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July 15-18, 2010
Orlando, Florida

Everything I Know about Teaching I Learned From a Werewolf: The Hogwarts Professors
Melissa D. Aaron

Come talk about your favorite Hogwarts Professor.  If you’re an educator, do you model yourself on one of the Hogwarts Professors?  Do you try to avoid being like another?  If you’re a student, would you want to be in Snape’s Potions class because he’s rigorous, in Lupin’s DADA class because he’s encouraging—or do you just want Slughorn as a reference? Are there characters you like but wouldn’t want to be taught by—and vice versa?

This roundtable will give an opportunity to talk about the ways in which fandom intersects our identities as teachers and students. If you feel like a Gryffindor, teach like a Ravenclaw, and think like a Slytherin, this is the place to say so.

Melissa D. Aaron is a Professor in the Dept. of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona. She received her Ph.D from UW-Madison in Renaissance Dramatic Literature. Her book Global Economics: An institutional economic history of the Chamberlain's/King's Men and their plays, 1599- 1642, was published by University of Delaware Press in 2005. Her research is on Shakespeare and economics and all-women Shakespeare companies. In the Harry Potter world, Professor Aaron has developed a specialty in werewolves, as "Moonyprof." She represented Professor Lupin at the Hogwart's Best: Teacher of the Year panel at Lumos in 2006 and has presented papers on Lupin and werewolves: "Said He Was a Wolf: Professor Lupin meets the Duchess of Malfi," The Witching Hour, 2005; "The Way of the Wolf: Werewolves, (Mis)Representation, and Mental Illness" Prophecy, 2007; and "New Moon, Full Moon, Wolfsbane Potion and Fursploding Boys: werewolves in the Harry Potter books and the Twilight saga," Azkatraz, 2009.
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