VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of English hosts “Frankenstein 200!” a two-day symposium, Feb. 26-27, to celebrate Mary Shelley's momentous 1818 novel and its impact on western culture.
Joel Pace, Ph.D., professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, headlines the symposium as the keynote speaker Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Muenster University Center ballroom.
Pace is an expert on British and transatlantic romanticism. As a reggae musician, he 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. 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.
The first day will include a teaching workshop led by Pace and a reception and film screening at the Coyote Twin Theatre.
The second day will include Pace’s keynote address and multiple faculty, graduate and teaching assistant panels discussing the influence of Frankenstein.
The symposium is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, USD Department of English, USD Center for Teaching and Learning, USD Center for Diversity and Community, Romantics Bicentennials and the South Dakota Humanities Council.
The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit the symposium page.