October 7, 2008
Modern Witchcraft is Focus of College Talk
BRUNSWICK - Marilyn R. Pukkila, who identifies herself as a Quaker witch in the Reclaiming Tradition, will give a talk on modern witchcraft at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Bowdoin College.
Pukkila's talk, titled "Today's Witches: Neither Oz, Nor Hogwarts, Nor Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will focus on dispelling myths and stereotypes about modern witchcraft and witches.
Pukkila is reference, women's studies and instructional services librarian at Colby College, where she teaches courses on women in myth and fairy tale, contemporary Wicca and J.R.R. Tolkien.
She has published articles in the journal Choice on the literature of contemporary Wicca and that of feminist spiritualities. Her article entries on Wicca and contemporary witchcraft appear in the International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies and the Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History in America.
She earned a bachelor's degree in music and history at the University of Michigan, a master's degree in medieval Welsh history at University College of Wales and a master's degree in library science at Columbia University.
Pukkila is ordained as a priestess of Persephone.
The talk will take place in Kresge Auditorium in the college's Visual Arts Center. For more information, call 725-3357.
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