Library Showcases Science, Medicine, Ethics of Potter’s World

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Oct. 7, 2011 – An educational exhibit, “Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine,” is on display at the Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library Information-Technology Center now through Nov. 5.

Using materials from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, the six-banner traveling exhibition was created to explore the link between Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science and medicine. It was curated by Elizabeth J. Bland at the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division, with consultant Mark A. Waddell and contributions from Stephen Greenberg, Michael J. North and E. Dever Powell.

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 exhibit examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice and the responsibility that comes with power.

For more information on public programs and activities at the library, call 383-8125 or visit www.cokerlibrary.blogspot.com.

 

Photo:  Illustration of an alchemy workshop, courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 

 
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