2023-24 One Book, One College – “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
Presented by the Library! All events are free and will be held in the Library.


The Psychology of Monstrosity: Exploring Social Taboos, Norms and Collective Fears
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.
Faculty members Laura Lauzen-Collins and Jason King will discuss what we mean when we say someone is a monster, who are the monsters in literature and why are they labeled that way?


More Human than Human: What Frankenstein Teaches us about Empathy?
Wednesday, Sept. 20, Noon
Faculty member Ann Webb talks about what happens when we value power instead of people; when we isolate, fail to learn about, disregard, or create “others” out of people who may not conform to mainstream norms; and ask who really is the monster.


Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Monster?
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.
Dr. John T. Murphy, anthropologist, archaeologist and computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, will connect two great 19th-century thinkers – Mary Shelley, author, and Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. He will examine these women and consider how Artificial Intelligence, a descendant of Lovelace’s insight, may be a new telling of Shelley’s story.


Monster Mash: Frankenstein in Popular Culture
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.
Faculty member Carey Millsap-Spears will illustrate the development of the creature from “Frankenstein” in visual media, including popular films and TV series. She also will link the book’s presentation of the creature to these images, and discuss why the creator (Victor Frankenstein) and creature have become synonymous in popular imagination.


Universal Monsters: Critical Monsters in Horror History (special Halloween event)
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m.
Faculty member Jason King will examine the characters and monsters that have come to occupy our culture and imaginations, including Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman and the Mummy. From the 1930s to the 1950s, Universal Studios brought together characters from legend and literature, turning horror movies into one of the leading genres of 20th century film.

This event repeats on the following days:
  • October 04, 2023 at 10:00 am | Library (Building L)
  • October 31, 2023 at 11:00 am | Library (Building L)