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December 2022 Modules

Beginning Greek 3
Continuing Series

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays @9:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Dec 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, and 27.
Want to read the NT in the original Greek? The Greek translation of the Old Testament? This module’s for you! We continue our study introducing learners to the basics of ancient Greek: the alphabet, introduction to the verb system (tenses and moods) and the noun system (the very helpful article, first and second declension). Over several modules, the students will learn the foundations of the language and then students will be able to read texts.
Precepted by Dr. Larry Swain

Beginning Japanese 6
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays @9:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for December 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.
Continuing from where we ended in Japanese 5, we will advance our knowledge of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, and kanji as we work our way through the Genki textbook.
Precepted by Dr. Robert Steed

Creative Writing: Weekend Intensive

Meeting Friday (Dec 30), Saturday (Dec 31) and Sunday (Jan 1) to Write in the New Year with each day meeting on a unique schedule as detailed in the module description. (The Sunday morning start time is negotiable).
Write in the New Year!

On December 30th and 31st and January 1st, we're going to celebrate creativity by attempting a complete short story! Our format will include nine SPACE class sessions, WriterSpace focus time in excellent company, Bandersnatch Breakout room for talking about our craft, peer feedback through google doc commenting and breakout room conversations, and an enthusiastic ringing in of the new year. So sharpen your quills, line up the inkpots, make a BIG casserole to last the weekend.

Here's the plan:
Friday the 30th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern
6p - class session
7p - WriterSpace
8p - class session
Saturday the 31st from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern
9a - class session
10a - WriterSpace, Bandersnatch, & peer review
11a - WriterSpace, Bandersnatch, & peer review
12noon - class session
Saturday the 31st from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern:
Nap time.
Saturday the 31st from 3:00 PM to 9:05 PM Eastern:
3p - class session
4p - WriterSpace, Bandersnatch, & peer review
5p - WriterSpace, Bandersnatch, & peer review
6p - class session
7p - WriterSpace, Bandersnatch, & peer review
8p - class session
9p - ringing in the new year in Grytviken, King Edward Point, Sandwich Island (time zone UTC-2)
Sunday, the 1st from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
1p - class session
2p - WriterSpace, Bandersnatch, & peer review
3p - class session & wrap up at 4p.

Our goal is to create a completed short work in one weekend! Prompts, planning, focus methods, peer encouragement, machete editing, character crucibles — we’ll do it all. Writers will write between sessions as well as during.

You are going to end this amazing experience with a complete first draft of your story. What a way to begin 2023!

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

Creative Writing: Workshop

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays @8:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for December 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 26, 29.
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.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Comics

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays @8:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Nov 30 & Dec 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, and 26.
You've seen the show, now let's read the comics!

In this SPACE module we'll read through the comics surrounding the originalAvatar: The Last Airbender characters and discuss them in a book club format.
Precepted by Keli Fancher

Introduction to Ancient Magic 2
Continuing Series

Meeting Tuesdays & Wednesdays @8:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes schedueld for Nov 30 and Dec 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, and 27.
This class continues into module two where we look specifically the Greco-Roman world, magic in myth and literature, and specific spells and objects in use throughout the classical world, including their relations to Mesopotamia and Egypt. This includes the Greek magical texts. What types of magic did they use? Who practiced them and why?
Precepted by Shawn Gaffney

Japanese Fairy Tales and Children's Literature

Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays @5:00 - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time), in four 1-hour sessions with classes scheduled for Nov 29, Dec 9, 13, 20 and two 2-hour sessions with classes from 5:00 - 7:00 PM (Eastern Time) on Dec 2 and 6.
In this module we will talk about Japanese children’s literature and fairy tales and their connection to specific Japanese cultural aspects and values such as the acceptance of death and the imperfection of the world.
Precepted by Pilar Barrera

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays @6:30 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Dec 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29.
Love, power, betrayal, death; the occasional dragon and cursed ring. All these are to be found in the legends of the Vǫlsungs and Niflungs, amongst the most popular and abiding legends of the medieval Germanic-speaking and Norse worlds. J.R.R. Tolkien reworked these into two poems in Modern English patterned after the alliterative style of Old Norse poems. In this module, we read Tolkien’s poems and their accompanying commentary to see how Tolkien wrought his own retelling of these ancient tales, and we’ll trace the connections across from the original medieval legends through Tolkien’s retelling to his original works of fantasy set in Middle-earth.
Precepted by Dr. Carl Anderson

Knewbetta’s Guide to The Silmarillion

Meeting Mondays and Tuesdays @6:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27.
Is The Silmarillion your favorite book? Is it your least-favorite book? Whether you’re reading it for the first or fiftieth time, KnewBettaDoBetta will help you see it in a more fun, relatable way!

Tolkien’s The Silmarillion is inarguably a complex read. KnewBetta seeks to make it more accessible by teaching the lore in an understandable way. His hope is that everyone can share his knowledge and passion! This course will look at characters, relationships, relatable themes, and meanings that you may not have explored yet.
Precepted by Knewbetta

Latin Readings for Advanced Beginners 3
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays @10:00 AM for eight consecutive 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Nov 28 and 30, then Dec 5, 7, 12, 19, 21, 28
This module offers a series of Latin readings that review material covered in many traditional Latin courses (a little more than Latin I but not the full span of Latin II). Students will read selections from selected Latin readers and attempt two or three short literary passages, as time allows. All readings will be provided, though access to a Latin grammar book and a basic Latin dictionary may be beneficial.

For the December 2022 iteration, we will revisit some of the carols and passages introduced in the inaugural Translation Techniques for Beginning Latin Students course in December 2021, allowing students who have pursued the full Latin in a Year series to see just how far they have come in their 12 months of study.

Latin grammar assumed:
- Understanding of stems, endings, cases, agreement, and parts of speech
- Knowledge of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and 5th declension endings for nouns and adjectives
- Familiarity with comparative and superlative forms of regular adjectives
- Knowledge of regular Latin verb conjugations in the subjunctive, indicative, imperative, and infinitive moods, in all relevant tenses, both active and passive
- Ability to recognize conjugations of of “sum” and “possum”
- Familiarity with ego, tu, is, hic, ille, iste, idem, qui, and reflexives
- Awareness of Latin numerals
Precepted by Dr. Faith Acker

Medieval Drama: Staging the English Bible

Meeting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays @5:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for December 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, and 21.
Late medieval English drama brought episodes from The Bible to life in days-long festivals of pomp and pageantry—but what these plays really show us is the day-to-day lives of ordinary men and women of the fifteenth century. With a mixture of lavish spectacle, slapstick comedy, and intimate poignancy, these plays populate the biblical world with familiar figures of the medieval city-life: shrewd workmen and cunning criminals; disgruntled wives and worried husbands; the friends, family, and neighbors of plays’ writers and performers.

This course looks at a sampling of plays from the great civic drama cycles of York, Chester, Coventry, and elsewhere, including Noah’s Flood, The Second Shepherd’s Play, Herod’s Slaughter of the Innocents, The Crucifixion, The Harrowing of Hell, and The Last Judgement. The works presented here offer both a grand history of the world from Creation to Doomsday, and locally-rooted, vernacular versions of a text then otherwise available only in Latin. Knowledge of Middle English is not required since this course will use the modern-spelling edition by Prof. A. C. Cawley. Scholarly online Middle English versions, however, will also be made available for students wishing to practice their skills in that area.
Precepted by Dr. Liam Daley

Old Norse 5
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays @8:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Dec 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29.
This series of modules introduces you to the vocabulary and grammar of Old Norse, preparing you to read medieval sagas, eddic poetry, and even Viking-Age runic inscriptions. Each one-month module builds on the previous one, so students ready to learn Old Norse will communicate with our Director and Professor Anderson to choose the right placement for everyone.
Precepted by Dr. Carl Anderson

The History, People, and Culture of Tolkien's Númenor

Meeting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays @10:00 AM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for December 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, and 21.
With the publication of The Fall of Númenor (November 2022) we finally have much of Tolkien’s writing on this period in the history Middle-earth drawn together in one place. This offers a unique opportunity, at a moment when the island of Númenor has come to greater public awareness via Amazon’s show ‘The Rings of Power’, to fully examine this aspect of Tolkien’s secondary world. In this course, we will explore the history of Númenor, with particular focus on important events, significant people, the geography of the island, and the evolving culture of the Númenóreans.

Special Note: We are excited to announce that Brian Sibley, noted for his BBC Radio adaptations of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as for his many books on Tolkien, will be joining us in one of the sessions (Date tbc). He is going to talk to us about his work on the new book The Fall of Númenor, and will be available to answer any questions you might have.
Precepted by Dr. Sara Brown

The Old Saxon for Old English Readers

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays 7:00 PM (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Nov 30, then Dec 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, and 26.
Old Saxon, the continental cousin to Old English, was the language spoken in Northern Germany from the ninth to the twelfth century. It is closely related to and mutually intelligible with Anglo-Saxon, so Old English students will easily be able to read and understand it. The language boasts a number of smaller texts, but the Hêliand, an epic poem of nearly 6,000 lines, remains its most prestigious literary monument. It tells the story of Jesus Christ (the “Hêliand,” meaning “Savior”) reimagined as a Saxon lord with a retinue of twelve thanes, and it is comparable to the Old English Beowulf. In this module, we will read and discuss selections of this poem. Some familiarity with Old English is required.
Precepted by Dr. Isaac Schendel

The Witch-cult Hypothesis and Its Afterlives

Meeting Tuesdays and Fridays @5:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for December 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27.
Imagine a witch. Perhaps, she is a solitary crone, living in a cottage on the outskirts of the village, in equal measures reviled and grudgingly respected by the villagers for her knowledge of midwifery and healing herbs. Perhaps, she is a self-possessed attractive young woman, persecuted by an oppressive authority for her feminist outlook. Perhaps, she is sexually liberated, she conducts strange rituals tied to the land’s fertility, she speaks of the Old Faith as a secret knowledge passed on in secret alongside the official religion. This image of the witch owes much to Margaret Murray’s Witch-cult Hypothesis, an idea that people accused of witchcraft in the medieval and early modern period in the Western world, were the inheritors of a prehistoric fertility cult, which survived as a covert practice alongside Christianity for millennia. Despite being rejected as academically spurious, Murray’s work continues to be incredibly influential for practitioners of modern witchcraft and in popular culture.

In this course, we will take a close look at Murray’s claims, and place them in a historical and cultural context. We will venture outside the academic setting to read witchcraft handbooks and genre fiction, where the witch-cult hypothesis continues its fascinating afterlives.
Precepted by Dr. Anna Milon
If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].