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Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are pleased to take part in the NEH-funded initiative of the Keats-Shelley Association of America to honor the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, featuring  a creative writing contest, a one-woman show, a mobile, marathon reading of the full text of the novel at 9 different sites around Vanderbilt’s campus, student digital media projects, and two movie screenings. Details below!

October 22 – 28, 2018  •  Midnight Submission Deadline
WRITING FRANKENSTEIN
In honor of the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s ghoulish tale, Frankenstein, we are challenging undergraduate and graduate students to write a scary story of their own! In 1-2 pages, respond to one of the Frankenstein-themed writing prompts (found here). Submissions will be accepted between October 22-28th with the top three freakishly Frankensteinian tales announced and awarded prizes at the October 31st reception.

October 28, 2018  •  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  •  Central Library Reading Room
MARY’S MONSTER  (poster available)
‘Mary’s Monster’ is an original work written and performed by Maggie Lou Rader which explores  a dark night near the end Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s life, when she wrestles with the ghosts of her dead children, her sister, her famous husband, her mother, and Frankenstein, her most famous creation. Death has loomed over her entire life, and now, shovel in hand, she will reckon with it, one way or another.  (MarysMonsterAdvert)

October 31, 2018  •  8:00 am – 10:00 pm*  •  Sites Across Campus
READING & CELEBRATING FRANKENSTEIN
8:00 am       
Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ The Commons Lobby
9:00 am       
Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Peabody Library Steps
10:00 am     Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Eskind Library
11:00 am     Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Rand Dining Hall Porch
Noon              Central Library Events – Student exhibits, a ‘Frankenstein’ Rare Books Exhibition (in the Library Community Room), Writing contest winners announcement, and a reception featuring ghoulishly appropriate food and beverages
1:00 pm        Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Benson Science Hall
2:00 pm        Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Kirkland Hall Steps
3:00 pm        Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Kissam Center Patio
4:00 pm        Readings from ‘Frankenstein’ @ Law School Lobby

*IN CASE OF RAIN ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD INDOORS

October 31, 2018  •  6-10 pm  •  Sarratt Student Center 216 & 220
WATCHING FRANKENSTEIN 
Viewers will see two of the following films: Universal Studio’s 1931 Frankenstein staring Boris Karloff as the monster and Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein, Mel Brook’s 1974 hilarious Young Frankenstein featuring Peter Boyle as the monster and Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, or the 2015 modern take on Victor Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Victor.

Join us at Sarratt Student Center (Room 216 & 220) to see one or both movies. The first movie begins running promptly at 6.  Feel free to come and go as you please but remember to be courteous and quiet when entering or exiting when the movie is playing. Popcorn and beverages will served throughout the event.