‘The Curren(t)cy of Frankenstein’

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a thrilling adventure but also a prescient guidebook to the moral and ethical dilemmas of 20th and 21st century medicine. On Sept. 28-30, Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Medicine and College of Arts & Sciences will present a three-day forum exploring Shelley’s novel through the lens of contemporary medical practice.

Students can take part in Monster Challenge

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the novel “Frankenstein,” the university is hosting a student competition. The prompt for the challenge is “The New Frankenstein,” and students can enter written or visual works. The submission deadline is Oct. 15, and winners will receive up to a $1,000 prize.

Music for Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” (1818) is one of the most influential artistic creations of the last two centuries. On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Washington University Symphony Orchestra will present three world premiere student compositions, inspired by Shelley’s book, in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall.

The monster who will not leave us

Nearly 200 years after the publication of “Frankenstein” in 1818, we still employ Mary Shelley’s dream vision to interpret and explain our world today — but why? Perhaps because the troubling dialectic between Creator and Monster reflects some basic anxiety that has still not been resolved. Henry Schvey writes an essay in advance of the Oct. 13 conference “Frankenstein at 200” in Umrath Hall on the Danforth Campus.

‘Frankenstein’ for the Assembly Series

On Sept. 7, the Assembly Series’ first fall program welcomed British playwright Nick Dear Nick Dear, author of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s 2011 production of “Frankenstein” to Graham Chapel. See photos of the event here.
Nick Dear photo

Assembly Series announces its fall 2017 program schedule

The Assembly Series, Washington University in St. Louis’ signature lecture series, will open its fall program Sept. 7 with an event that kick-starts a universitywide, yearlong initiative to inhabit the rich and complex world of the 200-year-old story of “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.”
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