Sandra Cypess - chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Maryland.
Expertise - Latin American and Caribbean literature, comparative drama, women's studies, translation practice, cross-cultural studies, Latin American studies.
Halloween Credentials - an expert in Dia de los Muertos ("Day
of the Dead"), a Mexican celebration of life and death rooted in ancient
beliefs, changed by the Spanish to coincide with their own holiday
Marilyn Deighton - lecturer in costume construction, Department of Theatre, University of Maryland.
Expertise - pattern drafting, draping, men's tailoring, costume shop management.
Daniel "Chip" Denman - assistant director for research support, Office of Information Technology / Academic Support; interim director for the Office of Information Technology user support services, University of Maryland.
biostatistics and epidemiology. Provides general statistical support through the OIT Statistics Laboratory.
Jennie Levine - Curator of historical manuscripts, Hornbake Library, University of Maryland.
Halloween Credentials - An expert in Harry Potter, Levine oversees "The Sugar Quill" fan site. She can tell you anything you need to know about the precocious, precarious young wizard's Halloween celebrations. She'll help you battle a troll, but be careful: You might end up with a pig's tail.
Levine Says - Halloween is a spooky holiday, even if
you happen to be a wizard. Just ask Harry Potter. In his first year
at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, an enormous mountain
troll tried to attack his friend Hermione in the girls' bathroom.
During his second year at Hogwarts, Harry attended a Death Day party
(a ghost equivalent of a birthday party). Nearly Headless Nick was
500 years old, and the guests feasted on rotting birthday cake. And
in his third year at Hogwarts, a murderer who had escaped from the
wizarding prison, Azkaban, tried to break into his dormitory. One
thing that is good about Halloween, however, is the food. On October
31, floating jack-o-lanterns light the Great Hall at Hogwarts, and
the students feast on treats like pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes
and treacle tarts. If you ask most non-wizarding children, sweet things
are probably their favorite part of Halloween. Even Harry's Muggle
(non-wizard) cousin Dudley, who dislikes all things magical, might
be tempted to venture outside for trick-or-treating, despite the risks.
Susan Walker - assistant professor, family studies and state family life specialist, Maryland Cooperative Extension.
Expertise - child care professional development, child care policy, parenting education, at-risk families.
Jo Paoletti - associate professor of American Studies, University of Maryland.
Expertise - apparel design and the history of textile and clothing, especially children's clothing in America. Most recently, she has researched how to do the best possible job of interdisciplinary education and the teaching of critical thinking. Paoletti is looking at how do students learn the best way to do research and how we make the best use of available technologies.
Anne Turkos - archivist, University of Maryland.
Expertise - The history of the University of Maryland as well as the archives and holdings in the archives at the Hornbake Library on campus.
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