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Chestnut Hill to Host Fourth Annual Harry Potter Conference

Chestnut Hill to Host Fourth Annual Harry Potter Conference

Chestnut Hill College will host its Fourth Annual Harry Potter Conference on October 16, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The Harry Potter Conference is an annual, interdisciplinary academic conference held at Chestnut Hill College that provides a forum for scholarly presentations arising out of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

This year, the College will be welcoming three plenary speakers. Loris Vezzali, professor at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia will join the conference via Skype. He has contributed to “The Greatest Magic of Harry Potter: Reducing Prejudice” in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology (2015). The College will also welcome Karin Westman, associate professor of English at Kansas State University. Westman will share her publication: “Blending Genres and Crossing Audiences: Harry Potter and the Future of Literary Fiction.” The final plenary speaker will be Maria Tatar Ph.D., the John Loeb professor of Germanic languages and literatures, and chair of the Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University.

In addition to the lectures, Chestnut Hill College will offer two $10,000 scholarships and one $15,000 scholarship to the students who submit winning essays to the 2015 Harry Potter Conference High School Student Section. The scholarship is applicable to Chestnut Hill College School of Undergraduate Studies and will be awarded each year for four years of full-time enrollment. The award is contingent upon the student’s application and acceptance to Chestnut Hill College.

The deadline for high school essays is October 9. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Visit for more information.

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