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Friday, August 1 • 5:00pm - 5:40pm
Redefining Humanity Through Wizards, Time Lords, and Zombies

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In the modern era, humanity is constantly discovering new ways to enhance and extend the human life in manners never before dreamed possible. Stories such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and The Walking Dead have captured their audiences by forcing them to question what it means to be human. What is Voldemort’s most inhuman characteristic? How does the Wizarding World define “human”? What did the Last Human teach Rose about inhumanity? What makes the Doctor so definitively nonhuman? How do Rick and his companions navigate a changing definition of humanity during a zombie apocalypse? These are the focal points for this investigation into the very essence of humankind.


Carol Eshleman

Archbishop Rummel High School
Past Speaking includes: on Potter - Ascendio, St. Andrews University in Scotland, University of North Alabama, UNC Charlotte; on Chaucer - UNC Chapel Hill. Has had guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog. Received Master's Degree in English with concentrations in Teaching and British Literature with a reading ability in Latin from the University of New Orleans. Lives in New Orleans with her husband Roch, her children Vito and Lizzie, and her... Read More →

Friday August 1, 2014 5:00pm - 5:40pm