EVENT: Midterms voter registration drive

Usually when we talk about preparing for midterms, we share tips for searching databases, citing sources, or securing group study space. We’ll definitely get to that later, but there’s another set of midterms we want to make sure you’re ready for, too: the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Midterm elections don’t always get as much press as presidential election years, and voter turnout is usually lower. But all elections have consequences, and midterms are especially important when it comes to local impact. Between the House, the Senate and governor races across the country, voters have the opportunity to decide the fate of over 500 elected officials. In Georgia, all 10 executive offices (Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, etc.) are on the ballot. Georgia voters will also select their representatives to the U.S. House and vote on various measures. Lastly, there are a number of county and local office on ballots across the state.

And that’s why we want to help you help your state. Midterm elections take place on November 6, 2018, and the last day to register is October 9th. To make sure we are all ready, the Library is partnering with the Political Science program to participate in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25, from 9am – 4pm, in the Library and Clayton Hall lobbies.

Image: Circular logo with text National Voter Registration Day and stars with outline of United States in center. Text: Midterms on My Terms. Register to vote. Tuesday, September 25, 9am - 4pm, Library Lobby (Upper Level, courtyard entrance), Clayton Hall Student Lobby, ErinNagel@clayton.edu

First started for the 2012 presidential election, National Voter Registration Day has become a 50-state holiday where thousands of organizations and volunteers organize to ensure our family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote. As a nonpartisan coalition of organizations, National Voter Registration Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved no matter what party you support or which issues matter most to you.

Want to get involved? RSVP for National Voter Registration Day. Volunteer opportunities are available. Contact ErinNagel@clayton.edu with questions.

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UPDATE: Library reopens Sunday, 8/19

We have excellent news! The HVAC renovation has been progressing smoothly, and we are on schedule to open as planned. In some ways we are even ahead of schedule. Keep reading for details.

All desktop computers are installed, and our SmartPrint printers are working. Our photocopiers are not back yet, but the document scanner is operational. The monitors in the group rooms are back on the walls, and the room reservation system is up and running. However, a few rooms (140, 212, and 230) are still unavailable.

When you visit us, please be mindful and aware that there may be exposed wires, debris, and perhaps even workers present. Also, we may continue to experience fluctuations in temperature, and there may be times when it is quite cold. We recommend coming prepared with extra layers you can add and remove as needed. Any interruption should be minimal, and we appreciate your patience. We are committed to providing you a welcoming environment conducive to study and research, and this project is part of that effort.

Reopening Schedule

Sunday, August 19

The Upper Level will be open 1pm – 10pm, but the Lower Level is still closed. If you need an item from the Circulating Collection, inquire at the information desk or submit a request online.

Monday, August 20

The Upper Level will be open 8am – 10pm and the Lower Level will open from 1pm – 10pm.

Tuesday, August 21

Regular semester hours resume.

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 10pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm (Upper Level only)
Sunday: 1pm – 10pm

As always, our electronic resources are available 24 hours a day from our website. Please reach out to us at library@clayton.libanswers.com with any questions or concerns.

 

Fall semester renovation UPDATE

The official start of Fall 2018 semester is just days away. It’s time, then, for an update on the library’s HVAC renovation.

(If this is all news to you, catch up on the renovation history here.)

We will be moving out of our temporary home in Arts & Sciences G-101 soon, but the library building will still be inaccessible. We know that this may cause extra inconvenience during the start of the semester, but we, as always, are committed to providing excellent service and keeping you informed. Read below for how to access the library from now through Fall semester.

Please be aware that the information below may change due to unexpected delays. Please return to the blog or follow us on Twitter for the latest status updates.

Today, Thursday, August 9

Find us in Arts & Sciences, G-101. Pickup and return GIL Express, InterLibrary Loan and Clayton State owned items here. Limited laptop computers are available for use in G-101 or for 6-hour loan. You may send documents to SmartPrint from our laptops. Pick up your print jobs at one of the many other SmartPrint locations. Get help in G-101, by phone (678-466-4345), email, or chat.

Friday  August 10

We will be relocating equipment and resources from our temporary locations back to the Library building. Reference phones, email, and chat will not be monitored regularly. Please direct urgent library questions to Adam Kubik (678-466-4337). You may also reach out to specific library employees who may be monitoring their individual lines of communication. Item pickup and return is unavailable.

Monday – Tuesday, August 13-14

The library building is still closed. Reference phones, email, and chat will not be monitored regularly. Laptops, equipment, and reference support will be available from 9am – 4pm Monday on Main Street and Tuesday on the lower level University Center near the Information Desk and Dining Hall.

Wednesday – Friday, August 15 – 17

The library building is still closed, but reference support is available via phone (678-466-4346), email, and chat. Course reserves, laptops, and in-person reference support will be available Main Street from 1pm – 4pm on Wednesday and from 9am – 4pm Thursday and Friday.

beginning Sunday, August 19

Library Upper Level will open to the public with full reference support and limited computer access. Lower Level will still be off limits. Submit circulating item requests online. Pick up and return GIL Express and InterLibrary loan items at the Upper Level Information Desk. Group room access may be limited. Continue to pick up your print jobs at other SmartPrint locations until further notice.

Fall semester hours are Monday – Thursday, 8am – 10pm, Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 1pm – 10pm.

NOTE: In order to complete testing of the HVAC system, it will be necessary for the temperature in the library to be kept at 55 degrees. Please dress accordingly.

Upcoming Library Events

UPDATE: Due to complications the Minute Clinics have been postponed until later in the semester.

  • Wednesday, August 15 – Department Day, 11am –  1pm, UC Main Street
  • Thursday, August 16 – Minute Clinics – 11am – noon, 3pm – 4pm, UC Lobby near Information Desk
  • Tuesday, August 21- Minute Clinics – 11am – noon, 3pm – 4pm, UC Lobby near Information Desk
  • Wednesday, August 22- Minute Clinics – 11am – noon, 3pm – 4pm, UC Lobby near Information Desk

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to provide a more welcoming and comfortable environment for all of your library needs. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Be a library rock star! Apply today

Are you a problem solver? Do you enjoy helping others reach their goals? Are you a quick learner, comfortable with new technology? Then the library might have a job for you.

Four rocks holding hands. Do you rock? Come join our team

We are looking for some stellar student assistants to work in the library during Fall 2018.

Responsibilities

General duties will include answering basic library questions, greeting patrons in person and over the phone, assisting with library equipment, checking in and out library materials, and maintaining order of library collections on the shelf. In addition, student assistants may monitor the online chat service, provide basic reference and technology assistance, and assist with closing the library. Specific duties will vary depending upon which floor assistants are assigned to work, but students will receive training for all tasks.

Requirements

The right candidates will demonstrate a commitment to customer service, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Dependability and flexibility are also required. Candidates should also demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills and have some computer experience. The library uses an Integrated Library System, so the ability to learn new technology is required.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester. Student assistants may work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week. Assigned weekly hours will vary depending on student availability and library coverage needs. Most student assistants work between 12-15 hours per week.

This could be you!

How to apply

If this sounds right for you, please download, complete, and submit the Library Student Assistant application to: LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu.

Please direct all questions to LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu

We want you! Come join our team

Are you a problem solver? Do you enjoy helping others reach their goals? Are you a quick learner, comfortable with new technology? Then the library might have a job for you.

We are looking for some stellar student assistants to work the service counters on the Upper Level of the library during Spring 2018.

Responsibilities

We need more smiling faces at the Ref Desk

General duties will include answering basic library questions, greeting patrons in person and over the phone, assisting with library equipment, checking in and out library materials, and maintaining order of library collections on the shelf. In addition, student assistants at the Upper Level Reference Desk will monitor the online chat service, provide basic reference and technology assistance, and assist with closing the library. All student assistants will be cross-trained to perform desk duties on the both levels of the Library for when back up is needed.

 

Requirements

The right candidates will demonstrate a commitment to customer service, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Dependability and flexibility are also required. Candidates for the Upper Level Reference Desk position should also demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills and have some computer experience. Both positions require the use an Integrated Library System, so the ability to learn new technology is required.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2018 semesters. Student assistants may work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week. Assigned weekly hours will vary depending on student availability and library coverage needs. Most student assistants work between 12-15 hours per week.

We are looking to fill the following shifts (marked ♥):

Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

If this sounds like you and you are available to work during the available time slots, please download, complete, and submit the Library Student Assistant application to: LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu.

Please direct all questions to LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu

WWI & America – Veterans Panel discussion

Are there legitimate political and moral limits to wartime dissent in a democratic society? How much has changed since World War I in the roles that women play during times of national conflict?

Join us Wednesday, October 25th as we explore these topics and more during our second discussion event in the WWI and America programming series. WWI and America is a two-year initiative coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917. The project is sponsored by Library of America with generous financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The purpose of WWI and America is to provide scholar-moderated opportunities for those who served in more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to bring their experiences to bear on historical events and texts and to illuminate for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similarities and differences between past and present.

The first of these opportunities took place Thursday, September 28. Attendees heard from three veterans who shared how their experiences compared and contrasted with those who experienced World War One. On Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30pm in the Harry S. Downs Center for Education, room 101, we bring together another group of veterans and scholars to explore the themes of “The Home Front” and “American Women at War”. Discussions will be sparked by selected readings from the WWI & America project reader.The grant also includes a copy of World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, a collection of writings and speeches by soldiers, nurses, activists, and others who experienced the War. This resource is available in the Clayton State Library at the Circulation & Reserves Desk on the lower level and online. Discussion event attendees are encouraged to read the themed selections prior to the event. Find the selected readings on the event website.

All WWI & America programming offered by the Clayton State Library is free and open to the public. Veterans and non-veterans alike are welcome to attend. Faculty are encouraged to offer credit for attendance or related special assignments. The library will feature resources to supplement student research into the topics covered during the events.

For more information about these events and to stay up to date with future WWI & America programming, please visit http://clayton.libguides.com/wwiamerica or contact Erin Nagel at (678) 466-4330 or ErinNagel@clayton.edu.

This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit http://wwiamerica.org.

WWI & America – Veterans Panel discussion

We are pleased to announce that the Library has received a grant to participate in programming in support of WWI and America, a two-year initiative coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917. The project is sponsored by Library of America with generous financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The purpose of WWI and America is to provide scholar-moderated opportunities for those who served in more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to bring their experiences to bear on historical events and texts and to illuminate for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similarities and differences between past and present.

The first of these opportunities takes place Thursday, September 28 at 6:30pm in the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education, room 101. (Building 11 on this map.) Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and engage in a facilitated discussion with a panel of veterans. The selected themes for Thursday’s event are “Why Fight?,” “Race and WWI,” and “America on the World Stage.” Selected readings for each theme are available on the event website. The grant also includes a copy of World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, a collection of writings and speeches by soldiers, nurses, activists, and others who experienced the War. This resource is available in the Clayton State Library at the Circulation & Reserves Desk on the lower level and online. Discussion event attendees are encouraged to read the themed selections prior to the event.

“We are pleased to receive this grant from Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide programming around these historical sources. We hope participants will be inspired to further explore the impact of war on America throughout history, the present, and into the future,” said Gordon Baker, Dean of Libraries.

All WWI & America programming offered by the Clayton State Library is free and open to the public. Veterans and non-veterans alike are welcome to attend. Faculty are encouraged to offer credit for attendance or related special assignments. The library will feature resources to supplement student research into the topics covered during the events.

For more information about these events and to stay up to date with future WWI & America programming, please visit http://clayton.libguides.com/wwiamerica or contact Erin Nagel at (678) 466-4330 or ErinNagel@clayton.edu.

This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit http://wwiamerica.org.

Guest Post: Harry Potter Brings Magic to Clayton State with the “Potter Talks” Series


The following article was written by Dianne Hill, Jordan Knight, Bre’auca Thompson, Keondra Walters, and Evelyn Tran, students in Dr. Margaret Fletcher’s ENGL 1102 Spring 2017 classes as part of the library’s partnership with the university’s PACE initiative. In addition to this article, the students created a series of research guides to accompany the Harry Potter’s World exhibit. Find more information about the Harry Potter’s World exhibit and the PACE initiative following this article.


Harry Potter’s visit to Clayton State brought out students who have been reading the series since middle school as well as professors who also enjoy and search beneath the surface of the complex fantasy series.   The exhibition which was brought by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health was sponsored by the Clayton State Library under the leadership of Erin Nagel, Assessment & Marketing Librarian. The exhibit invited students and professors as well as the general public to join in exploring Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.  One important part of the program was the “Potter Talks” series, in which Clayton State professors and their kin led us deeper into the realms of magic and meaning that inspire Potter fans. Those of us who attended the talks learned that Potter’s world is fun and intriguing, but it is also extremely complex.

Valuable vs. Priceless; The Invisibility Cloak; blank slide

Real picture of an invisibility cloak, from Dr. Pratt-Russell’s talk

The first speaker was Dr. Kathryn Pratt Russell, a professor in the English Department, who spoke on the convergence of Renaissance and contemporary monetary policy in the world of Harry Potter.  In an interview, Dr. Pratt Russell stated that she usually writes on British Romantic literature, mentioning in particular the work of Walter Scott, a British novelist whose work was often concerned with how regular people survived the harsh world of 18th and 19th century British economy.  She pursued the topic of money in Harry Potter’s world because of her interest in how Harry appears to be much more financially privileged that many of his friends.  She also felt that a focus on money would expand the interests covered in the exhibit.  In explaining her research methods, she talked about how she looked up every source dealing with Harry Potter and money.  Although she already had ideas of what she wanted to talk about, she explained that academic writers do extensive research to avoid plagiarism that can occur even though the writer hasn’t seen someone else’s work.  She stated that if someone else had already written on the ideas she had in mind, she wanted to be sure to give them credit.

Dr. Pratt Russell said that she felt the Potter books are mainly for children and teenagers; however, because author J. K. Rowling is so knowledgeable about general folklore and British and Irish legends, the books are educational.  She explained that she saw many influences from periods other than the Renaissance.  The book she found most interesting was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and her favorite movie in the series was the Prisoner of Azhabn, which showed a shift in tone from the other films.  Dr. Pratt Russell concluded her interview by saying that one of the best things for people to take away from the exhibit was the fun of studying history.  Many people will leave the exhibit motivated to learn more about history and to expand their reading both in the fantasy genre and perhaps other areas of British literature also.

Your Potion Mistresses; Antoinette with cartoon image; Mary with cartoon image

Artist rendering of presenters Antoinette and Mary Miller

The series’ second speaker, Dr. Antoinette Miller, psychology professor at Clayton State, demonstrated the multi-generational interest in Harry Potter by bringing her teen-aged daughter Mary with her as a co-presenter.  The topic of their talk was potions and their links to various psychological phenomena.  The mother-daughter duo shared information about a number of potions including the “Amortentia” or love potion; the “Drink of Despair” which includes fear, delirium, and extreme thirst; and the “Felix Felicis,” also known as liquid luck. All potions can bring disaster or bad luck if used incorrectly.  In the world of psychology, Dr. Miller and “Mistress” Mary related these potions and the need for them to humanistic explanations of psychological disorders and self-actualization undermined by unhappy relationships and unfulfilling jobs.

In an interview, Dr. Miller said that one of the most interesting aspects of the study of potions is Wolfsbane which helps in inpulse control when given to a character like Lupin, a werewolf, for  control of his wolf side so that he wouldn’t try to kill people when he was transformed.  She also enjoyed the idea of the placebo effect taking place when Ron imagined that he mistakenly believed a drug had made him more relaxed.  Even though potions are magical in Harry Potter’s world, they bear a resemblance to the real world of psychological needs and cures.

Image of Professor Seth Shaw presenting in front of screen

Professor Shaw talks about Immortality and Memory in Harry Potter’s World

Professor Seth Shaw of the Archival Studies Department discussed “Immortality through Memory.”  He explained that maintaining archives is all about acquiring and preserving records in perpetuity which is a type of immortality.  A major theme in Harry Potter is the quest for immortality, which Professor Shaw compared to using records to create memories that will endure, which is the purpose of an archive.  Our physical bodies are not immortal, but what can endure is the record of what we do and the things we think.   Records are really the closest that we will get to immortality, barring spiritual notions and beliefs in immortality. Based on what we can see and understand in the physical world and the academy, memory is the closest that we can come to physical immortality.  A huge plot point for the Harry Potter series revolves around Voldemort and his attempt for immortality through the horcruxes.  In an interview, Professor Shaw explained that in terms of research, he watched Dr. Kathryn Pratt Russell’s presentation, and talked with her about some of her resources.  She mentioned a book of academic writing on the topic of philosophy in Harry Potter, which she lent him.  He found the book invaluable to his presentation on immortality; also, he gave his interviewers an important lesson on how scholars work together and learn from each other when researching ideas.

In terms of the overall series and J. K. Rowling’s artistic success, Professor Shaw noted that “you can see the progression and complexity that develops in her ability to discuss very complex topics that arose as the Harry Potter series went on.”   He felt that her knowledge of various myths and legends as well as magical practices of old definitely comes through in the series.  He stated that “you can tell as you read her material the things that are consistent with theory and philosophy and previous modes of thought and that she must have been well read in those areas” based on the progress she makes as the series develops.

Image of Dr. Furlong in costume presenting in front of screen

Professor McGonagall (AKA Dr. Furlong) talks about genetics in the wizarding world

The fourth and final speaker in the series was Dr. Michelle Furlong, professor of science.  The title of her presentation was “The Mendelian Genetics of Wizards.”  She defined scientific terms such as phenotype, genotype and alleles, and used interactive techniques to get her audience involved.  In terms of Harry Potter’s world, there are squibs, which are nonmagical children born to magical parents; there are magical children born to or raised by Muggles (nonmagical people).  Hermoine is an example of a magical child born to Muggles, and Harry is a magical child raised by Muggles.  Dr. Furlong explained how environment plays a part in magical development.  Although Harry had magical genes, his magical powers didn’t truly develop until he began school at Hogwarts.  Children born in the same family, such as the Dursley children may have varying degrees of magical power; for examples, Ron’s powers were weak while Ginnie’s were strong.  Dr. Furlong noted that this was an example of incomplete dominance.  Although the magical gene is recessive but usually strong in the offspring of two magical parents, traits can blend so that children in the same family may have differences in magical abilities.

Dr. Furlong explained that evolution and mutations can play a part in the strength of magical traits.  She also explained the existence of regulatory genes that can turn traits on and off.  She concluded her presentation with an explanation of magic that delighted her audience who had been working hard to understand how mutation changes can create the ability to talk to snakes. Most people, and certainly most readers of Happy Potter, believe themselves to be common Muggles.  Actually though, because the magic gene is recessive and because the regulatory gene is recessive, we may not develop magical powers, but the magic, and the potential for magic, exists in all of us. Thus her audience left the final presentation feeling that they too had some connection to the incredible magical universe of Harry Potter and the use of magic to make positive changes in the world.

Writers:  Dianne Hill, Jordan Knight, Bre’auca Thompson Keondra Walters, Evelyn Tran


The Clayton State Library hosted the Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine traveling exhibition in March and April 2017.

Clayton State Library exhibit announcement
Clayton State Library exhibit website
ENGL 1102 PACE students’ research guides (pathfinders)
Potter Talk recordings
National Library of Medicine exhibit website

The Clayton State University PACE initiative, Partnering Academics and Community Engagement, focuses on student engagement through community projects that enhance learning. This Plan is aligned with our institutional Mission of cultivating an “…environment of engaged, experienced-based learning, enriched by active community service, that prepares students of diverse ages and backgrounds to succeed in their lives and careers” and Strategic Plan emphasis on providing students with an “engaged, experienced-based learning, enriched by active community service.”

Wanna be a star? Come join our team

Are you a problem solver? Do you enjoy helping others reach their goals? Are you a quick learner, comfortable with new technology? Then the library might have a job for you.

We are looking for some stellar student assistants to work the service counters on both Upper and Lower Levels of the library.

Responsibilities

We need more smiling faces at the Ref Desk

General duties will include answering basic library questions, greeting patrons in person and over the phone, assisting with library equipment, checking in and out library materials, and maintaining order of library collections on the shelf. Specific duties will vary depending on the service counter.

Student assistants at the Lower Level Circulation Desk will shelve and shift items in the circulating collections and assist in opening and closing the library. At the Upper Level Reference Desk, student assistants will monitor the online chat service, provide basic reference and technology assistance, and assist with closing the library. All student assistants will be cross-trained to perform desk duties on the both levels of the Library for when back up is needed.

Requirements

The right candidates will demonstrate a commitment to customer service, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Dependability and flexibility are also required. Candidates for the Upper Level Reference Desk position should also demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills and have some computer experience. Both positions require the use an Integrated Library System, so the ability to learn new technology is required.

Qualifications

Kara needs some help at the Circ Desk

To qualify, you must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing. We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters. Student assistants may work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week. Assigned weekly hours will vary depending on student availability and library coverage needs. Most student assistants work between 12-15 hours per week.

Typical shifts are 3-5 hours long. Semester hours are below:

Summer Fall
Mon – Thurs 8am – 9pm 8am – 10pm
Fri 8am – 6pm 8am – 6pm
Sat CLOSED 9am – 6pm
Sun 12pm – 9pm 1pm – 10pm

If this sounds like you and you are available to work during the available time slots, please download, complete, and submit the Library Student Assistant application to: LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu.

Please direct all questions to LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu

New exhibit: Harry Potter’s World

Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

It’s here! It’s here! The Hogwarts Express has arrived. Hop on Platform 9 3/4 and take a ride to Harry Potter’s World.

For the next six weeks, the library is hosting a special exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine.

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, 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.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine is on display in the University Archives within the Clayton State Library until April 28th. In conjunction with this exhibit, the library will host a celebration with games, prizes, and refreshments, as well as a series of faculty lectures.

Six banner traveling exhibition of Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine on display at the National Library of Medicine

Six banner traveling exhibition of Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine on display at the National Library of Medicine

March 20th – April 28th – Exhibit available in the University Archives

March 23rdOpening celebration 1pm – 3pm Upper Level Library

Faculty Lectures in Library room L200:

  • Tuesday, March 28 11:00 am –Kathryn Pratt Russell – Convergence of Renaissance and contemporary money in the Harry Potter World.
  • Wednesday, April 5 12:00 pm – Antoinette Miller – Interactive presentation exploring the context and information on various potions their links to various psychological phenomena.
  • Thursday, April 13 12:00 pm – Seth Shaw & Josh Kitchens – Immortality through memory and an exploration of magical and muggle attempts to preserve memory
  • Monday, April 17 1:00 pm – Michelle Furlong – Mendelian genetics of wizards

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

For more information, visit http://clayton.libguides.com/HarryPottersWorld or contact Erin Nagel, 678-466-4330.