Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Learner’s Journey: What Wizard Academies in Harry Potter and The Kingkiller Chronicle Can Teach Us About How Students Learn

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the primary setting for the first six books in J.K. Rowling's
Harry Potter series, inspires
The Learner's Journey: What Wizard Academies in Harry Potter and The Kingkiller
Chronicle Can Teach Us About How Students Learn.  The next session in the Professor's Corner literary series,
Learner's Journey is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the South Branch of the Denton Public
Library.
Mark your calendar.  The next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics, happens this Wednesday, February 12th.  All are invited.

SESSION TITLE
The Learner's Journey: What Wizard Academies in Harry Potter and The Kingkiller Chronicle Can Teach Us About How Students Learn

SESSION DESCRIPTION
Both J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) and Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle) are former English teachers with recent blockbuster fantasy series involving young wizards at schools of magic. Although Rowling and Rothfuss seem to idealize very different kinds of teachers and students, in both stories successful learning seems to follow the same pattern, one that echoes in some ways the famous “hero’s journey” described by Joseph Campbell.  Are there lessons we can learn from these schools of magic about how to educate the young?

DATE & LOCATION
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection.  MapQuest map and directions available here.)

COST
This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

PRESENTER
Dr. Gray Scott
 is an Assistant Professor of English in the English, Speech, and Foreign Languages Department at Texas Woman’s University.  He is primarily interested in the teaching of writing,
but he takes occasional side-treks into authorship attribution, assessment, and science-fiction/fantasy literature.  He has presented previously at Professor's Corner.
RECOMMENDED BY THE PRESENTER
Reading the session handout in advance of the session is encouraged but not necessary.
Harry Potter (Wikipedia)
Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Wikipedia)
Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth (Wikipedia)

THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by having local English professors talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Gatherings are usually on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.  Monthly announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list, send a request by e-mail to Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library; Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com; 940-349-8752.

SERIES PRODUCER
Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University; SSouris@twu.edu; 940-898-2343

FUTURE SESSIONS OF PROFESSOR'S CORNER
March 12, 2014     
Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s short stories (Dr. Lei Zhang)
April 9, 2014    The workshop of the poet (Dr. Haj Ross)
May 14, 2014     Contemporary mythology and the frame-tale narrative (Dr. Gretchen Busl)
June 11, 2014     
Poems by Thomas Gray (Dr. Ashley Bender)
 
SUPPORTERS OF THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
Denton Public Library, Voertman's Bookstore, Recycled Books Records CDs, and Cooper’s Copies and Printing.  This program was also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please join us.


~Dr. Stephen Souris

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