Historian Edmund Kern talks about Harry Potter

  October 24, 2003 at 12:06 PM ET
  grae     Moreover (via Lawrence University)

If you happen to be in Appleton, Wisconsin next Monday, you may want to drop by Lawrence University around four in the afternoon if you're a Harry Potter fan. Why? Because Edmund Kern, author of the recently published book, The Wisdom of Harry Potter: What Our Favorite Hero Teaches Us About Moral Choicesopens in new window, will be talking about your favorite subject.

Lawrence historian Edmund Kern, presents Imagination at Work: Harry Potter and Stoic Virtueopens in new window, Monday, Oct. 27 at 4:10 p.m. in Main Hall, Room 201. The event is free and open to the public.

Kern's address will examine how Rowling's creative blending of imaginative wit with serious contemplation of virtue offers readers the promise of triumph over evil and provides guidance on the importance of thoughtful attention to right and wrong. Kern argues in Rowling's updated version of Stoicism, Harry's resolve in the face of adversity is the result of conscious choice and attention to what is and is not within his control.

Kern is also a specialist on early modern European history as well as the history of witchcraft and religious culture.

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