Interchanging Melodies Online Summit will be held over three days where each day will begin with an interview with a noted Tolkien aficianado and continue with talks from other Tolkien experts
Everyone will have access to lectures and interviews from 10 notable Tolkien scholars that you can watch live or at your own pace
We will host online spaces where you can nerd out with other Tolkienists, ask speakers questions, and discover where you can interact with the featured Tolkien scholars' ongoing work
Alan has been reading Tolkien for over 40 years, which is astounding, as he's only 39. Or something like that. An all-around Tolkien nerd, Alan can be found enjoying Tolkien’s lesser-known works — “Leaf by Niggle” is his favorite — just as often as he gets lost in First Age histories and Third Age adventures. If Alan could live anywhere in Middle-earth, it would be the Shire — in a quiet, and hopefully luxurious, hobbit hole in the hillside with both well-stocked libraries and pantries. He notes that his current location of Southern California is decidedly not the Shire.
Robin retired from Texas A&M University-Commerce in May 2020 and moved to Bellingham, Washington in October 2020. She is enjoying retirement which is allowing her to finish the scholarly and writing projects she never had time for before. Her current major projects include a queer anthology on Tolkien's work, co-edited with Christopher Vaccaro and Stephen Yandell, as well as an anthology on racisms on Tolkien (under contract with McFarland). When those are submitted, she will begin work on her monograph about atheist, agnostic, and animist readers of Tolkien's legendarium. She runs the Tolkien Studies Area for the national Popular Culture Conference and encourages all interested in Tolkien's legendarium and the adaptations and transformative works to join us in Chicago in 2024. After leaving Facebook in 2022, she set up a Substack newsletter, Writing from Ithilien, which she is using to post about Tolkien scholarship: https://robinareid.substack.com/.
Dr. Coutras enjoys giving lectures and presentations on the theological aesthetics of J.R.R. Tolkien. Her book, Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle-earth, was published in 2016 by Palgrave MacMillan.
Craig A. Boyd is Professor of Philosophy & Humanities at Saint Louis University, where he also earned his PhD in philosophy in 1996. His articles on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien have appeared in such venues as The Heythrop Journal, Christian Scholar's Review, Christianity & Literature, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Life as well as in some edited volumes. Professor Boyd’s most current work on Tolkien is a forthcoming volume with Cambridge University Press titled, Tolkien on the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. He has also written extensively on Aquinas’ theory of natural law, the virtues and vices, and Aquinas’ participation metaphysics.
He (with Kevin Timpe) were the co-editors of Virtues & their Vices (Oxford University Press, 2014); he also co-authored with Timpe, The Virtues: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2021).
His philosophical and theological works have also appeared New Blackfriars, The Modern Schoolman, Theology & Science, and the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. Among the books he has published are Faith and Reason: Three Views, with Alan Padgett and Carl Raschke (Intervarsity Press, 2014), Visions of Agapé: Problems and Possibilities in Divine and Human Love (Ashgate, 2008), and A Shared Morality: A Narrative Defense of Natural Law Ethics (Brazos Press, 2007).