Skip to main content

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature: Exhibit and Events

The exhibit "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature" and the lecture and film series sponsored by the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yavitz Fund

Frankenstein Speaker and Film Series

About the Speaker and Film series:
This Speaker and Film series is sponsored by the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yavitz Fund.

Light refreshments will be served at all events. All are welcome to attend.

 

Maps and Directions:

 

 

Past Events

Friday, May 20: Double Feature: The Resurrection Trade / The Body Snatcher     

 

 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

HPNP Building, Room G101

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, archivist at the Health Science Center Libraries, will talk about the use and misuse of human cadavers in medical history, and introduce The Body Snatcher, a 1945 film starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.  

 

Tuesday, May 24: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: from Science Fiction to Fact   

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

HPNP Building, Room G101

J. M. van der Laan, professor of languages, literatures, and cultures at Illinois State University, will discuss Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the representation of science and technology in the humanities.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yavitz Fund.

 

Thursday, May 26: Frankenstein (1931)

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

HPNP Building, Room G101

James Whale’s classic film adaptation of Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yavitz Fund.

 

 

Thursday, June 2: The Frankenstein Myth: Responsibility and Science in a Brave New World

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Smathers Library, Room 1A

Bill Allen, William A. Shands Professor in Medical History and Ethics and Director of the Program in Bioethics, Law, and Medical Professionalism at the University of Florida, will discuss the ethical issues in Frankenstein and the present-day debate over what constitutes acceptable science.

Co-sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries.

 

 

Thursday, June 2: Bride of Frankenstein

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Smathers Library, Room 1A

Andrew Gordon, emeritus professor of English at the University of Florida, will introduce and discuss the 1935 film, Bride of Frankenstein.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yavitz Fund and co-sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries.

 

 

Monday, June 6: Beyond Frankenstein: Women Writing Science in the SF Magazines

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

HPNP Building, Room G101

Jane Donawerth, professor of English at the University of Maryland and author of Frankenstein’s Daughters, will discuss the influence of Mary Shelley and her ideas on later women writers of science fiction.

 

Tuesday, June 7: Young Frankenstein

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

HPNP Building, Room G101

 Mel Brooks’ parody of the classic horror films based on Frankenstein.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yavitz Fund.

 

 

Monday, June 13:  The Modern Prometheus - has regeneration come of age?

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

HPNP Building, Room G101

Malcolm Maden, professor of biology at the University of Florida, will discuss his research in regenerative medicine.

 

 

Wednesday, June 15: Mothering Monsters - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Genetic Engineering

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

HPNP Building, Room G101

Anne Mellor, Distinguished Professor of English and women's studies at UCLA, will discuss Mary Shelley’s life, influences, and contemporary parallels with the Frankenstein novel.

 

Frankenstein Comes To UF

banner

The Health Science Center Library is pleased to host this exhibit from the National Library of Medicine from May 10 - June 17, 2011

For nearly two hundred years, the story of Frankenstein—the book, the monster, the scientist— has gripped our imaginations and haunted our nightmares. Though Mary Shelley (1797–1851) was only 20 years old when Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published in 1818, she posed profound questions in her novel about individual and societal responsibility for other human beings. To make her point, she used the scientific advances of her era and the controversy surrounding them as a metaphor for issues of unchecked power and self-serving ambition, and their effect on the human community.

This exhibition explores the woman and the world that gave birth to Frankenstein . It examines how playwrights and filmmakers transformed the Frankenstein story into one of the Western world’s most enduring myths. Finally, it considers how Mary Shelley’s unfortunate monster frequently provides a framework for discussions of contemporary biomedical advances such as cloning, which challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.

National Library of Medicine exhibit site

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature was developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association. The exhibition is based upon a major exhibition produced by the National Library of Medicine in 1997– 1998.
This exhibition has been made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding of human experience and cultural heritage, and the National Library of Medicine, dedicated to makin g the most accurate and up-todate health information freely available to all.

Exhibition curator: Susan E. Lederer, Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, CT
Exhibition literary consultant: Betty T. Bennett, Ph.D., American University, Washington, DC
Exhibition design: Chester Design Associates, Washington, DC/Chicago, IL
Exhibition tour management: Public Programs Office, American Library Association

Frankenstein is coming!

Images from the Exhibit

        

A Galvanized Corpse by H.R. Robinson, 1836. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division. LC-USZ62-11916

Boris Karloff as the Monster in Frankenstein. Courtesy of Photofest.

 

University of Florida Home Page

This page uses Google Analytics - (Google Privacy Policy)

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.