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EX LIBRIS: The Witching Hour

Wed, Jun 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm6:15 pm

Folklorists Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman will discuss five of the different kinds of witches that appear in fairy tales. By illuminating different aspects of the figure of the witch as she appears in the Grimms’ tales, they will demonstrate the versatility, multiplicity, and power that characterizes the witch of folklore, even within a single, albeit extremely influential, collection of stories. A rich repository of education and inspiration, the witch intrigues and enchants us, inviting us to let down our hair, jump into her flames, and take a bite of her apple.
EX LIBRIS is a series of virtual programs produced by the Providence Athenæum. Featuring an array of humanities scholars, authors, historians, and thought leaders, these short conversations illuminate fascinating topics and inspire the intellectually curious. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the speaker after the presentation. You will need access to a computer or other internet-connected device to join the program on Zoom.


Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman are award-winning folklorists, teachers, and writers with a combined 26 years in higher education and over three dozen publications. Together, they founded The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, an online program that teaches creative souls how to re-enchant their lives through folklore and fairy tales. In 2019, Carterhaugh won the Dorothy Howard Award from the American Folklore Society.

When they aren’t teaching, they are scholars, writers and best friends who have published peer-reviewed articles, appeared on podcasts, guested for publications, and written stories, poems, book introductions, encyclopedia entries. (They’ve also been known to crush “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at karaoke.) They are regular writers for Enchanted Living Magazine, and their weekly blog has reached more than 60,000 people. Sara and Brittany have delivered sold-out lectures at venues like the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and FaerieCon