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Erin McCormick, English teacher at GSA, will lead a discussion group about Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus,” meeting for three sessions on Fridays October 19 & 26 and November 2.

This program is part of “One Book, Many Conversations.” During the week of October 24-31, 2018 individuals from around the country, and internationally, will gather in small groups, online and locally, each led by a moderator, to discuss “Frankenstein.” One Book, Many Conversations was developed by a community of organizations and individuals, all on a volunteer basis, who believe that at the core of democracy lies conversation. The ability to talk with one another about the issues before us and to come together and share our many perspectives is a vital aspect of a thriving democratic society. Discussions grounded in a shared text offer valuable opportunities for genuine, open exchanges – giving everyone in the conversation a common point of reference for examining and articulating their ideas.

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Frankenstein,” and it brings us into a world that, though composed two centuries ago, is not so different from our own. “Frankenstein” has stood the test of time, is complex, and raises a broad and powerful range of questions. These include the nature of social responsibility, the ethics of scientific inquiry, what it means to create another, what we owe our children, both biological and non-biological, and, perhaps most essential, what it means to be human.

This discussion is free and everyone is welcome, but space is limited to advance registration is required using our web calendar or by calling the library at 374-5515. Copies of the book will be available to check out in advance at the library.