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Film screening: Bride of Frankenstein










October 30, 2018 at 6:00PM - Harn Museum of Art Auditorium

Event title: Screening of the film: Bride of Frankenstein

Released in 1935, the movie Bride of Frankenstein was created as a sequel to the original Frankenstein film -  and to the book. In the movie, and a story told by author Mary Shelley, the characters survive the book's events, and Dr. Frankenstein is forced to assist in creating a mate for "The Monster."  

Dr. Lester Friedman introduced the movie.

This even was co-sponsored by the Harn Museum of Art, Health Science Center Libraries, UF Honors Program, and the Catalyst Fund/Creative Campus.

Lecture: Dr. Lester Friedman

October 31, 2018

Event Title: Creature Feature: The Universal and Hammer Frankenstein Films

Time: 12-1, Smathers Room 100

Co-Sponsored by: UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Creative Campus/Catalyst Fund, Health Science Center Libraries

Speaker Bio: Professor Friedman also taught cinema studies at Syracuse, Northwestern, American Universities, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Spertus Institute. He taught health humanities and bioethics at Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse) and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. His areas of expertise include: film genres, American cinema of the 1970s, American Jewish cinema, British film of the 1980s, Health and Humanities, and Multiculturalism in Film. The author, co-author, and editor of over 20 books and numerous articles, he has written books about Steven Spielberg, Arthur Penn, Peter Pan, Frankenstein, and Clint Eastwood. His two screenplays, Prisoners of Freedom (2002) and Thomas Scasz and the Myth of Mental Illness (1989) have been the basis of independent films directed by the award-winning visual artist Owen Shapiro.


Harn Museum of Art exhibit opening

Monsters and the Monstrous, January 22 - June 2, 2019
Monsters and the Monstrous springs from a UF undergraduate course designed by Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig (UF Health Science Center Library), and team-taught by four undergraduates in the Honors Program in the 2018 fall semester.

Its focus is on the nature of “monsters”--how society fears, defines, or embraces monsters of all kinds, in many cultures and eras.

Beginning in the fall semester, students will immerse themselves in reading and discussion. Four undergraduates from the Honors Program--Yasmina Bassi, Mary Johnson, Arvind Sommi, and Olivia Trumble--will team-teach the course. By mid-semester, they will choose up to fifteen relevant artworks from the museum’s collection pre-selected by curators Carol McCusker and Eric Segal. Possible selections include: Andy Warhol’s Dracula photograph, a Picasso Minotaur etching, a Panamanian mola Sea Monster, and George Grozs’ lithograph of a murderous White General, among others. The students will then write interpretive texts for the final exhibition overseen by Stoyan-Rosenzweig, McCusker and Segal. This interdisciplinary collaboration extends the Harn’s mission to serve UF undergraduate education, while also providing rich content that will appeal to general audiences.

Lecture: Claire Dederer


Author Claire Dederer came to UF on November 14 to speak about her Paris Review article on concerns about appreciating the art of men accused of abuse- as she calls it, the art of monstrous men. 

She spoke from 12:00PM-1:00PM in Harrell Medical Education Building, Room 460.

Claire Dederer is the author of two critically acclaimed memoirs: Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning and Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which was a New York Times bestseller. Poser has been translated into 11 languages, optioned for television by Warner Bros., and adapted for the stage.

Dederer is at work on Monsters, a nonfiction book investigating good art made by bad people, forthcoming from Knopf. The book is based on her 2017 essay for the Paris Review, “What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?” The essay went globally viral, was a Longform best essay of the year, and has repeatedly been cited as one of the most influential and insightful pieces of writing on the Me Too movement to date.

Dederer is a long-time contributor to The New York Times. Her essays, criticism, and reviews have also appeared in The Paris Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Slate, Salon, High Country News, and many other publications. Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently Labor Day. Dederer began her career as the chief film critic for Seattle Weekly. She has taught at Hugo House and the University of Washington, as well as residencies, workshops, conferences, MFA programs, and universities across the country. She is the recipient of a Hedgebrook residency and a Lannan Foundation residency.

Dederer is a fourth-generation Seattle native. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her husband, the writer Bruce Barcott, and their children. 

Her talk is available online here.

Art and graphic novel contests

The Health Science Center Library is hosting a Monster- themed art contest and a graphic novel contest.  See the separate tabs for more information.

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