Oct. 29: The Philosophy of Harry Potter Conference Features Scholars Across Disciplines
October 29, 2011
Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 10 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Location: MMC, Regina Peruggi Room (2nd Floor, Main Building)
Cost: Free and open to all members of the MMC community
Contact: For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dr. Carrie-Ann Biondi at email@example.com.
Please join us for “‘The Power to Imagine Better’: The Philosophy of Harry Potter,” a conference where scholars from across the disciplines join us to examine various philosophical issues in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga. Ten presentations will be offered in three sessions spanning topics, such as power, tyranny, friendship, moral imagination, love, revenge, death and choice. Seating is limited, so reservations will be taken by session (see Conference Schedule below). If interested, please specify when you contact Carrie-Ann Biondi which of the three sessions you are interested in attending.
“The Power to Imagine Better”: The Philosophy of Harry Potter Conference Schedule
Registration: 9:00-10:00 a.m. (in 2nd floor lobby at top of stairwell outside of Peruggi Room)
Continental Breakfast: 9:00-10:00 a.m. (in Peruggi Room)
Welcome/Introduction: 10:00-10:10 a.m.
10:10-10:45 a.m.: "Voldemort Tyrannos: Plato's Tyrant in the Republic and the Wizarding World”
Anne Collins Smith and Owen Smith (both at Stephen F. Austin State University, TX)
10:45-11:20 a.m.: "Harry Gets by With a Little Help from His Friends: An Aristotelian Reading of Virtue and Friendship in Harry Potter"
Jennifer Mogg and Kendra Tully (both at Bridgewater State University, MA)
11:20-11:55 a.m.: "Friendship, Identity Politics, and Harry Potter"
Susan Peppers-Bates and Joshua Rust (both at Stetson University, FL)
11:55 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: "J. K. Rowling's Fairy-Tale Philosophy: Embracing Moral Imagination"
Travis Prinzi (Founder of Thehogshead.org)
2:00-2:35 p.m.: "Harry Potter and Humanity: Choices, Love, and Death"
Shawn Klein (Rockford College, IL)
2:35-3:10 p.m.: "Kierkegaard's Mirror (of Erised)"
Joel Hunter (Arizona State University)
3:10-3:45 p.m.: "Heroic Hermione: Celebrating the Love of Learning"
Patrick Shade (Rhodes College, TN)
Snack Break: 3:45-4:00 p.m. (in Peruggi Room)
4:00-4:35 p.m.: "Harry Potter and the Metaphysics of Soul-Splitting"
Greg Bassham (King's College, PA)
4:35-5:10 p.m.: "Neither Can Live While the Other Survives: The Driving Force of Revenge in Harry Potter"
Heidi Nielson (AmeriCorp*VISTA; Founder & Managing Editor of merj.org)
5:10-5:45 p.m.: "Spells and Hate Speech: Violence and Vulnerability in the Harry Potter Series"
Anna McFarlane (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
Closing/Thanks: 5:45 p.m. or so