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The World through Tolkien’s Eyes

During the first colloquium meeting, students will generate a list of Tolkienian themes in an effort to explain his impact on culture. We will use an ACU WordPress blog to share experiences and talk about them. Our themes will provide critical categories by which to interpret the world—i.e. each of the chosen themes will supply a lens through which to see and understand the world. Armed with the themes/categories, we will be attentive to daily experience, social phenomena, cultural events, world news, etc. and attempt to relate them to Tolkien. Does x confirm or challenge the significance of the Tolkienian theme? Does Tolkien help one understand x? How do the Tolkienian themes compare and contrast real-life experience? And so forth.

Four times during the Colloquium, post one blog entry, describing a particular recent experience and explaining how it connects to one of the Categories. Use the pull-down menu on the right to give it a Category. Feel free to write, post a picture, capture some video and share it, or send us an audio log you’ve recorded at the scene. Look here for instructions about how to add photos, audio, or video to your posts. You can also embed YouTube clips. If you post media, be sure to include a paragraph explaining why you chose it and how it fits the theme.

In addition to posting one blog entry, comment on at least three (3) other students’ posts. That means at least 3×4=12 comments during the span of the Colloquium. Comments may be brief, but substantial.

The blog won’t really get underway until after our first meeting.


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