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Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine: Exhibit and Events

The exhibit "Harry Potter's World" and the lecture and film series sponsored by the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Rothman Fund, and the Catalyst Fund

Harry Potter Speaker and Film Series

About the Speaker and Film series:
This Speaker and Film series is sponsored by the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Rothman Fund, the Catalyst Fund, the UF Genetics Institute, the UF Honors College, the Alachua County Library District, and the Smathers Libraries' PR&M Committee.

Light refreshments will be served at most events. All are welcome to attend.

 

Past Events

Grand Opening:

Thursday, September 6th

4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Health Science Center Library, first floor

Stop by the exhibit, enjoy refreshments, watch science demonstrations by the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention, dress as your favorite Harry Potter character, meet the UF Quidditch team, and partcipate in other fun activities!  Kids are welcome to attend.
Co-sponsored by the Catalyst Fund.

Friday, September 7 - Film Screening - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

6:00 PM 

Location: Norman Gym; Research, Education, and Visualization Environment (REVE)
With an introduction by staff of the Digital Worlds Institute.  Due to limited space, advance reservations are required.
Update: All seats are filled! 

Co-sponsored by the Honors College.

Thursday, September 13 - Representations of Race and Ethnicity in Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-3
Looking at both the literal and metaphorical representations of racial and cultural Others at Hogwarts, Giselle Anatol, associate professor of English at the University of Kansas, will consider what these depictions might say about Rowling’s desires for contemporary multiculturalism and race relations in London and the larger nation.
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, with support from the Rothman Fund, and the Smathers Libraries' PR&M Committee.


Wednesday, September 19 - Literary Alchemy: The Secret Magic Formula of Harry Potter and Today's Best-Selling Books 


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-7
John Granger, author of Harry Potter's Bookshelf (Penguin, 2009) and Potter Pundit whom TIME calls “the Dean of Harry Potter scholars,” will speak about the literary alchemy of the Harry Potter books and their impact on other contemporary young adult literature. Of the literary keys that unlock Harry Potter, the strangest and most fascinating door-opener is Ms. Rowling’s use in her books of medieval alchemy, the sacred science of changing lead into gold.
Co-sponsored by the Catalyst Fund.

 

 
Tuesday, September 25 - Modern Magic: Genetics in Medicine
Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-7
This panel will highlight the "magic" of modern medical advances in genetic medicine, featuring a variety of UF researchers including Julie Johnson (Pharmacy), Connie Mulligan (Anthropology), Alfred Lewin (Molecular Genetics and Microbiology), and Steve Ghivizzani (Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation).
Co-sponsored by the UF Genetics Institute.

 

Thursday, September 27 - Curses, Crimes, and Covenants: The Law and Harry Potter
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Smathers Library, Room 1A
Danaya Wright, UF professor of law, will speak about the law and the absence of law in the magical world of Harry Potter.
Co-sponsored by the Smathers Libraries' PR&M Committee.
 
 
Sunday, September 30Harry Potter Magic at the Public Library
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The exhibit will travel to the public library for one day, with a reprise of science demonstrations by the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention!

Co-sponsored by the Catalyst Fund and the Alachua County Public Library District.
 
 
Tuesday, October 2 - Potions and Herbs
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-17 (Please note change in location.)
Paul Doering, Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the College of Pharmacy,  will talk on herbs and their use in medicines based on the herbs and potions used in the Harry Potter series. 
 
 
Wednesday, October 3 - Understanding Genetics: With a Little Help from Harry Potter & Friends
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-17 (Please note change in location.)
Martha Driessnack, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Iowa will describe how she uses characters and stories from the Harry Potter series to walk patients through complex genetic concepts, including patterns of inheritance, variable expressivity, incomplete penetrance, epigenetics, and eugenics. It should be almost as fun as a Quidditch match!
Co-sponsored by the Catalyst Fund and the UF Genetics Institute.
 
Friday, October 26 - Film Screening - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

5:30 PM 

Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-4
With an introduction by Steve Noll, UF senior lecturer of history.
Co-sponsored by the Smathers Libraries' PR&M Committee.

 

 

 
Tuesday, October 30 - Film Screening - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

5:30 PM

Location: Communicore Building, Room C1-7

With an introduction by  Konstantinos Kapparis, UF associate professor of classics.Co-sponsored by the Smathers Libraries' PR&M Committee.

Harry Potter at UF

The Health Science Center Library is pleased to host this exhibit from the National Library of Medicine from August 28th-October 4th, 2012 ! (On Sunday, September 30th, the exhibit will be visiting the Alachua County Public Library.)

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter's world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.

National Library of Medicine exhibit site

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Curated by Elizabeth J. Bland, History of Medicine
Consulting by Mark A. Waddell, Ph. D.
Designed by Howard + Revis Design Services and the National Library of Medicine
Special thanks to Stephen Greenberg, Ph.D., Michael J. North, M.S.L.S., and E. Dever Powell, M.S.L.I.S.

Images from the Exhibit

Image 1: Detail of illustration of a female mandrake root, Hortus Sanitatis, 1491
Image 2:Illustration of a unicorn, Konrad Gesner, Historiae Animalium, 1551
Image 3: Illustration of an apothecary mixing theriac, Hortus Sanitatis, 1491
Image 4: Detail of a centaur from an illustration of the human body and the astrological signs that govern it, Joannes de Ketham, Fasciculo de Medicina, 1493/1494
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