Harry Potter is Topic of WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Presentation

Oct. 20, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Harry Potter is Topic of WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Presentation

CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University Distinguished Lecture Series will explore wizardry and fantasy in a presentation of  “Harry Potter Unlocked” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall.

Featured speaker for the presentation is John Granger, who is described as the “Dean of Harry Potter Scholars.” Granger, an author, speaker and professor, also will conduct a question and answer session from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Recital Hall.

The Harry Potter books, written by J.K. Rowling, are considered the most popular and widely read book series of the century. The young adult series appeals to readers of all ages as well as students across all disciplines, and Granger taps into that popularity to explore the value of Harry Potter through Rowling’s artistry on words and themes.

“This is the Harry Potter generation,” Dr. Elizabeth Clark, associate professor of history and teacher of an Attebury Honors course about Harry Potter, said. “Rowling’s stories have given young readers a way to relate to books, literature, reading and their world. Potter references can be useful in studying everything from Jane Austen to Nazi Germany, from modern London to medieval alchemy.

“Having John Granger on campus will reinforce for students that Harry Potter might have something to teach them in college, including that reading is still fun.”

Granger has been a featured speaker on Harry Potter books at conferences, universities and other venues across the country and featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and CNN. He has explored the themes, symbolism and artistry of Rowling’s works in his own set of works along with a blog at hogwartsProfessor.com. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied classical languages and literature.

The “Harry Potter Unlocked” presentation is appropriate for school age children, and area schools are invited to attend. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Clark at eclark@wtamu.edu.



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