The Mythgard Academy
The Mythgard Insittute was founded in 2011 as a new online academic center dedicated to promoting the study of imaginative literature and making academic resources more available to fantasy and science fiction fans around the world. In the last two years, we have established a Master's degree program in literature and language with a concentration in imaginative literature and Tolkien studies, building an innovative, interactive online classroom that has made it possible for hundreds of students to study with world-renowned scholars.
This summer, Mythgard is launching a new program, the Mythgard Academy, through which we hope to make in-depth discussion of people's favorite works of fantasy and science fiction literature free and open to everyone. The Mythgard Academy program will feature live discussions with Mythgard Institute faculty to which all are invited, free of charge. Recordings of our sessions will be freely available after class, and we will let our supporters decide what books we read.
Our Campaign Goals
In order to make Mythgard Academy classes numerous, diverse, and free to everyone, we need your support! Organizing, hosting, and running courses takes a lot of resources and a dedicated team of people, and we want the Mythgard Academy courses to be something that we can offer consistently for months and years to come.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, we will offer a class session for every $500 that we raise in this campaign. If we hit our $10,000 goal, we will be able to offer 20 class sessions, either in one long course or in a series of shorter courses (whatever our supporters decide). If we raise $20,000, we can offer 40 class sessions, allowing for a series of courses throughout the year. Would you like to walk through the Chronicles of Narnia in 21 in-depth class sessions? Interested in embarking on a study of The History of Middle-earth together, in 10 class sessions per volume? How about a 6-session class on Frank Herbert's Dune, or perhaps Richard Adams's Watership Down? Maybe a 24-session journey through the Harry Potter series, or a 13-session trip through Jim Butcher's Dresden Files? What about a 5-session reading of Tolkien's newly-released Fall of Arthur, or even a 20-session course in which we read the medieval Arthurian legends that inspired Tolkien? The possibilities are infinite, and we will leave the choice entirely up to you, our supporters.
Power to the People
Everyone will be invited to participate in our Mythgard Academy courses, but the decisions about which courses we offer will be left to our funders. Everyone who pledges at least $25 to our campaign will receive at least one vote when we hold the election for which courses will be offered next. And the more you donate, the more often you can vote! Those who pledge $100 or more will be appointed to the Council of the Wise, the group in charge of nominating and deciding on the slate of finalists brought to the funders as a whole for the vote. Can't afford to donate? Help us spread the word! The more support we get, the more free classes we can run.
Promoting the Study of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Any money raised in this campaign that does not go directly to the funding of the Mythgard Academy courses will be used to support the Mythgard Institute's larger vision of creatiing an inclusive academic community for the serious study of imaginative literature. In addition to continuing to build our Master's degree program, we will also use extra funds to expand Mythmoot, our new annual conference for fans and scholars. With enough support, we can also move ahead on many other planned Mythgard initiatives, such as hosting scholarly journals, encouraging creative writing, and making more academic resources available to the public. We would also love to launch a series of talks and discussions by well-known authors, artists, filmmakers, and scholars.
Thanks for your support of the Mythgard Institute, and we look forward to seeing you in class!