One Book, One College: “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley presented by the Library! All events are free and will be held in the Library. Get more info at

It’s ALIVE: A Performance of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”
Thursday, Jan. 25 | 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
The monster will come to life as theater and speech students perform a dramatic reading of selections from the novel, “Frankenstein.”


Art as Healing and Resistance: Artist Mary Hazboun Explores her Journey with “The Art of Weeping”
Thursday, Feb. 22 | 12:30 p.m.
Mary Hazboun is a multidisciplinary Chicago-based artist who practices “The Art of Weeping” as an act of processing grief and somatic healing of bodies through drawing and singing. Hazboun’s work highlights the nuanced traumas of women and their resistance against different forms of oppression manifested in the military machine, patriarchal societies and forced migrations.


Almost Amounted to Agony: Grappling with Anxiety in “Frankenstein”
Wednesday, Feb. 28 | Noon – 1 p.m.
“Frankenstein” and its main characters have been an inflection point to discuss contemporary cultural issues, which have varied greatly in the last 200-plus years. In this talk, we will explore how anxiety manifests in “Frankenstein” as a feeling grappled with by characters and how contemporary issues around mental health continue to engage themes from the book.


The Creature Within: Using Psychology to Understand Frankenstein’s Monster
Tuesday, March 5 | 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Mary Shelley presents a “monster” whose very existence is complex and difficult. The monster turns his abandonment, abuse, neglect and maltreatment into hatred and revenge upon his creator. In this panel discussion, psychology faculty will use Frankenstein’s monster as a lens through which we can understand psychological theory.


The Complete Character is Nowhere: The Evolution of Frankenstein and His Monster in Films, Comics and Songs
Wednesday, March 6 | Noon – 12:50 p.m.
Frankenstein’s monster has undergone a type of evolution beyond the pages of the novel that birthed him. The monster has been born and reborn within many cultural contexts. This talk by Vito Carli will examine the different incarnations of Frankenstein’s monster, examining how the character has changed over several decades.


Stitched and Staged: Faculty Members Share their Favorite Versions of “Frankenstein”
Tuesday, April 2 | 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Join literature faculty as they shed light on their favorite versions of Mary Shelley’s classic tale. From timeless films to acclaimed Broadway productions, the panelists will share their perspectives on various interpretations of this iconic narrative.


Faith and Spirituality Leading the Environmental Movement
Wednesday, April 10 | 11 a.m. – Noon
Rev. Brian Sauder will discuss the connections between faith and environmental justice. He is the executive director of Faith in Place, which is a nonprofit that partners with communities of faith from diverse religious traditions (and people who do not follow a faith) to advance environmental and racial justice.

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