Harry Potter Exhibit and Lecture Coming Soon

The Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine traveling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine will be on display at the Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library from February 15 to March 26, 2016. Most of us have read J.K. Rowling’s thrilling book series featuring the boy wizard Harry Potter and the magical world he lives in. But did you know that Harry Potter’s magical world is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science?

Dr. Wendy Turner, Professor of History, Augusta University, will give a lecture titled “A Fine Line between Magic and Science: Medieval and Renaissance Pseudo-Scientific Thinking and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter” on Thursday, March 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m. This lecture is part of our History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series and will be held in the Historical Collections and Archives Room (AB-225). She will give an encore presentation of the lecture on Tuesday, March 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Jeff Maxwell Branch Library of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System. Please note: registration is required for the lecture at the Maxwell Library by calling 706-793-2020.

Come and see the Harry Potter’s World exhibition at the Greenblatt Library and attend Dr. Turner’s lecture at either the Greenblatt Library or Maxwell Library to learn more about Renaissance science. The exhibition and lectures are free and open to the public.

HarryPotterGreenblattLibFor more information about the exhibition or lecture, please contact Renée Sharrock at 706-721-3444 or rsharrock@gru.edu.