Harry Potter Fandom
I am involved in the Harry Potter fandom in a number of ways.
The Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College
I have presented papers at the Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College for the past three years. In 2018, I kicked off the conference’s first-ever all-Quidditch section with my paper “Oh, don't start acting as though you understand Quidditch”: From the open to the close, how the wizarding sport people love to hate is quite possibly the most important symbol in the HP series. The topics of my previous papers can be found on my events page.
The Harry Potter Alliance
I am what is known as a "wizard activist" - I use the power of positive fandom and elements from our favorite stories to inform my social justice work with the Harry Potter Alliance, a social justice organization that uses the power of positive fandom to enact social change. I am the former chapter organizer and now a member of the NYDA, New York City’s community chapter of the HPA. We register voters, host fundraisers and book drives, and partner with local community organizations for events and action.
The Granger Leadership Academy
I present at the Harry Potter Alliance’s Granger Leadership Academy each year. In 2019 I will be presenting two workshops entitled Don't Let Time Make a Fool of You! How to Manage, Reclaim, and Make the Most of Your Time and Expelliarmus: Identifying, Disarming, and Defeating Impostor Syndrome. The topics of my previous papers can be found on my events page.