Final Conference Update: Revised Schedule, New Guest Speaker

Hail Fellowship!

We’re just over one week away from the start of Tolkien Weekend NYC 2019.  Please use the hashtag #TolkienNYC2019 on social media to let everyone know what you’re up to during the celebration.

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A note first concerning the events taking place Saturday, March 16th 2019 and Sunday March 17th, 2019.

From emails we’ve received, there seems to be a bit of confusion as to what event is taking place when.  The Morgan Library and Museum is hosting the “Tolkien and Inspiration: A Multidisciplinary Symposium,” on Saturday March 16th, 2019.  The event starts at 2pm, and the Tolkien Exhibition is open to attendees at 1pm.  This event is SOLD OUT.

On Sunday March 17th, 2019 The New York Tolkien Conference is being held at Baruch College The Newman Vertical Campus at Baruch College One Bernard Baruch Way New York, NY 10010  from 10am – 5pm.

The two days of programming at The Morgan Library and Baruch College are two seperate events at two different locations. Together, they comprise “Tolkien Weekend NYC 2019.”

We now have NY Tolkien Conference T-shirts and other schwag available at our REDBUBBLE STORE.  Get your own T-shirt with the 2019 Conference logo illustrated by Luke Spooner of Carrion House


With that said, a note about REGISTRATION for our event: The NY Tolkien Conference is SOLD OUT.  If you have registered please bring your ticket from Eventbrite.  We will accept being shown the ticket via your cell phone or any other device. If you have registered and do not have your printed ticket you will have to show a form of ID (Driver license, non-driver ID etc) in order for us to verify your identity on our registration list.

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND PLEASE CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION.  If you do not know how to cancel please email Anthony at

Doors Open 9:15am

Registration begins at 9:15am:

If you have registered with a ticket, you MUST arrive when the doors open & you MUST check in prior to opening remarks. The Registration table is at the 7th Floor Main Hall. All Registered attendees will be checked in. You will have a seat at the Opening Remarks at 10am if you check in by 9:55am.

Registration will close during Opening Remarks and reopen afterwards. No registration will take place during Opening Remarks.

No one can attend any programming without having registered.


We would like to welcome back to the New York Tolkien Conference Dr. Corey Olsen aka The Tolkien Professor. If you attended the 2015 New York Tolkien Conference you may recall Dr. Olsen reading from the work of Tolkien alongside live music provided by The Lonely Mountain Band. Check out our video archive for footage from the program here

Dr. Olsen will be moderating “Signum Presents Tolkien: A Round-Robin discussion.” See our full schedule below for details.

Additionally Dr. Olsen will be participating in our panel discussion “Teaching Tolkien in Today’s University” moderated by Leslie A. Donovan and Megan Abrahamson. 

Dr. Corey Olsen
is the President of Signum University, where he also teaches classes on J.R.R. Tolkien, Chaucer, and modern fantasy literature. Through the Mythgard Institute, a research division of Signum, and in his persona as The Tolkien Professor, Dr. Olsen offers free weekly, interactive discussions on works of speculative fiction and the “new literature” of cinema and video game adaptations like Lord of the Rings Online. Dr. Olsen has a B.A in English and Astrophysics from Williams College and an M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D in medieval literature from Columbia University. Before founding Signum University, Dr. Olsen taught at Temple University, Columbia University, and Washington College.

Signum University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, online higher education institution specializing in the study of imaginative literature. Based in New Hampshire, Signum boasts an international community of students, faculty, staff, and supporters dedicated to offering a low-cost, accessible graduate program. A digitally native organization, Signum has built a digital campus employing technology and processes and technology that take advantage of our virtual, interconnected world. Signum also promotes the study and enjoyment of speculative works through free programs like Signum Symposia and the Signum Academy Summer Reading Camps for children.

When Dr. Olsen is not participating in programming you will be able to find him, unless he is being a tricksy hobbit, at the Signum University table on the 7th Floor.

CLICK HERE To learn more of all our Guest Speakers


If you checked out the program schedule after our last update please note that we have completely overhauled the schedule.  A few programs have shifted time slots and we have added the Dr. Corey Olsen Signum Round Robin discussion.  The downloadable .pdf program schedule has also been significantly revised.  This is the final schedule, no further changes will occur.  We will have copies of a grid-schedule at the event.

Click here to visit our Program Page

Click here to download our program schedule .pdf



Please be advised we welcome any and all kinds of Middle-earth Cosplay.  However, there are no swords, spears, daggers, arrows, yes even the Black Arrow is not allowed, nor are morghul blades, or any blade of any kind as they violate college policy.

We highly encourage photography. But please be advised if a guest speaker for any reason asks for their picture not to be taken, whether its because of the flash, or other reasons specified or not, please respect their request.  If you intend on streaming or recording a session, kindly ask the speaker’s permission before the start of the session and before you record, stream, et cetera.

We look forward to meeting with you all next weekend!!

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