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Using Pop Culture in Higher Education

On Wednesday, April 27, Jake Hamric, a History teacher at Pellissippi State Community College and a Ph.D. candidate in Modern German History at the University of Tennessee, will give a presentation entitled "Harry Potter, Higher Education, and Popular Culture." His talk will focus on the Harry Potter series as an example of how incorporating popular culture in the college classroom can be an effective teaching tool.

Hamric says students who are familiar with Harry Potter can readily apply themes in the novels to politics, morality, and power. In doing so, they engage more easily in interdisciplinary learning.

The event will be held in the Health Information Center Preston Medical Library conference room from 5-6 p.m. The presentation is being held in conjunction with the exhibit Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine on display through May 21 at the Health Information Center-Preston Medical Library.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. All events are free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available. For more information, contact Kelsey Leonard at 865-305-5707.

Posted April 26, 2016

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