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July 2023 Modules

A Journey Through The History of the Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Isengard (HoMe 7) Continuing Series

WEBINARS: Four 1-hour Webinars with James Tauber & John Garth, meeting on July 3 at 10:00 PM Eastern, July 10 at 10:00 PM Eastern; July 17 at 3:00 PM Eastern; July 26 (note: Wednesday!) at 10:00 PM Eastern.
SECTION 1: Meeting with Patrick Lyon on Thursdays at 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) on July 6, 13, 20, 27.
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 the second book in The History of The Lord of the Rings, The Treason of Isengard (Volume Seven of The History of the Middle-earth), 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 Patrick Lyon (Section 1) and James Tauber (Lecturer)

A Journey Through The History of the Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Isengard (HoMe 7) Continuing Series

WEBINARS: Four 1-hour Webinars with James Tauber & John Garth, meeting on July 3 at 10:00 PM Eastern, July 10 at 10:00 PM Eastern; July 17 at 3:00 PM Eastern; July 26 (note: Wednesday!) at 10:00 PM Eastern.
DISCUSSION SECTION 2: Meeting with Sara Brown on Thursdays at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time) on July 13 (two hour session beginning at 10:00 AM), 20 (one hour session beginning at 11:00 AM), 27 (one hour session beginning at 11:00 AM).
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 the second book in The History of The Lord of the Rings, The Treason of Isengard (Volume Seven of The History of the Middle-earth), 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 the Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Isengard (HoMe 7) Continuing Series

WEBINARS: Four 1-hour Webinars with James Tauber & John Garth, meeting on July 3 at 10:00 PM Eastern, July 10 at 10:00 PM Eastern; July 17 at 3:00 PM Eastern; July 26 (note: Wednesday!) at 10:00 PM Eastern.
DISCUSSION SECTION 3: Meeting with Sara Brown on Thursdays at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) on July 13 (two hour session), 20 (one hour session), 27 (one hour session).
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 the second book in The History of The Lord of the Rings, The Treason of Isengard (Volume Seven of The History of the Middle-earth), 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 3) and James Tauber (Lecturer)

Book Club: Dune by Frank Herbert First in the Series

Meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern in eight one-hour sessions on July 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
Kull Wahad, let’s read Frank Herbert’s Dune! Join us for the first module in a series of three modules in which we closely read Frank Herbert’s masterwork. We will explore themes like heroism, mythology, history, ecology, politics and religion while following the dynastic struggles between the Atreides family and the ruthless Harkonnens. Every week, you will get to connect with fellow book lovers and share your insights. This module is perfect for the creative writer looking to pick up techniques through close reading, or for anyone looking for a cozy book club. Let the spice flow!

Module 1: Book I: Dune
Module 2: Book II: Muad’dib
Module 3: Book III: The Prophet

Precepted by Julian Barr

Conversational Japanese for Daily Life

Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM Eastern in eight 1-hour sessions on July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, August 1
Japanese is a complex language with a strong emphasis on formality. In any given situation, there are multiple ways to communicate the same idea. This course will introduce some of those common situations in daily life and offer some practical, useful, and modern ways to communicate within them.
Precepted by Sam Roche

Creative Writing: Weekend Intensive (July 2023) Continuing Series

Meeting Friday June 30th from 6:00 PM Eastern to 9:00 PM Eastern; Saturday, July 1st from 9:00 AM Eastern to 9:05 PM Eastern (with a two-hour break for late lunch and naps); Sunday, July 2nd from 1:00 PM Eastern to 4:00 PM Eastern



A New Story for a New Season!

On June 30th and July 1st & 2nd, we're going to celebrate creativity by attempting a complete story! Our format will include nine SPACE class sessions, WriterSpace focus time in excellent company, Bandersnatch Breakout rooms for craft talk and work encouragement, and an enthusiastic celebration of the season. We will plan, plan, plan on the 30th and you will get an amazing first draft on the 1st and 2nd ready for editing! This even dovetails beautifully with July Camp NaNoWriMo. So sharpen your quills, line up the inkpots, grill a BIG meal to last the weekend.

Here's the plan:
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Friday the 30th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern
6p - class session
7p - WriterSpace (we will attempt to do an entire Zero Draft)
8p - class session
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Saturday the 1st from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern
9a - class session
10a - WriterSpace & Bandersnatch (that's "quiet space and talking space")
11a - WriterSpace & Bandersnatch
12noon - class session
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Saturday the 1st from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern:
Nap time.
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Saturday the 1st from 3:00 PM to 9:05 PM Eastern:
3p - class session
4p - WriterSpace & Bandersnatch
5p - WriterSpace & Bandersnatch (completing our First Draft)
6p - class session
7p - WriterSpace & Bandersnatch
8p - class session
9p - Sparkler parade for those who can get their equipment outdoors to a safe spot.
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Sunday, the 2nd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern
1p - class session
2p - WriterSpace & Bandersnatch (envisioning our revisions plus machete editing!)
3p - class session & wrap up at 4p.
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Our goal is to create a ready-for-edit 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 celebrate!


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

Creative Writing: Workshop

Meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 PM Eastern in eight one-hour sessions on July 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
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 space@signumu.org 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

Japanese: From Zero - 1 First in the Series

Meeting Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:00 AM Eastern in eight 1-hour sessions July 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, August 1


This course is for those who have an interest in Japanese culture and wish to begin studying Japanese. We will begin by learning Hiragana and Katakana and cover some basic grammatical structures. We will also cover some conversational Japanese and explore how it is used in anime, manga, and music.

This Japanese module has the potential to grow into a series of beginner courses. Japanese is a language of great nuance and depth. This module will open the door to that world and build a foundation for greater insight into Japan's culture and its people.
Precepted by Sam Roche

Latin in a Year 6 Continuing Series

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions July 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
This sixth unit of Signum SPACE’s Latin in a Year sequence expects enrolling students to be familiar with all grammar and vocabulary from the first half of the Wheelock’s Latin textbook (see list below). Students will gain additional familiarity with passive verb forms, learn fifth declension noun endings, and begin the study of participles.



This module covers chapters 21-23 of Wheelock’s Latin:
- 21: Third and Fourth Conjugations: Passive Voice of the Present System
- 22: Fifth Declension; Ablative of Place Where; Summary of Ablative Uses
- 23: Participles



Latin grammar assumed:
- Understanding of stems, endings, cases, agreement, and parts of speech
- Knowledge of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th declension endings for nouns and adjectives
- Knowledge of regular Latin verb conjugations in all indicative tenses (present, imperfect, future, perfect, pluperfect, future perfect), both active and passive, and the imperative forms
- 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
- Acquaintance with ablatives of means, accompaniment, manner, time, agent, separation, and place from which, as well as genitive of the whole and use of genitive and ablative with cardinal numerals
Precepted by Faith Acker

Le Guin's Earthsea Series: A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan First in the Series

Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 PM Eastern in eight 1-hour sessions on July 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31


This present module is for Module 1 of the Earthsea Series, exploring A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan.

Ursula K. Le Guin explores themes of power, love, nature, gender, art, politics, and more through her richly-developed world of Earthsea, drawing upon literary, philosophical, religious, and anthropological interests in doing so. We will walk on the islands of Earthsea and dive into its waters as we discover beloved, and maybe hidden or controversial, aspects of Le Guin’s masterpiece.

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The Earthsea Series consists of 3 modules exploring a different Cycle of Le Guin's expansive work:
• Module 1 explores A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan,
• Module 2 explores The Farthest Shore and Tehanu, and
• Module 3 explores The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea
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NOTE: Students can jump in at any month/part of the Series.

Precepted by Robert Steed

Old Norse 1 First in the Series Spotlight 

Meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 PM Eastern in eight one-hour sessions on July 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31


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
If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].