Lesson 24: 'Harry Potter and the Brotherly Love Cup'
Karen Wendling, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Chestnut Hill College with her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill, and Patrick McCauley, Chestnut Hill Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, PhD University of Iowa, taught the course ‘The Emergence of the Hero in the Epic Voyage’ as part of Chestnut Hill’s innovative Interdisciplinary Honors Program (IDHP). Harry Potter was not so much the subject of the class as it was the capstone – the glorious conclusion to a year of reading Plato, Aristotle, Shelley’s Frankenstein, Wells’ The Island of Dr Moreau, and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. In MuggleNet Academia episode 24, Keith and John ask our guest professors about this class, if Harry Potter worked as a foundational text for their Generation Hex students, and the remarkable consequences of the course in the Chestnut Hill community, both the college and the village. Without further ado, then, welcome to MuggleNet Academia, Professors Wendling and McCauley! Thank you for joining us tonight.