FRANKENSTEIN: 200 Years of Fear and Thinking

FRANKENSTEIN: 200 Years of Fear and Thinking

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s monster are among the most enduring characters of modern literary and popular culture.  To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818), Siena College is sponsoring a series of events.

FRANKENSTEIN: 200 Years of Fear and Thinking will bring author Mary Shelley’s creation Frankenstein to life on Siena’s campus. Through Frankenstein-themed course discussions, film screenings, dorm discussions, a theatrical production, public lectures, and even a cabaret evening with the theme “monster mash,” our Saints will bring the 1818 novel into our current world.

The bicentennial year (1818) spans two academic years.  Siena’s events will kick off with a Halloween 2017 showing of two classic films Frankenstein, and Bride of Frankenstein. Halloween 2018 will be marked by showings of Tim Burton’s film Frankenweenie and Mel Brooks’ now classic Young Frankenstein.

EventDate & TimeLocation
Film: Frankenstein (1931) October 30, 7:30 PMKey Auditorium
Prof. Gianfranco Vidali, professor of physics, Syracuse University "Cosmic Lego: Making molecules on stardust"October 30, 12:35 PMKey Auditorium
Film: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)October 31, 7:30 PMKey Auditorium
Prof. Tim Madigan, St. John Fisher College “Frankenstein Today: Should Humans Tamper in God’s Domain”January 23, 4-5:30 PMSSU 243
Prof. Peter Zaas “The ‘golem”: Frankenstein before Frankenstein”February 4, 7:00 PMHines Hall
Prof. Jon Bannon “I from it: a Frankenstein monster in mathematics?” February 6, 5-6:30 PM TBD
Prof. Ray Boisvert, “Would he bring her chocolate and flowers? All Frankenstein wants is a girlfriend”February 14Padua Hall
Film: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994, director Kenneth Branagh, starring Robert De Niro.)February 27, 7:00 PMStandish Library, Room 26
Prof. Pam Clements “Body and Soul: the Middle Ages and the 19th century”March 5Ryan Hall
Film: “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957, Hammer Studios). Introduction and discussion: Dr. Joseph AllegrettiMarch 13Standish Library, Room 26
Chuck Rothman “Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Today”March 14Hines Hall
Prof. Chantelle Thauvette “Frankenstein and Literature Today”April 8Hennepin Hall
Prof. Tom Coohill, “Electricity and the Hanged Convict: The Experiments of Giovanni Aldini”April 25Plassman Hall
Film: I Frankenstein 2014, Introduction and discussion, Dr. Jason HofsteinApril 24Standish Library, Room 26