Accio Internet Connection: The Granger Leadership Academy Goes Virtual for 2020
The Harry Potter Alliance’s popular conference, the Granger Leadership Academy, is going virtual this year. The three-day event is moving online in response to the current outbreak of COVID-19.
The Granger Leadership Academy brings organizers, academics, creators, and fans of the Potter series together to inspire activist leaders. This year’s conference was originally set to take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) hopes that the move online will mean that more people than ever will be able to attend this year for what it’s calling Camp GLA.
From July 17 to July 19, attendees will embark on an intensive weekend of activist training through workshops and keynote speakers, as well as community activities (such as pajama parties and s’mores around a virtual fire) and a wizard rock concert. Previous workshops have centered on feminism, bystander intervention training, and environmental racism, while previous keynote speakers have included Meghan Tonjes (YouTuber and body positivity advocate) and Mari Copeny (Little Miss Flint).
For 5 years, Granger Leadership Academy has been the premiere event where fans, creators, organizers, & academics come together to create a powerful force for good. Now, virtual #CampGLA comes live to your home, July 17-19! Get your ticket now: https://t.co/ehEAMfWCGf (1/4) pic.twitter.com/7FX7zbWT9z
— The Harry Potter Alliance (@TheHPAlliance) June 16, 2020
The Granger Leadership Academy brings together people of all ages from across fandom who want to be heroes in their own communities. Registration is available at three price points: $25, $50, and $75 per person. If the price of registration presents a financial barrier for any prospective attendees, the HPA has some scholarship opportunities available.
Each ticket for the Granger Leadership Academy includes the following:
- 20+ programs from fandom leaders, community organizers, academics, and creators
- A custom banquet recipe sent in advance so you can enjoy your own themed camp snacks
- Access to exclusive community gathering spaces and opportunities to meet other fan activists like you
- Community activities like pajama parties and s’mores around the virtual fire
- Downloads of workbooks and printable conference accessories
- Wrock concert featuring Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, the Lovegoods, and Ludo Bagman and the Trash and a Community Mic Night presented by Wizards in Space
It has never been more important for Potter fans to come together to create a force for good. If you have ever wanted to attend a Granger Leadership Academy but location or distance meant you were unable to attend, then this is your year!
Head to the Granger 2020 website to find out more about this year’s conference and the wider Granger 2020 campaign.
This is the first time the HPA will be holding this conference online. Will you be attending?