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June 2024 Modules

A Cultural History of Anime
Spotlight  Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
In this module we will look at the historical development of anime, with special attention to its uses in re-imagining post-war Japanese culture and society. From Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors to mushroom-cloud explosions and kawaii aesthetic, come explore how anime shapes Japanese (and others’) perceptions of Japanese history and culture.

Advanced Old English Series: Readings in Poetry
First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 24, 27
Welcome to the Readings in Poetry page for the Advanced Old English Series in which students explore, in alternating months, a work of prose and then a work of poetry to introduce students to the breadth and depth of Old English texts available for study. Each month Dr. Swain surveys the group to see what they want to tackle next from month to month.
Precepted by Dr. Larry Swain

Beginning Japanese 4
Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 25, 27
Picking up from where we leave off in Beginning Japanese 3, we'll review what needs solidifying from the first two modules and advance to new material in Genki. We will focus especially upon verb, adjective, and noun tenses, as well as continuing to build vocabulary, katakana, and kanji knowledge, as well as oral skills.
Precepted by Dr. Robert Steed

Book Club: God Emperor of Dune 2
Candidate

Mondays & Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 24, 27
"Is this your Golden Path, Tyrant?"

In this two-month module, we will read and discuss the fourth Dune novel, God Emperor of Dune. Three millennia after the events of the first Dune trilogy, Leto Atreides II rules the known universe with inhuman ruthlessness. All but immortal, Leto goads humanity onward to a new evolutionary pathway. The future of the species depends upon it. He will stop at nothing to achieve his vision - even if it means his own destruction and the end of civilization as we know it...

Whether you are a new or continuing student in our Dune book club, all are welcome to join this class. Connect with book lovers, compare to the adaptations, and share your insights.

Let the spice flow!
Precepted by Dr. Julian Barr

Chaucer in Middle English: The Canterbury Tales
Spotlight  Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 24, 27
Read what Chaucer wrote in his own language! The famed Canterbury Tales are a wonderful read in Middle English and this module will focus on The Miller’s Tale.
Precepted by Dr. Larry Swain

Cinema Club: Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Fridays at 6:00 PM Eastern for seven 70 minute sessions on June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, (skip 21 for MythMoot), 24, 28. The Zoom registration can only be set for 15-minute increments, so it will show 75 minute sessions. They are really 70 minutes.
In this course, we’ll watch and discuss three different cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth": Roman Polanski’s classic take on this tragedy (1971); Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed Japanese adaptation, Kumonosu-jō (English title: Thrown of Blood , 1957); and the recent innovated interpretation by Joel Cohen (2021), starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. We will also consult reviews and scholarly articles on Shakespeare cinema generally and these films in particular.

This module is structured so that 3 of the 8 meetings will serve as “movie nights” where the class will watch the films together as group. Admittedly, these meetings will be longer than an hour, so attendance beyond the hour is optional, of course. After a General Introduction (Meeting 1), Meeting 2 will serve as the “movie night” for Polanski's adaptation, followed by discussion of the film in Meeting 3. We follow this pattern for the Kurosawa version (Meetings 4 & 5) and the Cohen version (Meetings 6 & 7), before ending with a look back at all three versions (Meeting 8).
Precepted by Dr. Liam Daley

Creative Writing: Anatomy of a Scene (Novel in a Year)
Continuing Series Spotlight  Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 24, 27
In this craft-focused module, you will dissect the structure of the most fundamental building block of a story. By analyzing scenes from classic books, films, and TV shows, you will discover the key questions to enhance your scenes and narrative conflict on the scene level. In a supportive, kindness-first workshop, you will have the opportunity to share and develop individual scenes.This module will help you craft scenes with intentionality and precision.

Novel in a Year Note: Anyone is welcome to join our Novel in a Year modules at any time (the only exception is Tree Workshop (Novel in a Year 11) which, while open to all who have a mature writing project ready for close scrutiny, is designed specifically for students who have completed at least 4 previous modules in the Novel in a Year sequence). Each module is designed to stand alone without prerequisites. However, for the richest experience, the full twelve-month sequence of modules will carry you from blank page through to completing your novel. In a writing journal, you will track your progress and moments of unexpected, joyful discovery as you continue your novel. Whether you are looking to publish commercially or simply writing for yourself, our program is designed to nurture your individual writing journey. Our workshops place kindness first, lifting up excellence and encouraging you to tell your story in your own voice. For more information about our Collaborative Feedback model, check out our video here.

Creative Writing: Workshop
Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 24, 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 Dr. Julian Barr

Easy Koine Greek Readings
Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, (skip 20 for Mythmoot), 24, 27
Got Greek? This module is meant for those who have some Classical or Koine Greek and want to brush up in a fun, low-key, no pressure module with others in the same boat. Ever wonder what'd be like to read texts like the Gospel of Thomas or I Enoch about the Watchers? Then this is for you!
Precepted by Dr. Larry Swain

Egyptian Hieroglyphs 1
First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
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 students 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

In the Age of Wonder: The Many Themes of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal
Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 25, 27
The Dark Crystal, a film directed and created by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, was released at Christmastime in 1982. An attempt at a more mature and decidedly darker direction for Henson, it performed modestly in the box office to mixed reviews. Despite its poor initial beginnings, over the next 42 years, The Dark Crystal became a cult classic. Why the appeal all these years later? In this class we will explore this multifaceted dark fantasy as a stand of world building from the better appreciated “Muppet” canon. Over the course of eight sessions we will discuss the world of Thra through the film itself, seen afresh with the new lenses of various forms of modern criticism. Please join us for a combination of short lectures and lively discussion of this visual and technical masterpiece whether you’re a long-time fan or neophyte.
Precepted by Kerra Fletcher and Jay Moses

Introduction to Watercolor Painting
Candidate

Meeting Wednesdays at 2:00 PM Eastern for four 2-hour sessions on June 5, 12, 19, 26
Do you love to look at paintings, but aren’t sure how to make them yourself? Do you want to paint, but you don’t have room to store flammable, smelly chemicals like turpentine? Do oil/acrylic canvases and easels take up too much room for you to work in a small space? If you’ve painted watercolor before, have you wondered why they looked washed out or why you get certain unexpected textures in your color mixes? Then this module is for you!

This class is an introduction to the materials, tools, and methods of watercolor painting. Whether you're brand new to making art, a seasoned painter who wants to connect with other makers, or you just want to find out how Tolkien created many of his Middle-earth illustrations, you’ll find a place in this module!

Course Outline:
• Class 1: Defining Watercolor – What makes Watercolor different from other art media?
• Class 2: Materials and Terms – What you need and where to get it
• Class 3: Prep – What to do before you start painting
• Class 4: Composition – Tips for visually interesting paintings and how to save your whites
• Class 5: Values – How to get good tone, range, and contrast
• Class 6: Color Mixing – Sediments vs. stains and how to make harmonious paintings
• Class 7: Texture – Tips for interesting textures and brushwork
• Class 8: Overflow, Resources for Further Research, and Final Q & A
Precepted by Praise Moyer

Japanese for Advanced Beginners 10
Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, (skip 20 for Mythmoot), 25, 27, July 2.
The tenth and final module in the series in which we continue to explore the beauty of the Japanese language and culture. We will read tales, learn more complex structures, widen general vocabulary, and we will continue reading and writing kanji. みなさん、これからも一緒に日本語を勉強したい!楽しみにしています!
Precepted by Pilar Barrera

Japanese: From Zero - 11
Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 9:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 31, June 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, (skip 21 for MythMoot), 25, 28
This course is for those who have an interest in Japanese culture and wish to continue our study of Japanese. We will continue using Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji, and covering grammatical structures. Through use of conversational Japanese, we will continue to explore how the language is used in anime, manga, and music.

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

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Life in Letters 4
Continuing Series Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, (skip 20 for Mythmoot), 25, 27, July 2.
How do you pick up the threads of an old life? Come and take a deep dive, attempting to do just that, as we look into the life of the maker of Middle-earth! This series will go on an adventure through the life of Tolkien over several months through the lens of the newly revised and expanded Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. As the module follows the narrative presented in Tolkien's own words in his letters, the class sessions will allow for discussions of Tolkien's thoughts and problems as he raises them --- as well as the chance to read and discuss selections of his creative works along the way.

Throughout the course, we will be discussing the events of Tolkien’s life in tandem with the letters and filling out a more complete picture of the man through his work, his personal life, and his creative endeavours. Names, places, and stages of history can all too easily become abstractions on a page but, in this course, we will see the way in which Tolkien's personal environment was intimately connected to his works, and how it shaped the life of the man behind the legendarium.

You can join us for the whole series or just jump in a month at a time as we explore the newly revised and expanded Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien!
Precepted by Dr. Sara Brown

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

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
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

Latin in a Year 1
First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 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 Dr. Faith Acker

Old English 1
First in the Series Confirmed

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 25, 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 Dr. Isaac Schendel

Such an Odyssey 1
First in the Series Candidate

Meeting Wednesdays at noon Eastern for four 2-hour sessions on June 5, 12, 19, 26.
This 6-module series will work slowly through the 24 books of Homer’s Odyssey. Each week we will read one book of the Odyssey aloud together, comparing editions and language and then discussing translation choices, plot development, character and setting descriptions, and overall themes. With two hours to spend on each book, students can enjoy a slow reading pace, little to no homework, and lots of class discussion.
Precepted by Dr. Faith Acker

The Andre Norton Nebula Award
Candidate

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 2:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 24, 27
Join Dr. Sara Brown and Sparrow Alden as they read their way through the winners and nominees of the Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction. How do these books speak to their special audience? What do they reflect about changing society? How do they build or break down their readers' connection to modern culture? How do they use heritage and world mythology to bring their stories to life?

Each time this module is presented, we will choose two different Norton Award novels to read, enjoy, discuss, and analyze with various critical tools. Mostly we're going to read great books and have fun working to understand them at deeper and deeper levels.

The Story of Cinema: A SPACE Odyssey
Candidate

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 30, June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, (skip 20 for MythMoot), 25, 27
How did cinema develop from a curiosity of the early 20th century to the multi-billion dollar industry it is today?

The story of the rise of filmmaking as both mass entertainment and an art form is a tale of epic proportions that is still in the making. From Victor Fleming to Tarantino and John Ford to Spielberg, the medium of film has turned into the backbone of modern storytelling. Just as the novels of Dickens and Cervantes captured the attention and imaginations of generations of audiences, the classics of cinema will provide food for thought and discussion for generations to come. Take a deep dive with us into the greatest and most fascinating movies that cinematic history has to offer as we make an Odyssey through the stories that made film the art form that it is today. Join in with our analytical discussions led by a professional film critic and movie podcaster, and together we will explore the enduring quality of the best that film has to offer.

For the first module of this series, "The Story of Cinema: A SPACE Odyssey," we will be exploring some of the most unique and innovative space and science fiction films in history:

• Class 1: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
• Class 2: Star Wars (1977)
• Class 3: Alien (1979)
• Class 4: Blade Runner (1982)
• Class 5: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
• Class 6: Minority Report (2002)
• Class 7: Interstellar (2014)
• Class 8: Arrival (2016)
Precepted by Patrick Lyon

Tolkien And Alchemy
Spotlight  Candidate  Hybrid

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 11:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Transformation and the process of transformation, either physical or of the self, is a significant theme in Tolkien’s writing and appears throughout the Middle-earth legendarium. In this SPACE course, we will explore how the practice, philosophy and symbolism of alchemy resonate in the texts and provide another way to read the changes that are apparent throughout. Amongst other topics, we will look at the Music of the Ainur and Tolkien’s creation myth, the recurring symbolism of the alchemical colours: Black, White and Red, the metaphor of Gold, the nature of the One Ring, and Frodo as alchemical subject.
Precepted by Dr. Sara Brown
If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].