Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine

Illustration of an alchemy workshopJanuary 23 – March 4, 2017
Location: Crerar Library First Floor

The magic in J. K. Rowling’s series of Harry Potter novels is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.  This traveling exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine explores the intersection of these worlds, featuring highlights from the collections of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine.

Related Event: Lecture and Reception

February 22, 2017
4:00-5:30pm
Crerar Library – Zar Room
In celebration of Crerar Library’s exhibit Harry Potter’s World, Professor Ada Palmer will offer an overview of ideas about science and magic in 16th century Europe and give a show and tell of rare books from the period.
Reception to follow.
RSVP: 773-702-7569

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Barbara Kern at 773-702-8717 for assistance.

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