Friday, April 7th

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Waterman Building 501 (Grace Coolidge Room)

Fireside Tolkien reading


Saturday, April 8th

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

Session 1: Tolkien and Literary History

 

On Tolkien and Malory

— Simon Tatom · Oregon State University

Tolkien and the 18th Century

— James Williamson · University of Vermont

Celtic responses to The Lord of the Rings and other Celtic-inspired fantasy

— Roslyn LaDrew · University of Pennsylvania


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

Session 2: Institutions of Memory in Middle-earth

 

Loremasters and historical agency

— Jolanta Komornicka · Boston University

Vast backcloths: Is there an insititutional past in Middle-earth

— Nicholas Birns · New School University, New York

‘In the memory of old wives’: Remembering and forgetting in the Third Age

— Mike Stanton · University of Vermont


Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch break


1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 3: The Sacred Past: Folklore, Mysticism, and Orthodoxy

 

Concealing “Religion,” revealing truth

— Kusumita Pedersen · St. Francis College

The mystical imagination of the Inklings

— Anthony Burdge · chair · North-East Tolkien Society

‘How now, spirit! Wither wander you?’ Diminution: The Shakespearean misconception and the Tolkienian ideal of Faërie

— Jessica Burke · co-chair · North-East Tolkien Society


3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 4: Memory and Meaning in Middle-earth

 

When memory becomes myth

— Jason Fisher · independent scholar

Finding meaning in the Barrow Downs

— Ashley Hall · University of Vermont

Typological history in Tolkien’s mythology

— Anna Smol · Mount Saint Vincent University


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

Coffee & pasteries


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

Session 5: Featured guest speaker

 

Deep wells of memory: Collective past in Middle-earth

— Verlyn Flieger · Univeristy of Maryland, College Park