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January 2023 Modules

Advanced Old English: Beowulf I Candidate

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern Time for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes on January 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30.
Spend the time reading and translating in a relaxed manner with friends! This beautiful, moving, narrative poem is a joy to work with and I hope you will join me for a month of study.
Precepted by Larry Swain.

Advanced Old Norse: Vǫlsunga Saga Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays @8:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Jan 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30.
The Advanced Old Norse reading modules return to Vǫlsunga saga (“The Saga of the Vǫlsungs), a medieval Icelandic retelling of one of the best-known legendary cycles of the pre-modern Germanic-speaking world – stories that influenced the operas of Richard Wagner, the fantasies of J. R. R. Tolkien, and many other modern creative artists. This module picks up where previous iterations of this module left the narrative: with the hero Sigurd preparing to confront the dragon Fáfnir. We will translate the text of the saga and discuss both its language and how its version of the legends relates to other versions known from the medieval world. Anyone with a reading knowledge of Old Norse can join this module!
Precepted by Carl Anderson.

A Journey Through The History of Middle-earth: The Book of Lost Tales, Part One First in the Series Candidate

Section 1: Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 PM (Eastern) for eight 1-hour classes on January 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
Christopher Tolkien’s twelve volumes on the History of Middle-earth give unparalleled insight into the development of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. They contain early drafts of familiar texts, different conceptualizations of well-known stories, and in some cases completely new material.

This module is part of a series of modules covering all twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth. This particular module will provide an overview of Volume One, The Book of Lost Tales Part One, as well as readings from and discussion of highlights in that volume. It will include a guest appearance from Tolkien scholar John Garth.

Whether you’ve read the History of Middle-earth before or not, the hope is that these modules will make the volumes more accessible and will enhance your appreciation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. There is no requirement that you do every single module in the series as each will be largely standalone, although in later modules, references will be made to earlier volumes.
Precepted by James Tauber.

A Journey Through The History of Middle-earth: The Book of Lost Tales, Part One First in the Series Candidate

Section 2: Meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time) for eight 1-hour classes on January 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, and 30.
Christopher Tolkien’s twelve volumes on the History of Middle-earth give unparalleled insight into the development of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. They contain early drafts of familiar texts, different conceptualizations of well-known stories, and in some cases completely new material.

This module is part of a series of modules covering all twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth. This particular module will provide an overview of Volume One, The Book of Lost Tales Part One, as well as readings from and discussion of highlights in that volume. It will include a guest appearance from Tolkien scholar John Garth.

Whether you’ve read the History of Middle-earth before or not, the hope is that these modules will make the volumes more accessible and will enhance your appreciation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. There is no requirement that you do every single module in the series as each will be largely standalone, although in later modules, references will be made to earlier volumes.
Precepted by James Tauber.

A Journey Through The History of Middle-earth: The Book of Lost Tales, Part One First in the Series Candidate

Section 3: Meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) for eight 1-hour classes on January 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, and 30.
Christopher Tolkien’s twelve volumes on the History of Middle-earth give unparalleled insight into the development of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. They contain early drafts of familiar texts, different conceptualizations of well-known stories, and in some cases completely new material.

This module is part of a series of modules covering all twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth. This particular module will provide an overview of Volume One, The Book of Lost Tales Part One, as well as readings from and discussion of highlights in that volume. It will include a guest appearance from Tolkien scholar John Garth.

Whether you’ve read the History of Middle-earth before or not, the hope is that these modules will make the volumes more accessible and will enhance your appreciation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. There is no requirement that you do every single module in the series as each will be largely standalone, although in later modules, references will be made to earlier volumes.
Precepted by James Tauber.

Are You Tolkien To Me? Candidate

Meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on January 2, 5, 9, 12, 19, 23, 26, 30 (skips the 16th)
Why are the works of J.R.R. Tolkien still so relevant to us in the 21st century? In this course, we will look at some of the central themes of his novels, including Family, Home, Good vs. Evil, and Loss, exploring how Tolkien is still speaking to us almost fifty years after his death.

There are no required texts for this course, however, you may find having a copy of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings very useful (any edition).
Precepted by Sara Brown.

Beginning Greek 4 Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays @9:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Jan 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26.
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 Larry Swain.

Beginning Japanese 7 Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on Jan 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30.
Continuing from where we ended in Japanese 6, we will advance our knowledge of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, and kanji as we work our way through the Genki textbook.
Precepted by Robert Steed.
Backup preceptor: Pilar Barrera.

Beginning Scottish Gaelic 1 First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays @6:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Jan 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
The Beginning Scottish Gaelic series consists of three intoructory modules, introducing language and grammar in line with European fluency standard A1. Covering basic conversation, vocabulary building, introducing case structure, irregular verbs, and prepositional pronouns, this module will be using the A1 Inntrigeadh resources from SpeakGaelic.scot.

Module 1 Class Delivery
Class 1 and 2 will cover Topic 1: New Friends
Class 3 and 4 will cover Topic 2: Places
Class 5 and 6 will cover Topic 3: Weather
Class 7 and 8 will cover Topic 4: Family

Module 2 Class Delivery
Class 1 and 2 will cover Topic 5: Home
Class 3 and 4 will cover Topic 6: Time
Class 5 and 6 will cover Topic 7: Work
Class 7 and 8 will cover Topic 8: Time Off

Module 3 Class Delivery
Class 1 and 2 will cover Topic 9: Food & Drink
Class 3 and 4 will cover Topic 10: Shopping
Class 5 and 6 will cover Topic 11: Day-to-day
Class 7 and 8 will cover Topic 12: Describing People

After the 3-module opening series, students wishing to continue learning Scottish Gaelic can proceed to Gaelic Foundations 1.

Conversational German 1 First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes scheduled for Jan 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
This 8-session introduction to German is intended to give the students a basic acquaintanceship with the German language and enough information for further study. This first module covers the alphabet, basic verb conjugation, important verbs like Haben and Sein, pronouns, grammatical gender, nominative vs. accusative cases, forming questions, and giving dates and times. Some specific vocabulary content is given in the session breakdown, but the individual entries are not meant to be either restrictive or exhaustive.

Session Breakdown:
- Session 1: The alphabet and sounds; the present tense of regular verbs; colors and numbers
- Session 2: Haben und Sein; nominative pronouns; noun gender; Was studieren Sie (what do you study?) and Wo wohnen Sie (where do you live?);
- Session 3: Fragewörter (question words) and forming questions; yes/no questions; “Interview” game
- Session 4: coordinating conjunctions; describing your field of study; the verb mögen (to like)
- Session 5: Die Wochentage (days of the week); Die Uhrzeiten (time); Der Wochenplan (weekly schedule)
- Session 6: Planning a meeting with a friend (combination of Der Wochenplan and the “Questions” from Session 3); negation (Nicht and Kein)
- Session 7: The accusative case; description of rooms (Ich habe/Es gibt); accusative pronouns
- Session 8: Accusative prepositions; general review
Precepted by Isaac Schendel.

Creative Writing: Poetic Meter Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions on January 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
This course is a creative writing intensive on the use of metrical patterns in English-language poetry. We'll study the most common meters that have traditionally been employed in English verse, learn to identify and scan them, then try using them in our own poetry. We'll play with patterns of sound and stress, listen to how meter work in words set to song, and maybe even dance a little, either metaphorically or literally, as we sway to the rhythms of words. Join me to learn how to set your words rockin'!
Precepted by Sørina Higgins.

Creative Writing: Stories in the Darkness Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays @8:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Jan 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30.
Join the amazing Jennie Starstuff: NASA Solar System Ambassador with Sparrow F. Alden to talk about the coolest, trippiest space physics to inspire our fiction! We’ll learn stuff on one day to use as writing prompts for peer-review on the second day. The plan is to explore star lore and archaeoastronomy; gravity and relativity (things get really weird); stars and cosmic life cycles; and life in the cosmos (alien contact? Heck, yes!). What about the amazing spaces between? We will have wonderful sonifications (sound pictures) of some of the most wonder-filled, hard to believe astro science out there—just imagine the stories we’ll create!
Precepted by Jennie Starstuff and Sparrow Alden.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs 1 First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for January 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
The Hieroglyphics series will present students with a basic understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs, grammar, and knowledge about how to proceed with further study. In this sequence of courses we will discuss how to translate steles that you are likely to encounter in museums, as well as their cultural significance. As student progress, the class will tackle more complex translation. Each one-month module builds on the previous one, so students ready to learn Hieroglyphics will communicate with our Director and Professor Gaffney to make the right placement for everyone.
Precepted by Shawn Gaffney.

Eucatastrophe and Tragedy in Tolkien Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on Jan 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
We will explore Tolkien’s understanding of these two essential aspects of human literary experience, from the horns of the Rohirrim to the Children of Húrin.
Precepted by Tom Hillman.

Exploring Mushi Shi Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thrusdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on Jan 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
We will watch and discuss Mushi Shi, paying special attention to aspects of Japanese religion and culture which are woven into the fabric of the story. The class will be discussion-oriented, framed by preceptor commentary. This is a beautifully designed series that rewards slow and relaxed contemplation.
Precepted by Robert Steed.

Fairy Tales: From Apples to Bears Candidate

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 PM Eastern on January 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30.
In this module, we will answer questions such as: what is a fairy tale? Why do we tell stories? What is the function of fairy tales? What are some recurring themes? Stories to be discussed include Snow White (with and without dwarfs), Little Red Riding-hood, the Little Match Girl, Thumbelina, and East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
Precepted by Pilar Barrera.

Gaelic History 2 Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Wednesdays & Thursdays @7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on Jan 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26.
This series would likely comprise several modules as there's lots of time to cover.

Module 1 will begin with a look into what does "Celtic" mean and the language branches, Hallstatt and La Tene period artifacts, and what that tells us about the culture. Then we explore what Rome can tell us about Celtic culture through their lens up to Caesar's campaign in Gaul, Hadrian's Wall, Boudicca and the Iceni and hopefully we can cover the formation of Scotland.

Module 2 will essentially cover the period of the Middle Ages. We will explore what daily life looked like and talk about material culture and clan structures. We will also explore religion and the introduction of Christianity with the monastic cultures and manuscripts.

H.P. Lovecraft: Maker of Modern Horror Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays @5:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for Jan 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30.
H.P. Lovecraft revolutionized horror, modernized the Gothic, and created a 20th-century mythology explored by authors from Jorge Luis Borges to Stephen King. This module provides an overview of Lovecraft's fiction, from his early "Dunsanian" fantasies to his later science fiction masterpieces. Along the way, it touches on Lovecraft's life and times, his letters and criticism, and other aspects of his thought, but keeps the stories themselves central. We explore Lovecraft's uses of settings such as "witch-haunted Arkham," techniques including the near-hoax and "adventurous expectancy," and his great theme of "cosmic indifference."
Precepted by Kenneth Hite.

Introduction to Ancient Magic 3 Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour classes on Jan 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
Last in the sequence of Ancient Magic is the use of magic in the early Christian world, its relationship with contemporary magic, and related texts. We will explore the origins of this magic, how it was used, and how it evolved over time. We will look at both religious and non-religious magic through a number of examples, both verbal spells and magical items, such as Aramaic incantation bowls.
Precepted by Shawn Gaffney.

Japanese for Beginners 1 First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays @5:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes scheduled for January 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31.
In this series of modules, you will get familiarized with basic Japanese vocabulary and structures. Using a communicative approach, you’ll learn basic expressions, start to learn the hiragana script, and recognize katakana and kanji in a fun and interactive way. We will also explore Japanese culture in general. いっしょに日本語を学びましょう!
Precepted by Pilar Barrera.

Klingon 1 First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour classes on Jan 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
ghojlu’meH QaQ jajvam! (“Today is a good day to learn!”) Klingons: the bumpy-headed warrior race from Star Trek that is obsessed with honor and glory. You’ve heard about people who learn to speak Klingon, and now you can join their ranks. This course will teach students how to read and speak the Warrior’s Tongue. Start with basic grammar and work up to complex sentences. Learn Klingon’s complex inventory of prefixes and suffixes. By the end of this course, you will be able to read and converse in basic Klingon. Qapla’! (“Success!”).

After Klingon 1, those students wishing to continue their Klingon experience can take Klingon 2, the final module in the Klingon series.
Precepted by David Trimboli.

Latin in a Year 1 First in the Series Candidate

Month 1 of the Series: Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes scheduled for January 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
In this month-long introduction to the formal study of Latin, students will learn the basic principles of Latin translation, learn to conjugate Latin verbs in the present tense and decline Latin nouns in the 1st and 2nd declensions, and practice translating sentences and short Latin passages. The first step in Signum SPACE's Latin in a Year sequence, this module covers chapters 1-4 of Wheelock's Latin.
Precepted by Faith Acker.

Latin in a Year 10 Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Wedesdays at 10:00 AM for eight 1-hour sessions (Eastern Time), with classes running January 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30.
In the tenth month of Latin in a Year, students will continue to learn applications for the subjunctive mood, practice spotting and translating deponent verbs, and study the paradigms for some of the most common irregular Latin verbs. Students will continue to translate short sentences and longer passages throughout the month. This module will cover chapters 34-37 in Wheelock’s Latin.

This module covers chapters 34-37 of Wheelock’s Latin::
- 34: Deponent Verbs; Ablative with Special Deponents
- 35: Dative with Adjectives; Dative with Special Verbs; Dative with Compounds
- 36: Jussive Noun Clauses; Fio
- 37: Conjugation of Eo; Constructions of Place and Time
Precepted by Faith Acker.

Malory’s Morte Darthur: Book I First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Wednesdays & Fridays at 2:00 PM for eight 1-hour sessions on Jan 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
This course offers the first in a series on Sir Thomas Malory’s masterpiece of Arthurian literature, Le Morte Darthur—one course for each of the work’s eight books or tales. This fifteenth-century retelling is for many the consummate version of the Arthur legend, combining notable elements of prior versions in a form that would influence later retellings for centuries. The first book of Mallory’s complete work, “The Tale of King Arthur,” includes such crucial Arthurian elements as the Sword in the Stone, the bestowal of Excalibur by the Lady of the Lake, and the founding of the Round Table. Interspersed among these are Arthur’s first encounter with the Questing Beast, an attempted usurpation by Morgan Le Fay, the tragic tale of the two brothers, Sir Balin and Sir Balan, and numerous other episodes and adventures. Context will also be provided on Malory’s life and times, the first printing of his writings by William Caxton in 1485, and the remarkable twentieth-century discovery of the now-standard but then-unknown version of Le Morte Darthur in the form of the Winchester Manuscript.
Precepted by Liam Daley.

Old English 1 First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 7:00 PM Eastern Time for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes on Jan 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
Ready to begin learning Old English? This series of modules introduces students to the vocabulary and structure of the earliest recorded form of the English language. One year of modules prepares the student to read texts from over a thousand years ago! Each one-month module builds on the previous one, so students ready to learn Old English will communicate with our Director and Professor Swain to make the right placement for everyone.
Precepted by Larry Swain.

Old Norse 1 First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 4:00 PM Eastern Time for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes on Jan 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30.
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 Carl Anderson.

Old Norse Sagas in Translation: Sagas of Heroic Legend Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern Time for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes scheduled for Jan 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30.
Somewhere between the historical and the fantastic are the traditions of heroic legend, telling of extraordinary men and women whose triumphs and tragedies are writ larger than those of everyday life. In medieval Scandinavia, sagas of heroic legend such as The Saga of the Volsungs, The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok, The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki, and The Saga of Hervor and King Heidrek retold already ancient stories in the new prose styles of the Middle Ages. Bravery and knavery; loyalty and treachery; magic and the mundane, horror and hope; these tales’ themes have enthralled audiences for more than a thousand years and played an outsized role in the birth of modern fantasy literature.
Precepted by Carl Anderson.

Video Game Studies Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern Time for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes on Jan 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
Inviting students to share their delight in, and deepen their appreciation of, video games, we will discuss examples of the art, music, gameplay, and story from a range of influential titles. We will introduce and experiment with some of the theoretical frameworks that have been applied to video games as media objects and cultural artifacts. But mostly, we will enjoy learning more about the medium and the games we already love. Aside from links and selections shared throughout the module, Gabrielle Zevin's novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow will be the only required reading.
Precepted by Wesley Schantz.
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