Emily Strand, Mount Carmel College of Nursing

If you were fortunate enough to catch Professor Emily Strand's talk about the symbolism of Quidditch in the Harry Potter series at our 2017 festival, you'll be delighted to hear that she will return to the Star City on October 6. This time around, her talk with be "Dobby the Robot: How a Classic Science Fiction Trope Manifests in Harry Potter."

Emily Strand is author of the book "Mass 101: Liturgy and Life" (Liguori, 2013), serves as Master Catechist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, and teaches Comparative Religions at Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Her interest in Harry Potter stems from her more fundamental interest in the Christian mystery, its celebration in worship and its implications for Christian living. Emily is a Master’s student at the Mythgard Institute, where she was fortunate to take courses from Dr. Amy H. Sturgis on both Harry Potter and Science Fiction.