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2009 MARCH–APRIL No. 367
April 20, 2009 [posted]

Apply to Host Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine Exhibition

[Editor's Note: This is a reprint of a news announcement published on the American Library Association Web site.]

Public, academic (university, college and community college), and medical libraries can apply to host a new exhibit, "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine." Applications must be received by May 1. The exhibit is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine® (NLM® ).

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Using materials from the NLM History of Medicine collections, the exhibition explores Harry Potter's world, its roots in Renaissance science and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards in J.K. Rowling's books, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series. Exhibition panels feature the works of 15th- and 16th-century alchemists, naturalists and occultists, and explore the intersection between the Harry Potter novels and Renaissance thinkers, lore and practices.

Following the application process, twelve libraries will be selected to host the exhibition for a four-week display period between September 2009 and November 2010.

Apply to Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine Exhibition. NLM Tech Bull. 2009 Mar-Apr;(367):e18.

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