Leslie Bickford, Winthrop University

Dr. Leslie Walker Bickford of Winthrop University will present a talk on festival day entitled, "'Well, it changes every day, you see': Harry Potter, Donald Trump, and the Press in Politics." At Winthrop, Dr. Bickford is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. She regularly teaches a course entitled “The Literary Merits of Harry Potter,” which explores the series through the different lenses of gender, psychology, class, race, and reader response. Dr. Bickford is thrilled that her chair allowed her to design such a class and that her university pays her to teach it. She particularly enjoys her students' tradition of baking and sharing Potter-themed treats on House Presentation days in class. She has visited Universal Studios with her husband and two children and is currently seeking permission to take her class there on a field trip.