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A Garden Gate Summer Note on Teaching and the First Days of School

Summertime has come and passed–at least here in Prince Edward Island. Island folk wisdom has it that summers break on the weekend of the Gold Cup & Saucer race in mid-August. How global weather patterns know about a two-minute horserace … Continue reading

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Jacob R. Schreiner Thesis Theatre, “The Logos of Faith: Sub-Creation through Speech-Acts in Tolkien’s Legendarium” (free online event Wednesday, June 1st, 12noon Eastern)

Following a successful event last week–a great conversation with Miriam Davidson on “nonviolence” in The Lord of the Rings–I wanted to send a quick update on the three Signum University Thesis Theatres on The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien’s … Continue reading

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Miriam Davidson Thesis Theatre, “The Sword Not for its Sharpness: Nonviolent countercurrents in Tolkien’s Epic of War” (free online event Thurs, May 26th, 3pm ET)

I wanted to send a quick update on the three Signum University Thesis Theatres on The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien’s Legendarium that I announced last week. Our Signum University master’s students have the opportunity to write a thesis … Continue reading

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3 Upcoming Signum University Thesis Theatres on The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien’s Legendarium

I’m pleased as the week closes to offer a rich set of opportunities to dive meaningfully into Tolkien’s imaginative worlds. There are three upcoming Signum University Thesis Theatres on The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien’s Legendarium (all times Eastern): … Continue reading

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“Reading Lewis’ Ransom Cycle” a Short Course with Dr. Sørina Higgins and the Signum SPACE Program

For some time, I have been wanting to highlight Signum University’s SPACE program. This is Signum’s new, innovative, popular, adult education program. “Academically serious but fun” is how they describe this affordable program that focuses “purely on the love of … Continue reading

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Tolkien Prof Corey Olsen on the Rings of Power Trailer and How to Talk About the Worlds We Love

In my post on the title announcement to the new Middle-earth Prime series, The Rings of Power, I admitted to having a split mind and cautious hopefulness about the film serial. I wrote that: “my confidence is not high that … Continue reading

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CFP: TexMoot 2022: Starships, Stewards, and Storytellers (Mar 22nd 2022, Call for Papers)

TexMoot 2022: Signum University’s Fourth Annual Texas Literature & Language Symposium 26 March 2022 at the Norris Conference Center 2525 W. Anderson Ln Austin, TX 78757 and online What is a “Moot”?  The word “moot” refers to a meeting or … Continue reading

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Upcoming Signum University and Mythgard Online Events (For Tolkien, Fantasy, SF, and Language Lovers)

Happy Friday dear friends! As regular readers will know, I teach at Signum University in their online MA program. Part of Signum’s culture is to have some local gatherings–moots, they are appropriately called, and now hybrid events for those who … Continue reading

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John Garth, Maximilian Hart, Kris Swank, and Myself on Ursula K. Le Guin, Language, Tolkien, and World-building (Friday Feature)

Happy Friday everyone! I am preparing for the upcoming Signum University Ursula K. Le Guin course that I am precepting (for which there may be a spot or two open, and you can see a second invite here). Elbow-deep in … Continue reading

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Thesis Theater: Maximilian Hart, “Draconic Diction: Truth and Lies in Le Guin’s Old Speech” (Mon, Aug 16, 6pm Eastern)

I was pleased this summer to be the second reader for an exciting project by one of Signum University’s bright MA students. Beginning with curiosity about “Old Speech” in Ursula K. Le Guin‘s Earthsea series, Maximilian Hart has pulled together … Continue reading

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