09 April 2008

harry potter & philosophy

As you may recall, this term I'm teaching a course entitled "Harry Potter & Philosophy" - and it seems to be going well. The students have engaged in several lively and thoughtful debates and their first set papers were really very good and insightful. I look forward to seeing their final papers in a few weeks.

For tonight's class we have a guest: Travis Prinzi of the Hogshead blog and pubcast as well as a being a contributor to the Boars Head Tavern. He'll be speaking on issues of race, class, and gender within the Harry Potter series. Tomorrow Travis will also give a talk on "Wizards at War: Harry Potter as a Commentary on Terrorism."

I've been enjoying this course a lot and hope to produce an article of my own out of it on issues of epistemology that are raised by the series.