New Exhibit Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine on Display

The Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce the opening of the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicinewhich will be on display around campus until November 6th, 2014.

September 29th – October 12th: Basic Sciences Building Lobby
October 13th – October 26th: Medical Education Center Lobby
October 27th – November 6th: Skyline Lobby

See the exhibit flyer here.

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“IN 1997, BRITISH AUTHOR J. K. ROWLING INTRODUCED THE WORLD TO HARRY POTTER AND A LITERARY PHENOMENON WAS BORN. 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. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.”

The exhibition will first be located in the Basic Sciences Building on the New York Medical College campus, at 15 Dana Road, Valhalla, NY. The exhibit is free and open to the public, with public viewing hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am-5pm.  Arrangements for other viewing times may be made upon request by calling the library at (914) 594 – 4200.  Members of the general public may park in the Basic Sciences Building parking lot, by calling campus security from the intercom at the parking lot gate. Enter the lot from Dana Road, and proceed to the Security Office to obtain a visitor pass. View a map of the NYMC campus, here.

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