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Tolkien at Kalamazoo May 13-16

Modtheow
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May 3 2010, 4:56am

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"Tolkien at Kalamazoo" is a group that sponsors sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University every year. Among the thousands of people who attend the Congress are the Tolkien people (not all of whom are medievalists!). Here is the schedule of Tolkien events for this year, most of them sponsored by "Tolkien at Kalamazoo" but some others as well. N.E. Brigand is one Tornsib who is on the program, and some of you might recognize Chris Vaccaro, whose students visit the Reading Room once a year. I'll be attending -- anyone else from TORn? Information about the whole conference is available on the Congress website.



May 13



--Thursday 10:00 Session 27
NEH Summer Institute “J. R. R. Tolkien: The Real and Imagined Middle Ages” One Year Later
Organizer: Judy Ann Ford, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Judy Ann Ford
Just a War Theory to Rule All Them History Classes? A Model for High School
Paul Wexler, Needham High School
Free Will and the Enemy: A Study in the Dichotomy of the Orcs
James Tustin, Clark High School
By Paths Appointed
Leta Edwards, NEH Summer Institute on Tolkien
Beowulf and the Early Middle Ages
Ethan Dolleman, NEH Summer Institute on Tolkien
The Symbolic Power of Water
Diana Caddell, Austin Community College
Tolkien as Father
Sandra Pettit, NEH Summer Institute on Tolkien

--Thursday 3:30 Session 113
In Honor of Tom Shippey II: Medievalism
Organizer: William F. Hodapp, College of St. Scholastica
Presider: William F. Hodapp
Ulterior Alteriority: The Middle Ages and Global Periodicity
Peter H. Goodrich, Northern Michigan Univ.
Really Ancient Druids in British Medievalist Drama
Clare A. Simmons, Ohio State Univ.
Middle-Earth and the Waste Land: Greenwood, Apocalypse, and Post-War Resolution
Edward L. Risden, St. Norbert College

May 14


--Friday 10:00. Session 248
Medieval Fantasy, Alchemy, and Modern Science in Tolkien’s Legendarium
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Robin Anne Reid
Elvencentrism: “Elven Nature Preserves” in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien
Ann Martinez, Univ. of Kansas
“Worlds on Worlds”: Tolkien, Lewis, and the Medieval and Modern Theological Implications of Extraterrestrial Life
Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ.
Inside Literature: Tolkien’s Explorations of Medieval Genres
John D. Rateliff, Independent Scholar
J. R. R. Tolkien and The Battle of Maldon: An Example of “Freer” Verse?
Stuart D. Lee, Univ. of Oxford

--Friday 1:30 Session 264
Tolkien and the Bible
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Christopher T. Vaccaro, Univ. of Vermont
Neues Testament und Märchen: Tolkien, Fairy Stories, and the Gospels
John William Houghton, Hill School
“Justice is not healing”: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Pauline Constructs in “Finwë and Míriel”
Amelia A. Rutledge, George Mason Univ.
Tolkien on the Old English Pater Noster: Digging Niggling Calligraphy
John R. Holmes, Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville
The Lord of the Fish: Tolkien and the Book of Jonah
Michael Foster, Independent Scholar

--Friday 3:30 Session 331
Tolkien as Scholar, Translator, Academic
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Bradford Lee Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
Tolkien as Pearl Maiden: Exhortation as Parable
David Thomson, Baylor Univ.
Casting Away Treasures: Tolkien’s Use of The Pearl in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
Leigh Smith, East Stroudsburg Univ.
The Pearl and The Jewels: Beren and Luthien and The Pearl
Janice M. Bogstad, Univ. of Wisconsin–Eau Claire


--Friday 7:30 p.m.
Tolkien Unbound: Readers’ Theater Performance
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Merlin DeTardo, Independent Scholar
Readings from Sigurd and Gudrun
Yvette Kisor, Ramapo College: Jennifer Culver, Univ. of Texas–Dallas; and Bradford Lee Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
“The Road Goes Ever On” by Donald Swann
Eileen Marie Moore, Cleveland State Univ.
The Lord of the Ringos
Michael Foster, Independent Scholar, and Amy Amendt-Raduege, Whatcom Community College

May 15

--Saturday 10:00 a.m Session 394
The Hobbit (A Roundtable)

Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.
Presider: Douglas A. Anderson, Independent Scholar

A roundtable discussion with Jennifer Culver, Univ. of Texas–Dallas; Deborah Sabo, Univ. of Arkansas–Fayetteville; John D. Rateliff, Independent Scholar; Corey Olsen, Washington College; Janice M. Bogstad, Univ. of Wisconsin–Eau Claire; and Merlin DeTardo, Independent Scholar.


--Saturday, noon
Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Business Meeting

--Saturday 3:30 session 521
Medievalism in Music and the Fine Arts
Sponsor: Studies in Medievalism
Organizer: Richard Utz, Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Kirsten Yri, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.
Staging Olivier Messiaen’s Medievalism: Between Adorno and Saint Francis of Assisi
John Pitcher, Univ. of the Fraser Valley
Historicizing Neumatic Notation: Medieval Neumes as Cultural Artifacts of the Early Modern Times
Eduardo Henrik Aubert, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Historicizing Medieval Liturgical Chant: Medieval Chant as Cultural Artifact in the Eighteenth Century
Nils Holger Petersen, Københavns Univ.
Jeff Smith’s “Bone”: Revising Tolkien and Lewis’s Antimodernist Fantasies
Andrew Taylor, Western Michigan Univ.

May 16

--Sunday 8:30 a.m. Session 533
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Benjamin S. W. Barootes, McGill Univ.
To Be or Not to Be? The Enigma of the Balrog in Tolkien’s Mythology
Bradford Lee Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
Tolkien’s Ramblin’ Men
Peter Grybauskas, Univ. of Maryland
“It is enough to make the dead rise out of their graves!”: Tolkien, Oliphant, and Gendered Conventions of the Supernatural
Sharin Schroeder, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities


--Sunday 10:30 Session 570
Teaching Tolkien (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Judy Ann Ford, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
A roundtable discussion with Victoria Wodzak, Viterbo Univ.; Michael Foster, Independent Scholar; Jon Porter, Butler Univ.; Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ.; Corey Olsen, Washington College; and Benjamin S. W. Barootes, McGill Univ.


sador
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May 3 2010, 6:30am

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Especially when shared when Anderson! Wink

A fair warning: I am a nitpicker by taste, talents and profession.

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Voronwë_the_Faithful
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May 10 2010, 8:29pm

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Pretty good company for a panel on The Hobbit! But N.E.B. definitely can hold his own.

'But very bright were the stars upon the margin of the world, when at times the clouds about the West were drawn aside.'

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sador
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May 13 2010, 12:09pm

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A fair warning: I am a nitpicker by taste, talents and profession.

"...Still, undespairing, do we sometimes slowly file
Discursive threads regardless of our doom..."
- squire.



Oiotári
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May 17 2010, 1:48am

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we wants to know

It sounds like it must have been really interesting
and long
has your brain exploded from all of that information yet?


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Modtheow
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May 18 2010, 2:57pm

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Way too much to report on here, but I can tell you a bit about N.E. Brigand's presentation -- packed with ideas and thoughts about the upcoming Hobbit movies. He talked about different approaches to movie versions of books like LotR, contrasting the views of some critics who don't think that any films or fanfic or other adaptations should be composed of LotR and critics who acknowledge that films are going to be made and that they're necessarily different from the books. N.E.B. mentioned DelToro's posts on TORn which have said that he's going to end the first movie in the middle of the book, told us exactly where the middle of the book is, and questioned where others think it might be. He also mentioned a few TORN regulars and their theories on the upcoming movie. He highlighted some of the problems of a film adaptation of The Hobbit, such as how to film Bilbo's invisibility or the talking animals. These are the points I remember right now without my notes. I don't know whether he found it a bit disconcerting to be mentioning Tom Shippey's articles with Tom Shippey sitting right there in the front row before him, but that's what happened.

The Friday night session, "Tolkien Unbound," is the one that is meant for fun and entertainment. We started off with Eileen Marie Moore singing and playing "The Road Goes Ever On" song cycle by Donald Swann, which was great to hear live, as one piece. Then we had selected readings from Sigurd and Gudrun, followed by the just-for-fun "Lord of the Ringos," led by Mike Foster -- these were LotR-themed songs based on Beatles tunes, and N.E.Brigand once again demonstrated that he has a good voice by performing as one of the singers in the band.


Magpie
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May 18 2010, 6:31pm

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these were LotR-themed songs based on Beatles tunes, and N.E.Brigand once again demonstrated that he has a good voice by performing as one of the singers in the band.



That's really got my interest piqued - on both counts. I wish I could have been there. Kalamazoo was my home for many years.


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May 19 2010, 12:25am

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are "famous" for adapting Beatles songs to Tolkien. I think Mike did most of the writing, and Ted plays along. I've seen them a few times and they are great.

I really want to get to Kalamazoo one year. Each year I'm prevented by real life. K'zoo is only about 2.5 hours away, so it's an easy trip.

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Lothlorian
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May 21 2010, 9:02pm

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I'm in Cadillac! Maybe we should try a Michigan Moot!

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SirDennisC
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May 22 2010, 3:18am

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I get down to Windsor (Ontario) on a fairly regular basis. Hmmm...


Lothlorian
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May 22 2010, 1:52pm

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maybe we should canvass about to see how many Northern-type we can rustle up!

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May 28 2010, 2:12am

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and I'm in Chicago, but I can easily get to a Michigan moot.. Gramma isn't too far from you.

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Lothlorian
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May 28 2010, 12:56pm

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I love TC - my son drives up there to the Comm College. It's an oasis of civilization in our slyvan midst!

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Lothlorian
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May 28 2010, 1:51pm

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will have to learn to post more slowly!

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Magpie
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May 28 2010, 1:56pm

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Since it obviously means Twin Cities!

I presume your TC is Traverse City which is a lovely town. We sometimes stayed there overnight to catch the Frankfort car ferry across Lake Michigan. I can remember staying in a motel right across the street from the Lake.

I so dearly love the Great Lakes. It would about the only thing that would drive me back to Michigan.

My favorite spot in all of Michigan is the Sleeping Bear Dunes picnic area, though.


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Lothlorian
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May 28 2010, 2:23pm

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on Lake Michigan in Onekama/Portage Point tommorrow. I often wonder how they can be pried from their home it is so beautiful! I find myself sitting on their deck listening to the waves watching hummingbirds for hours! There are a lot of hardwoods left amongst all the pines and we are sometimes surprised by morels Memorial Day and even as late as July 4th! It does make other elements of Northern Michigan living more bearable (low employment being only one joy Michigan wrestles with these days).

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May 29 2010, 1:43am

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I figured the Michigan folk would get it. Here in Chicago, the "Sox" mean the White Sox, but in Boston it's the Red Sox. One time I worked with two people who were fans of each team, and the fan of the team with the better record got to refer to his team as the "Sox". The other fan had to use the full name.

Just an illustration of how perspective changes everything. Smile

Traverse City is lovely, as is Frankfort and the Sleeping Bear Dunes area.

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