Friday, April 1st

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Waterman Building 501 (Grace Coolidge Room)

Fireside Tolkien reading


Saturday, April 2nd

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Continental breakfast


8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 1: Faerie Bodies in Middle-earth

 

Faerie Bodies: The Hröa and Fëa of Middle-earth

— Matthew Dickerson · Middlebury College

Faerie bodies in Arda: Gnostic affinities in Tolkien’s mythos

— Joseph Becker · University of Maine, Fort Kent

‘I liked white better’: Race and the unmarked body in The Lord of the Rings

— Melissa Putnam Sprenkle · Whitworth College


10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 2: Fallen Wizards

 

Cinema, sexuality, and mechanical reproduction

— Val Rohy · University of Vermont

Revision, melodrama, and deep ecology: The case of Radagast

— Nicholas Birns · New School University, New York

[title forthcoming]

— Mike Stanton · University of Vermont


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 3: Food’s Function in Tolkien’s Legendarium

 

What’s cooking? Hunger, consumption and Christianity in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien

— Maeghan Mahoney · independent scholar

— Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew · University of Pennsylvania


12:30 – 2:00 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Sandwich buffet lunch


2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 4: Theorizing Tolkien’s Texts

 

The immortal curse: Tolkien’s affirmation of mortality in The Lord of the Rings

— Victoria Winn · independent scholar

Tolkien’s historical quest

— David Kosalka · University of Winsconsin-Madison

Literate orality in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

— William Alexander · University of Vermont


3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 5: Medieval Texts/Tolkienian Narratives

 

The novelist and the critic: Tolkien’s Beowulf and The Lord of the Rings

— Robin Woods · Ripon College

Making the connection on page and screen in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

— Yvette Kisor · Ramapo College


4:30 – 4:45 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Coffee, tea break


4:45 – 5:45 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 5: Featured guest speaker

 

Tolkien, Jackson, palantírs, and Providence

— Tom Shippey · Saint Louis University