CMU Harry Potter Conference - Mischief Managed
A Scholarly and Performative Conference on Harry Potter
at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant MI
October 31 - November 1, 2008

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William Todd-Jones

Guest Speaker
William Todd Jones as Satyr

About Mr. Todd-Jones:

William Todd-Jones is a British puppet designer, performer, director, writer
and environmental activist. He has designed and performed creatures for
various films, television series, and commercials in the UK and abroad.

He played Aslan the lion, as well as Glenstorm the centaur, in the BBC's
rendition of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia; he played the starring
role of Mopatop in the BAFTA Award-nominated children's television series
Mopatop's Shop; and he has performed other creatures as diverse as a troll,
a dancing mouse, and a three-toed sloth. He has worked on numerous feature
films including Jim Henson's Labyrinth, the various Muppet movies, The
Neverending Story, Batman, Pinocchio, Lost in Space, and The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy.

Todd-Jones's design of a full-bodied rhinoceros costume for a Gerald Scarfe
stage production led to his involvement in the London-based charity Save the
Rhino. He has raised money for the charity by running marathons as a
rhinoceros, appearing at fund-raising events, and walking across Africa
(from sea level to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro) in the rhino costume,
alongside author Douglas Adams.

In 1997, Todd-Jones created an outdoor theater spectacle, Spirit of the
Rhino Drum, for the rhino charity. He wrote, designed, and directed this
extravaganza on the theme of wildlife conservation, performed by African
musicians, puppeteers, dancers, aerialists and acrobats. Todd-Jones also
designed puppets and full-body costumes for River of Kings, a puppetry
festival in Bangkok, Thailand, performed in front of the Thai Royal Palace
in January 2003.
For more information, see:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0429471/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Todd_Jones
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Nancy J. White

Guest Speaker

About Nancy J. White:

Nancy J. White, J.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of 
Finance and Law, Central Michigan University. She received a B.S. from 
California State University, Long Beach in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate 
from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California. She practiced law for 
approximately thirteen years prior to becoming a college professor. 
She currently teaches in the areas of business law, real estate law, and 
construction law. She is a member of the state bars of California, Texas, 
Maine, and the District of Columbia. She is a fan of the Harry Potter books and movies.
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