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Porshéa Patterson-Hurst


Research Team Lead
The Harry Potter Alliance
Participates in 5 items
Porshéa Patterson-Hurst is the public opinion research associate for The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab in New York. She consults with allies in the field to identify and obtain pertinent research needs in the areas of immigration, criminal legal reform, and poverty. She also volunteers as the Research Team Lead for the Harry Potter Alliance, co-hosts the Castle Black podcast on the Loudspeakers Network, and is a frequent contributor to Black Girls Create. Follow her on Twitter @Porshea_obvi.

Sessions in which Porshéa Patterson-Hurst participates

Friday 9 August, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
11:30 AM
11:30 AM CDT - 12:30 PM CDT | 1 hour
The Wider Wizarding World

The Ministry of Magic is often vilified, and rightfully so. Yet, many of their services have the potential to make life in the Wizarding World better, especially at Hogwarts. While a Hogwarts High Inquisitor is an overreach of power, the school sorely needs a teacher certification process and strict requirements for those managing students' care (instead of leaving it to their swayable board of governors and inept magical governing body.) This session will consider the ways in which governmen...

12:45 PM
12:45 PM CDT - 1:45 PM CDT | 1 hour
Character Study

Viktor Krum — international Quidditch sensation, brooding teenager, and also The Best Guy. We’ll discuss our favorite under-appreciated Bulgarian, one of the most interesting, but least discussed characters in the series. He has a level head on his shoulders despite the fame, but never gets the respect he deserves. And, in a perfect world, should he and Hermione Granger have had their happily ever after?

3:15 PM
3:15 PM CDT - 4:15 PM CDT | 1 hour
Constant Vigilance

Heroines of Harry Potter are often presented as and praised for not being classically feminine, while "feminine" characters are seen as inherently flawed. This is often lauded within fandom, touted as good examples for girls growing up reading these stories. In this panel, we'll discuss how Rowling presents feminine characters like Cho, Fleur, and Lavender, the sexist implications of their portrayals, and the negative effects on fandom.

Saturday 10 August, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
2:00 PM
2:00 PM CDT - 3:00 PM CDT | 1 hour
Constant VigilanceASL Interpretation Provided

As a fandom, we talk a lot about pureblood and wizard supremacy, but how often do we investigate what lies between the extremes? Using the portrayal of characters like Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter, and Argus Filch, we will examine the intricacies of blood status. Are Hagrid and Lupin true out...

Sunday 11 August, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
4:30 PM
4:30 PM CDT - 5:30 PM CDT | 1 hour
Constant Vigilance

In this session, panelists representing multiple ethnic backgrounds discuss the (mis)/representation of their communities within Harry Potter canon and imagine how culture would inform magic, and how magic would inform culture. Through this discussion, we will cross-examine the White, European, pseudo-Christian Wizarding culture of Harry Potter to answer questions like: what would be our culture’s predominant attitude towards magic? How might our rituals and traditions be modifi...