Join us as we celebrate 200 years of Mary Shelley’s creation of Frankenstein!
The concept of the “mad scientist” is one that is firmly ingrained in our cultural imagination. This trope occurs over and over in western literature from classic works to comic books and podcasts. For many, Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley’s seminal horror novel Frankenstein, serves as the exemplar of this idea.
The talk “Mad Scientists,” to be given October 15th at 6:30 P.M., will trace the development of the idea of the mad scientist as it comes to its ultimate expression in the novel Frankenstein. Dr. Dometa Brothers will explore historical ideas of genius, the mysteries of alchemy, the practices of grave robbing and dissection theaters in the eighteenth century, and the science of the time as practiced by men like Giovanni Aldini, Luigi Galvani, Alessandro Volta, and Humphrey Davy, to illuminate the theme in the novel that science should be approached carefully (even fearfully).
Frankenstein is a cautionary tale that emphasizes that no matter the genius of individuals or their ideas, we must proceed fully aware of our moral and ethical obligations as a culture.
This fun program is open to Teens & Adults on Monday October 29th at 6:30pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room.
Celebrate Frankenreads, an international celebration marking the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel by attending a dinnertime book discussion led by Hereford Branch librarian Cheryl Dishon. A limited number of free copies are available in advance. Participants are invited to bring a bag dinner. Refreshments provided.
Seminario di esplorazione della mostruosa progenie di Mary Shelley fra il XX e il XXI secolo
Two hundred years ago, twenty-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley published her first novel, Frankenstein, a masterpiece that would take on a monstrous life of its own. Come hear Prof. Marisa Palacios Knox of the UTRGV Literatures and Cultural Studies Department give a talk on the Radical and Romantic life of Shelley, the spooky creation myth of the story, and common misconceptions and unexpected aspects of the novel as distinct from its pop cultural legacy on its 200th anniversary.
Register here: https://mcallen.libcal.com/event/4661144
Students will create a version of the classic board game ‘Operation’ using an aspect of Frankenstein, maybe his brain! Students will craft their game with recycled materials, Scratch programming, and MaKey MaKey.
Celebrate the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein! Join us for a morning of lightning talks given by UW faculty, graduate students, and members of our Seattle community about the author, the text, and its afterlife. Topics include: Mary Shelley and Her Legacy, Adapting Frankenstein for the Stage, Women’s Writing and Publishing in the Romantic Era, Frankenstein and The Classics, Science in the City, Frankenstein of 1790, and more! You’ll also have the chance to share your favorite lines, draw your interpretation of the monster, watch Frankenstein film adaptations, and take a photo in our Frankenreads photobooth!
This event is free and open to all. Coffee, tea, and muffins provided.
Celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking work of Gothic horror and science fiction with a presentation on “The Monster Inside” by Gina Brandolino of the University of Michigan followed by a free showing of The Bride of Frankenstein classic movie.
Drop In, no registration required.
HELD AT INSTITUTE OF MODERN LANGUAGES, JAN KOCHANOWSKI UNIVERSITY IN KIELCE, POLAND
As part of our year-long celebration of the bicentennial of Frankenstein, we’ll be giving away free copies of the book at the annual West Virginia Book Festival. We invite you to visit our booth at the “Word Play” section of the Book Festival, where we’ll have around 200 copies of the original 1818 edition of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, as well as an abridged edition appropriate for younger readers. We’ll also have a “monster mask” activity for children (available under a Creative Commons license as part of nisenet.org’s Frankenstein200 project kit). This program is sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council.