Chestnut Hill College to Host Harry Potter Conference

Release Date: Friday, October 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA- Chestnut Hill College will host an academic conference on “Harry Potter: Reflections on the Major Themes in J.K. Rowling's Literature" on Friday, October 26, from 3-5 p.m. in the Rotunda, St. Joseph Hall. 


The conference is an academic outlet for students, faculty and other scholars to present papers/research related to the “Harry Potter book series. This conference brings a scholarly component to the Harry Potter Weekend and the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup Tournament.


Presenters at the conference include Dustin Kidd, associate professor of sociology at Temple University, will discuss "The Medicalization of Magical Maladies: A Sociological Take on the World of Harry Potter,” Joseph Thompson, retired professor of political science at Villanova University, will present "Death Eaters and Northern Ireland,” and Peter Appelbaum, professor of education at Arcadia University, will speak on "Can Harry Potter Help us Understand Education as a Social Institution?"


Chestnut Hill faculty presenting include Patrick McCauley, assistant professor of religious studies & philosophy who will address "The Empowering Symbol of the Father in The Prisoner of Azkaban," and Karen Wendling, assistant professor of chemistry, will discuss "Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Secrets of Harry Potter.”

For information about presenting, please contact Karen Wendling, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry at or Patrick McCauley, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy at For more information on presenting or to register, please visit