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FAU Hosts ‘Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance, Science, Magic and Medicine,’ a Series of Exhibitions and Lectures
Presentations Focus on Science, Rare books from 1400 to 1750

WHAT:                 Florida Atlantic University Libraries
                             will host “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance,
                             Science, Magic and Medicine,” a traveling exhibition
                             from the  National Library of Medicine, National
                             Institutes of Health; a rare  books exhibition from
                             the library’s Special Collections; and  three scholarly 
                             lectures by university faculty and a presentation by
                             a modern artist/alchemist.

               Exhibition runs from Monday, March 22 through
                             Friday, April 30 

WHERE:            Wimberly Library
                             Lobby and fifth floor

                             777 Glades Road  

                             FAU Boca Raton campus

                 Exhibition and lectures are free and open to the public

        To arrange a group tour or for more information,
                             contact Ellen Randolph, rare books librarian, at
                             561-297-3594 or, or visit


               “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance, Science, Magic and Medicine,”a series of exhibitions and lectures, will examine the early development of experimental science and the movement from traditional interpretation to rational observation. British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter in 1997 and a literary phenomenon was born. Although a fantasy story, the Harry Potter books are partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy.

The exhibition can be viewed during library hours, which can be found at or by calling 561-297-3770. The rare books exhibition can be viewed Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.. The lectures will be on Tuesday, March 23, Thursday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 14 at 2 p.m.; and on Friday, April 16 at 7 p.m.. 


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit .

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