“One Fantastic Rogue Beast” Live Discussion

one-fantastic-rogue-beast-1-263x263Last Friday night I had the privilege to be part of a unique panel discussion. Signum University hosted an impromptu Signum Symposium called “One Fantastic Rogue Beast.” The discussion featured a team of fantasy bloggers and podcasters who spend their time thinking about the intersection of culture and film.

Sørina Higgins, chair of Literature and Language at SignumU, hosted a discussion of two hot films: Rogue One and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. These are two hot insertions, one into the Star Wars universe and one into the Harry Potter fictional world. We had a great chat, and Sørina signed off after the 90 minutes we had allotted. When she slid away, the rest of us stayed on the software to chat for a bit, thinking that we were now a closed room. Obviously there was more to say as none of us actually agreed to keep talking. It just happened, and we had a great discussion for about 45 minutes afterwards.

The great joke on us was that the film was still rolling and there were dozens of people still online! You can catch it all on the SignumU youtube page, or just click on the video below. The panel helped me think through the films, and you can see how the conversation spun off into all kinds of interesting ways.

Here are the quick media details of each of the panelists:

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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8 Responses to “One Fantastic Rogue Beast” Live Discussion

  1. Reblogged this on The Oddest Inkling and commented:
    Here’s a post on A Pilgrim in Narnia with the video from last week’s Signum Symposium on “Rogue One” and “Fantastic Beasts.” Enjoy!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. randamir says:

    It was a great discussion. Thanks for posting.


  3. The discussion was great! It helped me with my review of Rogue One on Screenfish.net. If you’re interested, here is a link: http://screenfish.net/star-wars-criticizing-the-rogue-ones/


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