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Saturday, June 29 • 11:00am - 11:50am
For Better or Worse: The Place of Harry Potter References in Current Political Discussions

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This presentation will engage participants in conversation around the place of Harry Potter references and J. K. Rowling herself in the political arena since 2016. The focus of the session will not be on a particular political perspective, but on the positive and problematic use of fictional symbolism to build or subvert real efforts and actions. Discussion questions will explore how Harry Potter references have been used – or misused – by groups with divergent agendas to push emotional buttons in an already divided world.

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Cathy Leogrande

Author/Educator, Le Moyne College
Cathy Leogrande is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit college in New York. Her teaching and research focus on new literacies and popular culture to provide K-12 teachers skills to address issues... Read More →

Saturday June 29, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Trousdale Estates