Magic at Mortola

The Library is about to get legendary, as Pace faculty weigh in on Harry Potter’s world of renaissance, science, magic, and medicine, with a special appearance from the Pace owl, on September 19 in PLV.

In conjunction with the traveling exhibit Harry Potter’s World, on September 19 from 12:20 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., the Mortola Library on the PLV Campus will host a faculty talk on “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine.”

Dyson Professor of English Edna Lief, who currently teaches a course on world mythologies, will speak about Merlin and Mythology. Best remembered as the mysterious wizard in the Legend of King Arthur, Merlin is a well-known character of literature and film, including the animated Disney movie The Sword in the Stone.

James Eyring, assistant director of Pace’s Environmental Center, will appear with his owl, Oscar. Mostly nocturnal, owls are one of the world’s most intriguing creatures and are part of Pace’s Environmental Center, which houses Great-horned, Barred, and Screech owls in both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Light refreshments will be served.

SAVE THE DATE: October 3, 12:20 p.m., Mortola Library
Nancy Reagin, Pace Professor of History and author of the books Harry Potter and History and Twilight and History, will speak on the ways historical contexts, events, and persons are incorporated into the Harry Potter series.

For more information contact Douglas Heimbigner at