Travelling Harry Potter Exhibit from the University of Alabama at Birmingham
January 09, 2010, 04:55 AM
A press release from the University of Alabama at Birmingham announces a travelling exhibit to "[show] how Rowling delved into the writings of real 15th and 16th century physicians, scholars and scientists to fashion the basis of magic in the seven Potter books." Supplemented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's collection of "rare, historical medical texts" and presented by the National Library of Medicine, the exhibit, "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine," will run from the 25th of January until 5th of March.
The exhibit explores Rowling's references to themes popular with Renaissance scholars as well as the author's nods to early scientists such as Paracelsus and Agrippa. Elizabeth Jane Furdell Ph.D., a professor of history at the University of North Florida, will deliver a presentation on "Magic Alchemy and Medicine in Harry Potter's World" on the 2nd of February at 4pm.
More information can be found here.
um, amazing. why? because UAB is like 10 minutes from me. In fact, I spent half of my semester down at UAB. It should be noted that it’s not the University of Alabama, i.e. roll tide roll, we just won national championships, but University of Alabama AT Birmingham who put this out. two very different schools- their colors are green, and their mascot is a dragon. Just thought I’d point out the distinction. And it sounds like the exhibit will always be in Birmingham, and the lecturer is just from North Florida. I don’t think the lecture is actually in Florida, but still in Birmingham.
This is so awesome! Even if it had been at UA, I would’ve driven down to Tuscaloosa, but this is just around the corner! love it!
It is amazing how many people Harry Potter has touched. I have heard that there are several colleges that offer Harry Potter as an actual college class, using it to compare to religion and other writings.
very interesting indeed. id love 2 c it 2, but thats kinda unlikely. still, i probably read about enough books about that kinda stuff, that it wouldnt be anything new 2 me… ;p