Signum Eagle, Aug. 2014: Fall Classes
Autumn is still a month away, but fall classes at Signum University begin next week. To provide current and prospective students with a better idea of what they can expect after they enroll, this month the Eagle features exclusive interviews about each of the three courses being offered. The interviews were conducted by Mythgard students who previously attended lectures with each professor: Kelly Orazi saw Dr. Douglas A. Anderson’s guest lectures as part of the “Story of the Hobbit” class; Ryan Joy took the first iteration of Dr. Amy H. Sturgis’ “Science Fiction, Part I”; and Dan Kinney participated in Dr. Corey Olsen’s previous “Lewis & Tolkien” course. Classes begin August 25, 2014, and registration for all three Fall courses is open until Sept. 8.
In addition, the Eagle is expanding its coverage of Mythgardian writings and activities far and wide. This month: David Maddock, who spent part of his summer touring several European countries, offers some language insights from his trip; Andy Higgins contributes a review of the new festschrift honoring Signum University Professor Tom Shippey; and Brandon Young provides a look at Tolkien artist (and Mythmoot II special guest) Jef Murray. We also have some highlights from the Mid-Atlantic Mythgard Meetup (aka, “Mid-Moot”) and Mythcon 45.
Explore the “Roots of the Mountain” with Dr. Anderson, by Kelly Orazi
Find Friendship in “Lewis & Tolkien” with Dr. Olsen, by Dan Kinney
My Secret Vice, by David A. Maddock
Mustering Mythgardians at Mythcon, by Katherine Sas
An Evening with Jef “The Wizard” Murray, excerpts from an interview with Brandon Young
News & Announcements
Signumites Around the Web
The following stories have been created by Signum University students, faculty and staff in the last month.
- Katherine Sas: “Following the Age Trajectory”: A Response to the Sunday Times
- Kelly Orazi: Harry Potter Themed Conference LeakyCon Announces “GeekyCon”
- Anne Marie Gazzolo: The History of the Lord of the Rings: Tom Bombadil
- Amy H. Sturgis: Onward and… Onward!
- Dimitra Fimi: On Hobbits and Poetry: Musings on Newly Published Letters by Tolkien
- Poe’s SILENCE — Why John Rateliff considers this story one of the first “modern fantasy” tales.
- Why World War One Is at the Heart of Lord of the Rings — An explanation from the author of Tolkien and the Great War, John Garth.
- Bad puns can be hobbit-forming — This is what happens when sci-fi Grand Master Robert Heinlein tries to write fantasy.
- Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy — Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and its sequels, on why escapism isn’t about escaping.
- David Tennant Guests On The Real History Of Science Fiction — A good primer for Dr. Sturgis’ Science Fiction, Part I class, perhaps?
- Tolkien’s Favourite Tree to Be Cut Down — The decline and fall of an arboreal darling.
Dates of Note
- Now – Fall class registration open
- Now – Mythmoot III early registration open
- 8/20 – Mythgard Academy: Dune Class 4
- 8/27 – Mythgard Academy: Dune Class 5
- 8/25 – Fall classes begin
- 8/31 – Mythmoot III early bird registration ends
- 8/31 – Mythmoot III paper proposals due
- 9/1 – Mythmoot III standard registration opens
- 9/3 – Mythgard Academy: Dune Class 6
- 9/8 – Last day to register for Fall classes
- 9/10 – Mythgard Academy: Dune Class 7
Articles appearing in the Signum Eagle are written by students, staff and faculty of Signum University and the Mythgard Institute.
Editor: Curtis A. Weyant