“Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm” are enchanting small screen viewers, but for fairy tales with a scholarly twist, consider this fascinating conference in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of the tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University hosted the symposium “Grimm Legacies” on February 3 and 4, 2012. Designed by folklorist extraordinaire Maria Tatar, this conference will examine “the seemingly timeless and universal hold of the cultural stories collected by the Brothers Grimm. Jack Zipes, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the keynote address.”
As one of the panelists, Valerie Gribben spoke on “Medicine and Märchen,” looking at the surprising interconnections between fairy tales and the medical field.