Philosophy program launches new discussion series with Harry Potter talk.

You are cordially invited to the first event in a new series sponsored by the PUC Philosophy Program, Philosophy Matters.

This series will offer four presentations each academic year on matters of general philosophical interest united under a basic theme. We kick off our first year with talks on the theme of Popular Culture and Philosophy.

All talks are open to all members of the PUC community and the general public and are designed to be accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Title: “Harry Potter and the Muggle Malaise”
Speaker: Dr. John Rowan, Professor of Philosophy
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
Location: Gyte 240

Fans the world over have been enthralled by the wonders of the wizardry world created by author J.K. Rowling. In addition to its captivating plot, in-depth characters and fascinating magic, this is a world beset with discrimination and social injustices which in many ways mirror our own society: the wealthy Malfoys look down with disdain on the Weasleys; house elves are made to serve as slaves; and of course, muggles (not to mention “mudbloods”) are deemed by Voldemort and others to be “unfit” and are targeted in all kinds of ways.

This discussion will invite audience members to contribute observations about equality and inequality among various groups in Harry Potter’s world. We will use examples to identify parallels to injustices in our own society (such as racism, class warfare, xenophobia) and to consider possible causes of attitudes which contribute to the oppression of “others” in general.