Chestnut Hill College’s Annual Harry Potter Academic Conference will mark its tenth anniversary this year, taking place on Friday, October 15th and Saturday, October 16th.
The two-day festival will feature a series of LIVE discussions* with academic scholars on the topic of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World that will be screened in-person on the College’s campus and available virtually to accommodate guests from across the world.
This year’s conference will usher in the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the first movie in the film series.
The non-profit academic conference explores themes found throughout the internationally acclaimed series of books and movies.
More than 25 scholars, including several local professionals, will present on topics including, identity, cuisine, psychology, social media, and gender.
Speakers will participate in live Q&A discussions immediately after their presentations.
Fans of the series, celebrated academics, and muggles (non-Magical people) alike from across the globe take part in the conference event annually.
The Harry Potter Academic Conference was founded in 2012 by Chestnut Hill College faculty Patrick McCauley, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy, and Karen Wendling, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Center for Natural & Behavioral Sciences.
The two professors were inspired by the work of students who had participated in an interdisciplinary, honors undergraduate class that used the “Harry Potter” series as literary text throughout the course.
The 10th Annual Harry Potter Academic Conference will be held at Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, on Friday, October 15th from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, October 16th from 11:30 a.m.- 5:45 p.m.
*Please Note: All persons on campus, including conference attendees, must wear a face mask.
As an institute of higher education in Philadelphia, following guidance from the City of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill College mandates that students/staff/faculty working at the college be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Here is just one of the speakers at the conference in 2019.