Press release by Holly Vincent, CSCC Marketing Dept.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. – In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, and a literary phenomenon was born. Now is your chance to be a part of that phenomenon at the Cleveland State Community College Library on Thursday, January 22 from 2-5 p.m.! CSCC is hosting the Harry Pottery Opening Bash in celebration of the Exhibition of Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine. The exhibition will run from January 19-February 28.
Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th and 16th century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice and the responsibility that comes with power.
“I am very excited that the library will be hosting this exhibit from the National Library of Medicine,” stated Librarian Andy Foskey. “This is a traveling exhibit that has been hosted at libraries and museums across the country, and I am very proud that our library is one of them! It combines academic areas on campus, such as Literature, Science, Nursing, and History. It will also be of interest to Harry Potter fans of all ages!”
Foskey said he wanted to find an exhibit the CSCC Library could host that would draw people in from around the community. “I searched around, and this one made sense. I applied for grant funds from the Cultural and Educational Enrichment Committee to get the exhibit here and simply wrote to the contact person at the National Library of Medicine to request a spot on their schedule.”
This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.
Foskey continued, “I am looking forward to our Opening Bash event, which will kick off the month-long exhibit at the CSCC Library. It should be a fun time for everyone. We will have Harry Potter–themed snacks, and everyone who attends will get sorted into one of the four houses of Hogwarts! We are encouraging everyone to have fun with the theme and dress up as their favorite character from the Harry Potter series. I can’t wait to see all of the costumes!”
This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. For more information on the Harry Potter Opening Bash at Cleveland State, contact Foskey at (423) 478-6209