The Next Adventure: Shaping new paths to success

Signum University sprouted from a desire to take fantasy and science fiction literature seriously.

Building from the success of his Tolkien Professor podcast, Signum’s Founder and President Dr. Corey Olsen wanted to foster a serious academic discussion on imaginative literature among scholars and fans alike. Over the last eight years, many volunteers and donors have contributed toward the success of that vision.

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Signum Tree 2019

Signum University has three main branches:

Signum College: A pioneer in online education, Signum College is the primary degree-granting division of Signum University.

Mythgard Institute: A center for research and education in speculative fiction, Mythgard provides educational opportunities to the public through programs such as Mythgard Academy, the Mythgard Movie Club, the Silmarillion Film Project, and Lord of the Rings Online activities. Mythgard Miscellany is a new venture where the community will be able to submit academic and creative works for sharing.

Signum Academy: Launched in Summer 2017 with the popular Hobbit Immersion Camp, Signum’s kids programming is a way that we are bringing fun and educational study of imaginative literature to children. New programs and partnerships are being developed for 2020.

These programs have seen great success in just a few short years – and Signum University wants to do even more! Started from scratch as a digitally native, 21st century educational institution, Signum is ready to continue building these programs that use the digital connections of our world in a fulfilling and edifying way for all who want to learn what they love.

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2019 Campaign Event Schedule

During our campaign, we will highlight the excellent programs and activities that the various branches of Signum conduct on a regular basis. Among our standard programming are the following weekly events:

In addition, we will have a few special events that have become staples of our annual campaign, including a finale event. The table below provides an overview of the events happening during the campaign period – for those who can’t make it live, all events (except the regional moots) will be recorded and available for free viewing on the Signum University YouTube Channel.

2019 Annual Fund Campaign Special Events
Sept. 22Hobbit Day Reading4:30 p.m.
Sept. 29New England MootAll Day
Oct. 2Thesis Theater: Kelly Orazi2pm
Oct. 4Signum Symposium: Philip Pullman’s “The Secret Commonwealth”7pm
Oct. 5LOTRO MarathonNoon
Oct. 7State of the University Address8:30 p.m.
Oct. 10Mythgard Movie Club: Pan’s Labyrinth8:30 p.m.
Oct. 12MiddleMootAll Day
Oct. 19Campaign FinaleNoon

*All times ECT – Eastern Corey Time

How Your Donation Supports Signum University

  • Honoraria for our world-class faculty and speakers
  • Classroom interface (aka, “Netmoot”) costs
  • Library resources for our students
  • Website hosting services
  • Cloud storage and streaming
  • Administrative tools for our worldwide team of volunteers, faculty, and work-study staff

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2019-2020 Donor Appreciation Program

Signum University’s students, staff, and faculty are grateful to our donors, and we want to show our appreciation. Individuals who donate at certain levels will receive the benefits outlined below.

Note: This year we are making it even easier to receive benefits through monthly donations. Recurring monthly donations help Signum better plan for budgeted expenses throughout the year. Please consider setting up a recurring contribution when completing the donation form.

Annual Donation


Up to $99

Voting rights in the Mythgard Academy

$100 and up
$10 monthly

Membership on the Council of the Wise to nominate Mythgard Academy seminars

$150 and up
$12 monthly

Signum Annual Memorabilia: Your choice of a mug or bag featuring the exclusive annual campaign graphic

$200 and up
$15 monthly

Membership in the Signum Fellowship, including invitation to a monthly live interactive update with Corey

$250 and up
$20 monthly

Access to the lecture archives for one course from the Signum Catalog

$500 and up
$40 monthly

Acknowledgement and access to the lecture archives for a second course from the Signum Catalog

$1,000 and up

A special session of your choice, and appearance as a guest/panelist, for one of the following programs: Signum Symposia, Mythgard Movie Club, Gryfflet’s LOTRO Adventures, or Mythgard Academy

$2,500 and up

VIP admission to Mythmoot VII in June 2020

$5,000 and up

A full Mythgard seminar on the book, film, or TV series of your choice

$10,000 and up

Lifetime access to the lecture archives of the full Signum Catalog

Donate Today

If you enjoy the activities offered by Signum University and the Mythgard Institute, please donate today. Donating not only gives you special access to programs and courses noted, but it lets you help others enjoy our free educational materials as well.

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Send your questions about donor perks and other donation-related inquiries to [email protected].