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March 2023 Modules

Advanced Old English: Genesis A 2

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27
This is a continuation from where we left off in Genesis A 2... The long poem that scholars have named Genesis A is a retelling and adaptation of the first 22 chapters of Genesis into a Germanic heroic poem! Among the many points of interest is that this poem contains the FIRST time in intellectual history that the NARRATIVE of the Fall of the Angels is told and made a part of the Creation Story. The poem is almost as long as Beowulf, so this module began at the beginning of the poem and now we shall continue where we left off!
Precepted by Larry Swain

A Journey Through The History of Middle-earth: The Lays of Beleriand (HoMe 3)
(Section 1)
Continuing Series  Hybrid

Meeting for four 1-hour Webinars with James Tauber/ John Garth. Meeting on the following days: Feb 27 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 6 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 13 at 10:00 Eastern; March 20 at 3:00pm Eastern
Section 1: Meeting with Tom Hillman on Thursdays at 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) on March 2, 9, 16, 23.
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 Three, The Lays of Beleriand, 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 Tom Hillman (Section 1) and James Tauber (Lecturer)

A Journey Through The History of Middle-earth: The Lays of Beleriand (HoMe 3)
(Section 2)
Continuing Series  Hybrid

Meeting for four 1-hour Webinars with James Tauber/ John Garth. Meeting on the following days: Feb 27 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 6 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 13 at 10:00 Eastern; March 20 at 3:00pm Eastern
Section 2: Meeting for four 1-hour discussion classes with Sara Brown on Thursdays at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time) on March 2, 9, 16, 23.
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 Three, The Lays of Beleriand, 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 Sara Brown (Section 2) and James Tauber (Lecturer)

A Journey Through The History of Middle-earth: The Lays of Beleriand (HoMe 3)
(Section 3)
Continuing Series  Hybrid

Meeting for four 1-hour Webinars with James Tauber/ John Garth. Meeting on the following days: Feb 27 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 6 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 13 at 10:00 Eastern; March 20 at 3:00pm Eastern
Section 3: Meeting four 1-hour discussion classes with Tom Hillman on Thursdays at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) on March 2, 9, 16, 23.
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 Three, The Lays of Beleriand, 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 Tom Hillman (Section 3) and James Tauber (Lecturer)

A Journey Through The History of Middle-earth: The Lays of Beleriand (HoMe 3)
(Section 4)
Continuing Series  Hybrid

Meeting for four 1-hour Webinars with James Tauber/ John Garth. Meeting on the following days: Feb 27 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 6 at 10:00pm Eastern; March 13 at 10:00 Eastern; March 20 at 3:00pm Eastern
Section 4: Meeting for four 1-hour discussion classes with Tom Hillman on Thursdays at 8:00 PM (Eastern Time) on March 2, 9, 16, 23.
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 Three, The Lays of Beleriand, 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 Tom Hillman (Section 4) and James Tauber (Lecturer)

Beginning Greek 6
Continuing Series

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
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

Creative Writing: Tools of the Song Writer
Spotlight 

Meeting Saturdays at 11:00 AM Eastern for four 2-hour sessions with classes on March 4, 11, 18, 25
What are the songs that stick in your memory? Are they catchy earworms that have you humming their melodies all day? Are they complicated jazz numbers, where lyrics give place to musical elaboration? Are they ballads, where the story is the thing?

The answer varies from listener to listener, but the great songs of whatever sort have some things in common. We're going to look for these things together, considering the conventions of different genres, poetic styles and their interaction with musical choices, a bit of music theory (that won't hurt a bit, I promise) and arrangement.

Each class session, we will listen to and talk about two or three songs. we'll discuss the choices the song writer(s) made, and how they affect your experience as a listener. We'll also look at how a single song might be interpreted differently by different artists, because performance is an inseparable element of how a song lands.

Students need have no grounding in music theory, or be musicians. All that is required is a love of music, and the desire to learn a little about the song writer's craft, whether that's in aid of becoming a more discerning listener, or because there's a song buried in your soul that you've not yet written.

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

Creative Writing: Workshop

Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for either 1-hour sessions on March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
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.

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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.

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

C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27.
Join Ms. Elise for a cozy and relaxed Book Club as we read and discuss the magic of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Precepted by Elise Trudel Cedeño

Exploring The Three Body Problem
Spotlight 

Meeting at 9:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays meeting March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28.
First ever Asian winner of the Hugo award for best novel, as well as winning the Chinese Yinhe (“Galaxy”) award for best novel, and nominated for the Nebula award for best novel, and serving as the source material for an upcoming Netflix series by the same name, The Three-Body Problem is an exploration of both humanistic and technological themes in the context of Chinese history and contemporary society, all set in a narrative of alien invasion. There are few novels better for beginning to explore Chinese science fiction, so please join us as we take a deep dive into this fascinating masterpiece!

Content advisory: Graphic depictions of historical violence.
Precepted by Jennie Starstuff and Robert Steed

Introduction to Linguistics

Meeting Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes on March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24.
This course is a basic introduction to the scientific study of the mechanics of language, with a bit of an extra focus on considerations relevant to studying literature.
Precepted by Aidan Aannestad

Japanese for Beginners 3
Continuing Series

Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays @5:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes on March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
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

Latin in a Year 12
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 10:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27.
Having worked through a complete introductory Latin textbook, students taking Latin in a Year will now be able to translate many easier Latin passages with speed and accuracy, and will be able to work through more advanced texts with the aid of a good grammar book and dictionary.

In this culminating month, students will translate textbook passages specifically designed and annotated for student practice and also attempt some simplified Classical and Ecclesiastical texts that draw upon their current knowledge base. A celebration of student accomplishments, this conclusion to the Latin in a Year series will let students review recent grammar and vocabulary and sample a variety of texts that they may enjoy working through in the future.
Precepted by Faith Acker

Latin in a Year 3
Continuing Series

Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on February 28, March 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24
Having experienced first- and second-conjugation verbs in the previous two months, students will spend much of this month learning the forms for third- and fourth-conjugation verbs, interspersed with demonstrative and personal pronouns and some irregular adjectives. The third segment of Signum SPACE's Latin in a Year sequence, this module covers chapters 8-11 of Wheelock's Latin.
Precepted by Faith Acker

Middle High German 1: An Epic Introduction
First in the Series

Meeting Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on March 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
Middle High German (MHG) is the umbrella term for the German dialects used in the Holy Roman Empire from about 1050 to 1350. Its written form was the language of the court, and most MHG poetry embraces chivalric intellectual interests – adventure, romances, and courtly love! In our epic introduction to the language, we begin with a poem on subject matter that Old English and Old Norse students will immediately recognize: Das Nibelungenlied, the story of Siegfried (Sigurd) the dragon slayer, who we all know from the Völsunga Saga, the Poetic Edda, and (as his father Sigmund) Beowulf.

This module requires absolutely no modern German, but you may find that the course awakens that bit of “school German” you remember from high school. We will read our text – the 14th “Adventure” of The Nibelungenlied – slowly, as a small reading group. The benefit of the Nibelungenlied’s style is that enjambment is rare and each line can be treated as a single sentence.
Precepted by Isaac Schendel

Music Theory for the Mathematically-Inclined
Spotlight 

Meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
Music is often described as mathematical but music theory is rarely taught from this perspective. This course will cover traditional basic music theory but will explore some of the underlying mathematical reasons why music works the way it does. Nothing beyond high school math is required.
Precepted by Sarah Monnier and James Tauber

Old English 3
Continuing Series

Select this class if you wish to continue in the Old English series with Dr. Swain, no matter which preceptor led your previous Old English classes.
Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 7:00 PM Eastern Time for eight 1-hour sessions, with classes on March 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28.
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

Tolkien's Great Tales: The Fall of Gondolin

Meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
Although they were never completed in his lifetime, JRR Tolkien wrote what he considered his three "Great Tales" of the Elder Days and intended them to be a significant part of his wider Silmarillion. These Tales are The Tale of Beren and Lúthien, The Children of Húrin, and The Fall of Gondolin. Some parts of these Tales can be found within the published version of The Silmarillion, but the more recently available individual books provide additional and extensive details for each story.

In this course, we will have a ‘read-along’ discussion of The Fall of Gondolin. Each session we will consider our close reading of a section of the story, examining Tolkien’s use of language and narrative structure, as well as exploring ideas about what each Tale tells us about Tolkien’s secondary world.

Access to a copy of The Fall of Gondolin will be necessary, and you may find having a copy of The Silmarillion very useful.
Precepted by Sara Brown
If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].