This year’s conference was dedicated to the memory of Martha Monsson, who for many years has come from Colorado with her husband George to contribute insightful papers on the culture, textiles, flora, and fauna of Middle-earth. We shall miss her.
☼ Friday, April 11th, 2014
Memorial Lounge: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday evening open-mic fireside readings 2014
Organized and hosted by The Tolkien Club of UVM
Come read, recite, or sing your favorite verse or prose passages!
☼ Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Ira Allen lecture hall, Billings Student Center: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Building Fantastic Worlds: How Tolkien Created the Modern Fantasy Genre
Andrew Liptak • independent scholar
Authorship and the Vita Contemplativa in Tolkien
Dr. Nicholas Birns • Associate Professor • Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
What Then Are These Wood-Woses?
Gerry Blair • independent scholar
Andrew Peterson • Harvard ’14
Numenor and the ‘Devouring Wave’: Literary, Historical, and Psychological Sources for Tolkien’s Self-described ‘Atlantis Complex’
Dr. Kristine Larsen • Professor of Physics and Astronomy • Central Connecticut State University
Dragonomics: Smaug and Pollution in Middle-Earth
Richard Fahey • PhD candidate • Notre Dame
Dr. Chris Vaccaro • Senior Lecturer • University of Vermont
Anders Albertsson • University of Vermont ’14
Casey Brinkman-Traverse • University of Vermont ’16
The Norse Influences in Tolkien’s Stories
Angus Yates • University of Vermont ’16
Connor Klopfer • University of Vermont ’16
Aaron Brunet • University of Vermont ’15
☼ Sunday, April 13th, 2014
John Dewey lounge, in Lafayette