Traveling Harry Potter Exhibit Will Come to the University of Redlands

(February 8, 2011) The University of Redlands Armacost Library is pleased to host the National Library of Medicine exhibit “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine,” which illustrates the links between the popular novels and the history of science.

The exhibit arrives at the University of Redlands as part of a cross-country tour on February 13 and an opening reception will be held on February 15. It will be on display through March 26 in the Armacost Library.

Redlands’ Frugal Frigate, a Children’s Bookstore and the Highland Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center are co-sponsoring the exhibit, which is developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

The exhibit features six banners of illustrations and explanations of alchemy practices, fantastic creatures and other Harry Potter-themed elements designed to explore Potter's world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science and medicine.

During the exhibit, a series of speakers will discuss topics ranging from chemistry to gardening and herbology, all connected to topics in the Harry Potter books. o

  • The opening reception on Tuesday, February 15 will feature University of Redlands English professor Heather King, who will discuss how the Weasley twins provide insight into shifting paradigms of individual development, from the Renaissance to the present, in her talk “Harry Potter and the Invisible Hand.” King learned much of what she knows about the books through a seminar she co-taught with a student. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the library’s Redlands Room on the third floor, with King speaking at 7 p.m.
  • A rooftop garden tour will take place on Thursday, February 17 from 4 -5 p.m. at the Highland Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center, located at 7863 Central Ave. in Highland. Strange creatures, beasts and flora are common in Harry Potter stories; at the Environmental Learning Center, visitors can view a collection of 200 animals from 40 different species. 
  • On Tuesday, March 3, local children’s bookstore Frugal Frigate will visit the Armacost Library and recommend books similar to the popular Potter series. Great works of fantasy with similar Potter elements will be for sale. Bookstore representatives will be on campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • On Wednesday, March 9, chemistry professor Teri Longin will discuss “The Magic of Chemistry.” Chemistry developed out of the alchemist movement mentioned in the Harry Potter series deals with the mysterious changes undergone by matter. Longin will demonstrate how chemical reactions and temperature can change the colors of certain liquids. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Gregory Hall, room 272.
  • Botany and herbology will be discussed on Thursday, March 17 from 4 - 5 p.m. at the Highland Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center. Master Gardeners will discuss native plants as well as the usefulness of certain herbs in the library's rooftop garden. 
  • On Tuesday, March 22, physics professor Tyler Nordgren will discuss astronomy, an ancient discipline studied by many, including Hogwarts students. He will point telescopes to the stars and galaxies after which J.K. Rowling was inspired to name several characters in the series. The outdoor presentation will begin at 8 p.m. between Gregory and Lewis halls, and is open to the public.

For more information on the exhibit visit and the Armacost Library’s blog.

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