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Harry Potter Display at National Library of Medicine

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Posted by: sue
September 24, 2008, 02:03 PM

The National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD is hosting a special Harry Potter display, called Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine. The NLM website says this exhibit “using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.”

It continues: “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.”

Several related lectures and events will take place at the NLM, including a History of Medicine lecture on Oct 24th, a screening of “Prisoner of Azkaban” on October 31st, and the Curator talk on this display December 1st. This display is open now until December 31, 2008.

Thanks much Kathee!

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HermioneP

Sounds really interesting… unfortunately I won’t be going there in the near future!
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