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Frankenstein 200

As part of an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's momentous 1818 novel Frankenstein, the Department of English held a two-day Frankenstein 200! symposium that brought together students, faculty and community members to commemorate the book and the many ways it has influenced western culture.  

Guest Speaker

Joel Pace, professor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Joel Pace





Credit: Lisa Venticinque

Joel Pace, Ph.D., is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He is an expert on British and transatlantic romanticism. He also serves as associate editor of the journal Symbiosis and has authored books, articles and chapters on romanticism in the Americas and on black romanticism. As a reggae musician, Pace shares bills with legendary bands such as The Wailers. He has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio and BBC programs to discuss literature, race and music.


Community Art Show

Along with Vermillion Cultural Programming, the department hosted a community art show featuring Frankenstein-themed works of art by Vermillion locals.

Ghost Story Writing Contest

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley penned Frankenstein during a ghost story contest with friends in 1816. In honor of the novel's origins, the department hosted a ghost story-writing contest of its own. The winner was given a Frankenstein monster figure and a gift certificate from Vermillion coffee shop The Bean.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Event Description
Diversity in the Literary Classroom Teaching workshop for graduate students and faculty, led by Professor Joel Pace
Opening Reception Hors d'oeuvres, beverages and cake to celebrate the 200th birthday of Frankenstein and his creature, as well as the Frankenstein Community Art Show
Edison's Frankenstein and Ex Machina

Film screening

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Event Description
Panel Presentation Frankenstein's Literary Legacies: USD Department of English Faculty Roundtable

Meet the presenters
Panel Presentation  Frankenstein's Interdisciplinary Influences: Flash lecture presentations by USD faculty from biology, chemistry, computer science, philosophy, law and more.

Meet the presenters
Lunch and Keynote Speaker Guest speaker Professor Joel Pace will deliver a lecture on Frankenstein and race entitled "Frankenstein and the Black Atlantic." Lunch provided.
Panel presentation Frankenstein's Cultural Contexts: USD English Graduate Student Panel

Meet the presenters
Panel Presentation Frankenstein's Pedagogical Provocations: USD Department of English Teaching Assistant Panel

Meet the presenters



Name Department & Office Contact
Heather Love
  • Assistant Professor
Dakota Hall
Lisa Ann Robertson
  • Coordinator, Grad Program / Associate Professor
Dakota Hall 207