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.

 

Dates

February 26-27, 2018

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.

Events

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.

Schedule

Monday, February 26, 2018

Time Event Description Location
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Diversity in the Literary Classroom Teaching workshop for graduate students and faculty, led by Professor Joel Pace Center for Diversity - Muenster University Center
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 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 Coyote Twin Theatre
4 West Main Street
Vermillion, SD
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Edison's Frankenstein and Ex Machina

Film screening

Coyote Twin Theatre
4 West Main Street
Vermillion, SD

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Time Event Description Location
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration Coffee, continental breakfast, name tags Hallway outside MUC 216-216A
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Panel Presentation Frankenstein's Literary Legacies: USD Department of English Faculty Roundtable

Meet the presenters
MUC 216-216A
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Panel Presentation  Frankenstein's Interdisciplinary Influences: Flash lecture presentations by USD faculty from biology, chemistry, computer science, philosophy, law and more.

Meet the presenters
MUC 216-216A 
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 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. MUC Ballroom
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Panel presentation Frankenstein's Cultural Contexts: USD English Graduate Student Panel

Meet the presenters
MUC 216-216A
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Panel Presentation Frankenstein's Pedagogical Provocations: USD Department of English Teaching Assistant Panel

Meet the presenters
MUC 216-216A

Sponsors

Contact

Name Department & Office Contact
Heather Love
  • Assistant Professor
ENGLISH
Dakota Hall
LisaAnn Robertson
  • Assistant Professor
ENGLISH
Dakota Hall