From September 26 to November 5, 2016 the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit will be on display at the Madisonville Library, 1123 Main Street. Dr. Bill Robison and Rebecca Rushing of Southeastern Louisiana University will present lectures coinciding with the exhibit during the month of October.
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. 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.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours - Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call the hosting library at 845-4819.