Peter J Ponzio’s Podcast

J.R.R. Tolkien began what would become the Hobbit after experiencing the horrors of the First World War. Initially, he began the book as a way to entertain his children, but he soon realized that it appealed to people of all ages as a tale of an unadventurous little person whose courage helped him survive a series of sometimes fearsome adventures. As we face an uncertain time, I hope the example of an unassuming hobbit named Bilbo Baggins can inspire each of us to face the future with courage and humility. The picture at the top of the page represents Lothlorien.

In addition to a reading of the Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, the podcast will contain discussions about the creation of Middle Earth, the Valar, and the races of Middle Earth.

About Peter

Peter received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from Loyola University of Chicago in 1981, and received his CPA certificate in 1983.  He graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Literature.  He attended Harrison Middleton University, a Great Books, Great Ideas University, where he received a second Master’s degree in Humanities in 2014 and a Doctor of Arts degree in Humanities in 2016.  He taught for five years at McHenry County College and currently teaches at Loyola University of Chicago and as a tutor at Harrison Middleton University

He recently served as the Editor of the Humanities Directory, an online database of articles relating to the humanities.  Mr. Ponzio was co-editor of the Great Books Science Fiction Omnibus, along with Daniel Born and Donald Whitfield.  His new book, Themes in Dickens, Seven Recurring Themes in the Writings, was published by McFarland & Company, a leading publisher of academic and general interest books.  His other works include:  Attached to Life AgainEsther Summerson’s Struggle for Identity and Acceptance in Bleak House, published by Verlag Publishing, and “Dickens and the Visual:  Realism and Mimesis in Sketches by Boz,” published by Global Journal of Human Social Sciences, “Ineffective Institutions in Dickens’s Hard Times,” published by the International Journal of Innovative Studies in Sociology and Humanities.  Self-published novels include:  Children of the Night, Dreams Deferred, Netwrkfx, and Deus Ex.  His poem, “Man on Fire,” appears in the book Unabashedly Episcopalian, by Archbishop Andrew Doyle.


Mr. Ponzio’s presentations include: “Ineffective Institutions in Dickens’s Hard Times,” a paper presented at the 2016 The Northwestern Graduate Student Conference; “Why Shakespeare is Relevant,” presented as the introductory seminar for the Shakespeare Folio exhibition in Lake County, Illinois; “Dickens and the Visual:  Realism and Mimesis in Sketches by Boz.” Presented at the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, for the Dickens Society at the University of Kent; Dickens:  200 Years of Celebrity. Presented at Fremont Public Library in conjunction with the Lake County Discovery Museum; To Kill a Mockingbird, presented at the Fremont Public Library for the 50th anniversary of the publication of the novel.  

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