from the publisher, The Gabbro Head Press. See the book’s product page at the publisher’s website for details.

Dinner and Q&A with Dr. Flieger

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Have something you’ve always wanted to ask Dr. Flieger? Bring your questions (and your dinner)!

Poetry Workshop – Corey Olsen

7:00 – 8:00 pm in Coruscant

Join Dr. Corey Olsen for a poetry-reading workshop. After a little practice in hearing the shape and structure of poetic lines, attendees will get a chance to dig in and try to figure out how some of Tolkien’s most mysterious poems from The Lord of the Rings work, mapping out these poems together, using Dr. Olsen’s experimental sound-mapping system. Come help Dr. Olsen understand these poems better! The session will be interactive, with much discussion and reading aloud, led by Dr. Olsen.

Coffeehouse: Works in Progress – Sørina Higgins

8:00 – 9:00 pm

Works in Progress is new to Mythmoot. Learn what your colleagues are up to academically and professionally. New research? New job? New area of studies? Come and give us a short description (3-4 minutes) of what you are working on right now.  Everyone is welcome to attend, but if you would like to sign up to share, please send us an email at [email protected]. Hosted by Sørina Higgins.

Lord of the Rings Online with Corey Olsen

8:00pm – ??

Be Corey’s plus-one to the royal wedding of Aragorn and Arwen!

This event will be streamed live on Signum University’s Twitch channel

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