The schedule for UVM’s upcoming Tolkien in Vermont conference has been released! The conference is an annual, scholarly examination of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legacy, and it’s an interesting way to learn some new things about the author who created Middle Earth. This year’s theme is Tolkien and Medieval Verse.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, April 10th, 2015
- Friday evening Tolkien fireside readings 2015, Lafayette Hall L207: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Lafayette Hall L207: 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.
- J.R.R. Tolkien: Performance Artist and Modern Medievalist, Gerry Blair • independent scholar
- Verses and Prose: Medieval Narrative, Nineteenth Century Medievalism, and Tolkien, Jamie Williamson • Senior Lecturer of English • University of Vermont
- Modern Fantasy’s Roots in Medieval Verse, Andrew Liptak • independent scholar/Norwich University
- Guinevere, Grimhild, and the Corrigan: Witches and Bitches in Tolkien’s Medieval Narrative Verse; or, Good Girls Don’t Use Magic (Except if You’re Galadriel, but Elf Magic is Different, and Who Ever Said Galadriel Was a Good Girl?), Dr. Kristine Larsen • Professor of Physics and Astronomy • Central Connecticut State University
- A Brief Exploration of Tolkien’s Alliterative Verse and Echoes of The Fall of Arthur Heard in Middle-earth, Andrew Peterson • independent scholar
- Dyrne langað: Secret Longing in Beowulf and The Lord of the Rings, Dr. Chris Vaccaro • Senior Lecturer • University of Vermont
- Keynote: Scholarship as Art, Art as Scholarship: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf, Dr. Michael Drout • Professor • Wheaton College
- Poetic Time-Travel in The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm’s Son, Anna Smol • Professor • Mount Saint Vincent University
- Beowulf and Thorin as Ancestral Heroes: Their Choices, and the Dragons They Face, Cheryl Hunter • Lecturer • Southern New Hampshire University
Sunday, April 12th, 2015
- Undergraduate Voices. Location TBA
- 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Sunday Springle-ring 2015, Organized and hosted by the Tolkien Club of UVM
I’ll be presenting on Saturday morning with a look at how Modern Fantasy (spearheaded by Tolkien) emerged from much older stories. Full details can be found here.