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An Announcement!

I am pleased to announce that I've joined the faculty of The Mythgard Institute as lead instructor for its fifteen-week Spring 2012 course, which will be offered online internationally for both audit and M.A. credit: "Taking Harry Seriously: The Artistry and Meanings of the Harry Potter Saga."

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Taking Harry Seriously: The Artistry and Meanings of the Harry Potter Saga

Here's the official press release: "Amy H. Sturgis Joins Mythgard, Harry Potter Course."

Founded and led by Dr. Corey Olsen, a.k.a. "The Tolkien Professor," The Mythgard Institute is harnessing the potential of new media to change the landscape of higher education. The Mythgard Institute is dedicated to making a rigorous, dynamic, and interactive educational experience possible for students around the world through the latest online technology. I'm most excited to be on board with this innovative institute, teaching a course that is near and dear to me, and working with my colleague and friend, Travis Prinzi.

I'll share more details as they become available! I will also be teaching my undergraduate and graduate seminars in Liberal Studies for Lenoir-Rhyne University. In Spring 2012, I'll be offering seminars on "Native American Myth and Contemporary Film and Fiction."

"Sturgis!" gasped Hermione, looking thunderstruck.
"Sorry?" said Ron, looking bewildered.
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


( 30 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 28th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your new assignment! Sounds like fun!
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm excited.
Nov. 28th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh my dude, that is so cool!!!! :D
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Nov. 28th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. Do they need any film/script profs? :)
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'll be sure to ask. :D
Nov. 28th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
I am sooooo thrilled, and proud of you! This is extremely exciting! *adds feather to your already-full cap*
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much for your kind words! I really appreciate them. :D I'm excited, I must admit.
Nov. 28th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Major congrats! This is exciting -- please keep us all informed of the details.
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Will do.
Nov. 28th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Wow how super exciting! Congratulations!

*is in awe of your fame*
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much, my friend! *hugs* (I don't know about fame... but you put a smile on my face. *g*)
Nov. 29th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Wow! How wonderful! Congratulations! (I wish I had the time to take the class.)
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

I love your icon. :D
Nov. 29th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, that sounds like an amazing course. I know you'll enjoy doing that!
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to it.
Nov. 29th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Wow. I would SO LOVE to take the course. ::pines::
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! <3 It would be so amazing to have you as part of the discussion! If not this semester, maybe when it's offered again? *fingers crossed*
Nov. 29th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)

Wow! I really like the level of interaction the course requires--it looks like a significant improvement over other online learning systems.
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! The structure is very well crafted, I think, to maximize interaction at every stage along the way. I'm most excited about being a part of it.
Nov. 29th, 2011 07:23 am (UTC)

I loved listenong to Corey Olsen's lectures on Tolkein. What a great opportunity!

Dec. 1st, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm really excited. I owe you an email - I'll have that to you shortly!
Nov. 29th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Whoa...I am completely applying to get my MA.
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Seriously? That would be so fantastic! :D Thanks for your encouragement about this.
Nov. 30th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful opportunity for you and the students who will enjoy your course!! So proud and happy!!!
Dec. 1st, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I really appreciate it. :D
Dec. 3rd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Sturgis! This is just the sort of thing I've been hoping you would offer one day! But alas! The day has come too soon! I've been hoping you would help me appreciate HP a bit, but given that I've actually finished 3 whole books in the last 2 years makes me skeptical that I could read all of the HP books in 4 months. Not to mention any others plus 3 classes a week! One of these days, I hope. Thanks for keeping us informed.
Dec. 9th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for this encouragement! I do hope maybe, when it comes around again, you might find it more convenient. It would be so much fun to have you there!
Dec. 3rd, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Another post to add heartfelt congratulations on this new assignment! I'm sure you will be inspiring to all who get to take your course. Well done!
Dec. 9th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, my friend! I appreciate it!
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