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UGA’s celebration of Frankenstein at 200 begins on Friday, October 19th, when the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, in collaboration with Dr. Richard Neupert (UGA Film Studies), presents a Cinema Roundtable entitled “Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and Cinematic Adaptations,” featuring speakers from UGA as well as Emory University.

On October 31st our Frankenread continues with a public reading of the novel in UGA’s Main Library Cafe at 8am and continuing until 6pm. In the spirit of the novel’s multiple voices, readers will be drawn from across the campus and the larger Athens community. Our reading will be accompanied by a slideshow of images drawn from popular culture and curated by Dr. Christopher Pizzino (UGA English). The final 30 minutes of our epic reading will take place at Ciné, Athens’s local independent movie theater, just prior to a free screening of Bride of Frankenstein (1935). The Frankenstein read-a-thon is sponsored by the UGA Colloquium in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature, directed by Dr. Roxanne Eberle (UGA English) and Dr. Casie LeGette (UGA English), in collaboration with the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Ciné, and UGA’s Undergraduate English Association.

In addition to this epic “franka-read-a-thon,” the library will host a movie marathon throughout Halloween Day, as well as a Monster Parts Scavenger Hunt. During the entire month of October, the Main Library will present curated exhibits of Frankenstein texts and related curricular materials. Participants and sponsors include Emily McGinn (Digital Humanities Coordinator, UGA Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab), Diane Trap (Reference Librarian and Graphic Specialist, UGA Main Library), and Amy Watts (Reference and Instruction Librarian, UGA Main Library).