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).

 

 

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?

Press Release

GRANGER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY GOES VIRTUAL

Registration for the first online version of the Granger Leadership Academy Conference is now available.

[The] Granger Leadership Academy (GLA) is headed online this summer July 17th-19th. This event will be the first online version of the conference as a response to COVID-19. This is the sixth conference for the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA). This is a gathering of fans, creators, organizers, and academics of all ages to come together and collaborate to create a powerful force for good. The goal of the conference is to inspire and train activist leaders and includes leadership training, keynote speakers, guest presentations, and a wizard rock concert.

The Granger Leadership Academy is hosted by the Harry Potter Alliance, the world leader in fan activism. GLA is founded on the belief that pop culture can change the world and that the stories we love bring us together, but the story of our world is up to us. The conference provides a space for new and experienced leaders to come together for an intensive weekend of activist training. Attendees are assembled into teams to learn to utilize and strengthen their skills and experiences in activism. This year, since the conference is online, the HPA hopes to bring in more attendees from all around the world.

Workshop topics have previously included feminism, environmental racism, research skills, bystander intervention training, volunteer management, and developing an elevator pitch. Past keynote speakers have included YouTuber and body positivity advocate Meghan Tonjes; Mari Copeny (aka Little Miss Flint), an 11-year[-]old activist fighting for the children of Flint, Michigan; creator of [t]he Brain Scoop Emily Graslie; and Native scholar Dr. Adrienne Keene.

Tickets for GLA Include:

  • 20+ programs from fandom leaders, community organizers, academics, and creators
  • Wrock concert featuring Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, [t]he Lovegoods, and Ludo Bagman and the Trash and a Community Mic Night presented by Wizards in Space
  • Community activities like pajama parties and s'mores around the virtual fire
  • 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
  • Downloads of workbooks and printable conference accessories

The GLA is an all-ages conference. Anyone who wants to become a hero in their community is welcome to attend. Registered attendees range from grade[-]schoolers to retired witches and wizards. Registration is available now at bit.ly/campgla ranging from $25 [to] $75 a person.

Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!