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January Speaker Series: Harry Potter's World


Throughout the month of January, Galter Library is hosting a speaker series to accompany the NLM exhibition, Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, on display now in the library. Join us to hear Northwestern University faculty members from the Feinberg School of Medicine and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences share their expertise on history, literature, and medicine, and how they relate to the world of magic. Visit for updates on event times and locations. Light refreshments will be provided.


Illustration of an apothecary lesson. Hieronymus Brunschwig, Liber de Arte Distillandi de Compositis, 1512. Courtesy National Library of Medicine.

Tuesday, January 9 – 3:00-4:00pm

Herbology and Potions Primer: The Healing Magic of Herbs

Melinda Ring, MD, Rupa Mahadevan, MD, and Joshua Kaplan

Location: Wieboldt Hall, Room 109


Friday, January 12 – 12:00-1:00pm

From Hogwarts to Charlottesville: The Uses and Abuses of the Middle Ages

Katharine Breen, PhD

Location: McGaw Pavilion, Kellerman Classroom (Room 2-322)


Friday, January 19 – 12:00-1:00pm 

From Harry Potter's garden: Mandrakes, Monkshood, and more

Richard Miller, PhD

Location: McGaw Pavilion, Room 1-401


Tuesday, January 23 – 12:00-1:00pm

Magic in Medieval Fiction and Reality

Richard Kieckhefer, PhD

Location: Wieboldt Hall, Room 109


Thursday, January 25 – Canceled

Ricardo Rosenkranz, MD

Location: TBD


Questions? Contact Steph Thor at


This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Curated by Elizabeth J. Bland.

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Updated: January 22nd, 2018 09:23