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Lawrence University Historian Examines Role of Stoic Virtue in Harry Potter Books

Best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s magical world of whiz kid Harry Potter and his adventurous confrontations with ethical dilemmas will be the focus of a Lawrence University Main Hall Forum.

Lawrence historian Edmund Kern, presents “Imagination at Work: Harry Potter and Stoic Virtue,” Monday, Oct. 27 at 4:10 p.m. in Main Hall, Room 201. The event is free and open to the public.

Kern¹s address will examine how Rowling’s creative blending of imaginative wit with serious contemplation of virtue offers readers the promise of triumph over evil and provides guidance on the importance of thoughtful attention to right and wrong. Kern argues in Rowling’s updated version of Stoicism, Harry’s resolve in the face of adversity is the result of conscious choice and attention to what is and is not within his control.

Kern, a specialist on early modern European history as well as the history of witchcraft and religious culture, is the author of the recently published book, “The Wisdom of Harry Potter: What Our Favorite Hero Teaches Us About Moral Choices.”