Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis

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Back from Middle-Earth: Next Stop, WorldCon!

I'm back from a wonderful experience at Texas A&M University-Commerce and the National Endowment for the Humanities' "The Real and Imagined Middle Ages in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" Institute. The participants - all secondary teachers from across the country - were enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and I was very pleased with the questions they raised after my lecture and the discussion session that followed. We delved deeply into "On Fairy-Stories" and managed to cover quite a lot of ground regarding Tolkien's influence on contemporary speculative fiction.

In other news...

* I've accepted an invitation to be a guest speaker in the Fall 2009 Speaker Series at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. I'll post more details soon; I do know I'll be leading one seminar on Yevgeny Zamyatin's classic dystopia We and another on the rise, decline, and reemergence of libertarian political thought. I'll also be giving a talk that's open to the public on contemporary young adult dystopian novels and what they can tell us about views of the future and concerns of today. It looks like I'll be interviewed on one of Louisville's radio stations, as well.

* Librivox has added a new unabridged reading of The World Set Free by H.G. Wells.

* For your amusement: Stormtrooper Zombie.

I'll leave you with A Lovecraft Dream, a wonderfully atmospheric animated short:

"The notion that motor-cars are more 'alive' than, say, centaurs or dragons is curious; that they are more "real" than, say, horses is pathetically absurd. How real, how startlingly alive is a factory chimney compared with an elm-tree: poor obsolete thing, insubstantial dream of an escapist!"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "On Fairy-Stories"
Tags: lovecraft, presentations, teaching, tolkien

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