Kathleen Chamberlain, Emory & Henry College

Dr. Kathleen Chamberlain will give a talk on Harry Potter and the school story tradition on festival day. Dr. Chamberlain has taught English and Women's/Gender Studies at Emory & Henry College since 1989. At E&H, she offers a junior-level course called "Harry Potter in Context" that explores the series through historical, cultural, and theoretical lenses. The class includes an annual Halloween Feast for which students dress as their favorite characters and enjoy Potter-related videos. A long-time scholar of girls' series fiction (Nancy Drew, etc.) and school stories, Dr. Chamberlain has also presented academic papers on gender and queerness in Harry Potter.