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  • Mythmoot XI: Registration Open

    Huzzah! After many and complex logistics have been negotiated, sorted, and pounded into shape, the Mythmoot XI registration is open! What is Mythmoot? It is Signum University’s Annual Speculative Literature Conference, bringing together all of our community from every niche of the University. Fans of the Mythgard Institute, Students from the Graduate School of Arts,…

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  • An Ode to Spring Reading: The Shelves of Signum Part II

    By Bronwyn Rivera The season of reading is in full bloom here at Signum University, and we are thrilled to present you with the second installation of the Shelves of Signum series. From hopepunk and environmental science to quests for freedom and unconventional fairytales, the following book recommendations are offered by our staff members. Some…

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  • A World of Pure Collaboration: a Look Inside the Signum Collaboratory

    By Bronwyn Rivera Officially launched on December 9, 2023, the Signum Collaboratory is an experimental platform that allows content-makers to publish their academic and artistic creations online. Yet it’s more than an outlet into the virtual void. Members of the Collaboratory can rest assured they will receive their hard-earned dues. Signum’s Director of Commerce, Robbie…

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  • October Showcase in SPACE!

    Saturday, October 28th on Zoom Signum’s Portals for Adult Continuing Ed have been blasting off for two years! To celebrate our one-month-no-credit modules of learning and fun, the SPACE folks present a Showcase of half-hour learning capsules in an unrecorded, FREE event open to everyone on the internet. Our Capsule sessions are 30-minute samples of…

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  • New Adventures in the Unexplored and Unexpected: (Re)Introducing “Literary Copernicus: The Cosmic Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft”

    By Bronwyn Rivera Have you ever wondered what Cthulhu, Stranger Things, and the Elder Scrolls have in common? Or how to approach problematic authors who wrote beloved texts? Or perhaps, in an age of unrest and unpredictability, you want to know how characters cope with circumstances far beyond themselves. If so, please consider joining us…

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  • “Looking Upon a Familiar Sight”: Announcing Mythmoot X: Homeward Bound

    By Bronwyn Rivera Sometimes, home is behind. Other times, it is just up ahead. From June 22-25, the community of Signum University welcomes you to our 10th annual speculative fiction conference, Mythmoot X: Homeward Bound. Please join us for four marvelous days of thought-provoking academic presentations, interactive discussion panels, creative workshops, and more. *New this…

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  • Process of Illumination: Introducing Tolkien Illustrated: Picturing the Legendarium for Summer 2023

    By Bronwyn Rivera In Tolkien scholarship, the roads of literature and philology go ever on and on. This Summer 2023, we step off these well-worn paths and enter the visual realm instead. Signum University is delighted to introduce Visiting Lecturer Dr. Joel Merriner and his brand-new literature class: Tolkien Illustrated: Picturing the Legendarium. Dr. Merriner,…

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  • Celebrating the Love for Books: The Shelves of Signum Pt. I

    By Bronwyn Rivera T’is the season of Saint Valentine’s Day. In place of chocolates and roses, Signum University offers you the key to our collective literary heart through the Shelves of Signum. In this brand-new series, we invite you to wander an ever-expanding library stuffed with titles recommended by our faculty members. Whether you seek…

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  • Another Age, Another Layer: “Race, Gender, and the Other in Tolkien” for Spring 2023

    By Bronwyn Rivera How do we tackle the most up-to-date issues and questions in our primary age and apply them to the fictional world of Middle-earth? What do the mannerisms of Orcs tell us about otherness? In what ways was Tolkien extremely positive towards difference, and when did his era’s cultural or societal assumptions set…

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  • Celebrate Our Signum Community

    The fun of Mythgard!The excitement of SPACE!The rigor of the Graduate School! Signum is no correspondence school or passive entertainment channel. Leading the revolution in global education, Signum University is a community. Folks who attend Mythgard productions with The Tolkien Professor engage him and one another in conversation, debate, and discovery. Preceptor passions drive the…

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Open Events

  • 2024.05.10 Thesis Theatre: Shannon Choudhari

    2024.05.10 Thesis Theatre: Shannon Choudhari

    “I wonder what you’ve been up to?”: The Notion Club Papers and Tolkien’s Vision of Creative Mysticism Since it’s publication in 1992, Tolkien’s unfinished time-travel story The Notion Club Papers has received relatively infrequent critical attention for its depiction of time and time-travel, as well as for its representation of Tolkien’s Númenor legend. This thesis…

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  • 2024.08.31 Cascade Moot, August 31, 2024

    2024.08.31 Cascade Moot, August 31, 2024

    From the Fringe: The Importance of Secondary and Tertiary Characters Signum University and the Mythgard Institute invite you to join us on Saturday, August 31, 2024, for Cascade Moot 2024. This hybrid event will occur in Maple Hall at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. For our second journey to the Pacific Northwest, our…

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  • 2024.09.20-22 Ranger Moot September 20-22, 2024

    2024.09.20-22 Ranger Moot September 20-22, 2024

    Signum University and the Mythgard Institute invite you to join us Friday to Sunday, September 20-22, 2024, for Ranger Moot 2024. This unique, outdoor, hybrid event will take place at Camp Friedlander in Loveland, OH. Unlike our other Regional Moots, we are not offering a theme for this particular Moot, other than to bring your…

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  • 2024.10.05 StuttMüt, October 5, 2024

    2024.10.05 StuttMüt, October 5, 2024

    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…

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  • 2024.10.19 New England Moot, October 19, 2024

    2024.10.19 New England Moot, October 19, 2024

    Wicked Wisdom and Forbidden Knowledge Signum University and the Mythgard Institute invite you to join us on October 19 for New England Moot 2024. This hybrid event will occur at Studio Lab in Derry, NH. This year, we invite you to contemplate the themes of “Wicked Wisdom and Forbidden Knowledge“.  Register Here for New England…

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  • 2024.10.26 Middle Moot, October 26, 2024

    2024.10.26 Middle Moot, October 26, 2024

    Consolation, Recovery, & Hope in Faerie Signum University and the Mythgard Institute invite you to join us on Saturday, October 26, 2024, for Middle Moot 2024. This hybrid event will occur at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO. For our return to the Midwest, our theme is “Consolation, Recovery,…

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  • 2024.11.09 Carolina Moot: Saturday, November 9, 2024

    2024.11.09 Carolina Moot: Saturday, November 9, 2024

    Teaching and Learning from Fantasy Signum University, the Mythgard Institute, and The Carolina Tolkien Fellowship invite you to join us on November 9 for Carolina Moot 2024. This hybrid event will occur at High Point University in High Point, NC. This year, we invite you to contemplate the theme of “Teaching and Learning from Fantasy.”…

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  • 2025.02.22 Sunshine Moot, February 22, 2025

    2025.02.22 Sunshine Moot, February 22, 2025

    The Muppet Lord of the Rings Signum University and the Mythgard Institute invite you to join us on Saturday, February 22, 2025, for Sunshine Moot 2025. This hybrid event will occur at the Drury Inn & Suites – Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL. For our return to the Sunshine State, our theme this year…

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  • 2025.04.26 Willow Moot, 26 April, 2025

    2025.04.26 Willow Moot, 26 April, 2025

    How Culture Influences Our Creation and Interpretation of Fiction Signum University and the Mythgard Institute invite you to join us on 26 April for Willow Moot 2025. This English-language hybrid event will occur at the Collegium Veteranorum at Maria Theresa College in Leuven, Belgium. For our first appearance in Belgium, we invite you to contemplate…

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