Friday, April 8th

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill

Open-mike fireside Tolkien reading & performance

 

Come read, recite, or sing your favorite verse or prose passages!
— organized and hosted by the Tolkien Club of UVM


Saturday, April 9th

 

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

Session 1: Science and Tolkien studies

 

“And the stars were hidden”: Middle-earth as a canary in the light pollution mine

— Dr. Kristine Larsen · professor · Central Connecticut State University

“Sheep get like shepherds, and shepherds get like sheep, it is said”: Environment, rhizomes, and the map in The Lord of the Rings

Andrew Hallam · affiliate faculty · Metropolitan State University of Denver


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

Session 2: The sthetic and the divine

 

Tolkien’s painterly style: Descriptions of nature in The Lord of the Rings

— Dr. Anna Smol · professor · Mount Saint Vincent University
— Dr. Jeff Macleod · associate professor and chair, co-ordinator, public policy studies · Mount Saint Vincent University

Divine intervention and its influences on nature and the shaping of Middle-earth

— Gerry Blair · independent scholar


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch break


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Keynote

 

Waterboards and dark satanic mills: Social and environmental justice in the wars of Middle-earth

Dr. Matt Dickerson · professor · Middlebury College


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

Session 3: Making and remaking

 

Craftwomen and imitation men

— Martha Monsson · independent scholar

The resurrection of Glorfindel, the Stella Maris, and the cross-roads

— Evan Bassler · Baylor University ’11


3:30 – 3:45 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Coffee, tea, & brownies


3:45 – 5:00 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 4: Conservation and agrarianism

 

The new agrarianism and the economics of the Shire

Jonathan Evans · associate professor · University of Georgia

Ithilien’s environmental history: Garden, battlefield, nature reserve

Theresa Marie Russ · graduate fellow · University of California, Santa Barbara


Sunday, April 10th

Springle-ring