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USD Hosts Frankenstein Symposium Feb. 26-27

Profile photo of Frankenstein. “Frankenstein 200!” is Feb. 26-27.

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.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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