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December 2021 Modules

Advanced Old English Readings in Poetry: Judith and Exodus

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on Nov 29, December 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30
The Early English adapted Biblical material into heroic poetry. In this module two of those poems will be translated and discussed, each only a few hundred lines.
Precepted by Dr. Larry Swain

Creative Writing: Workshop

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 8:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on December 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30
We will meet to blend learning, discussion, and playing games with reading, appreciating, and commenting on one another’s work as it is submitted for peer review. Writers are encouraged—but never required—to submit new pieces in any state of draftiness or readiness up to 2,000 words each week for peer reading and feedback. Our Collaborative Feedback method, developed here at Signum University, asks us to comment at the author's comfort level through a structured reader (not editor) response. We gather to encourage the story that the author wants to tell. Our philosophy of kindness first might just turn around your previous experience of writing groups.

A seat has been reserved in this module for any writer (especially a beginner) of marginalized identity to support them finding their voice. Please simply write to [email protected] to identify yourself if you wish to join the class.

Note: For more information about the Collaborative Feedback Method in SPACE, please check out our video here.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 12:00 NOON Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 30, and December 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23
Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club setting and discuss the joy of Tolkien’s beloved Christmas tale.

To Repair Arda: Tolkien's Dwarves through Jewish Mysticism

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 29, and December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
J.R.R. Tolkien explicitly and publicly associated his subcreated race of the Dwarves with the Jewish people. This raises all sorts of interesting questions and problems, not least of which is why does he do this, and what within Jewish culture is he referring to? Usually scholars point to Dwarven language and Dwarven history for this association, but in this class we will explore the possibility that at the deepest level Tolkien is also drawing upon aspects of Jewish mysticism to support his claim.
Precepted by Dr. Robert Steed

Translation Techniques for Beginning Latin Students

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 10:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27
This month-long introduction to reading Latin overviews core grammatical concepts, trains students to use dictionaries and grammatical aids, and highlights some Latin derivatives in English vocabulary. For the inaugural December instance of the course, we will read extracts from the Gospel of John in the Latin Vulgate and explore some Latin hymns and carols. .
Precepted by Dr. Faith Acker
If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].