UAlbany Libraries Host "Frankenstein:
Penetrating the Secrets of Nature"
Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 14, 2005) - For nearly
two centuries, Mary Shelley's account of medical
student Victor Frankenstein and the living monster
he created in his laboratory has gripped imaginations.
"Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets
of Nature," on exhibit now through Feb.
18 in the Atrium of the New Library on the University's
uptown campus, demonstrates how playwrights,
filmmakers, and the media have transformed Shelley's
saga into one of the Western world's most enduring
myths. The tale of a researcher's abuse of his
power and failure to take responsibility for
the being he created is a compelling story of
ambition, idealism, revenge, and forgiveness.
The exhibit is the lead-off program in the
University's semester-long "What Is 'Nature'
in the 21st Century?" series.
Since its appearance in 1881, the Frankenstein
story has also been a symbol for public fears
about dazzling new scientific techniques and
research that often challenge our understanding
of what is "natural" and what it means
to be human. The story of Frankenstein is often
mentioned in the media when such issues as cloning,
organ transplants, or genetically modified foods
"What Is 'Nature' in the 21st Century?"
is a series of programs, panel discussions,
and films that amplify Shelley's themes, including
a Jan. 28 showing of "The Golem,"
which influenced James Whale's 1931 classic
"Frankenstein" with Boris Karloff,
and the March 10 lecture "Choosing Our
Children's Genes," with UAlbany philosopher
and bioethicist Bonnie Steinbock. Co-sponsors
and participants include UAlbany's University
Libraries, the University Art Museum, the College
of Arts and Sciences, the Science Library Colloquia,
the Friends of the Libraries, the New York State
Writers Institute, Women's Studies, the Center
for Humanities and TechnoScience, the Department
of English, the Journalism program, and the
School of Information Science and Policy. All
events are free and open to the public. For
information and a complete schedule, visit http://library.albany.edu/imc/exh
or contact Colleen McAllister (518-442-3552
The National Library of Medicine, Bethesda,
Md., and the American Library Association, of
Chicago, Il., organized the traveling exhibition
with funding from the National Endowment for
the Humanities and the National Library of Medicine.
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