[Humanist] 31.327 events: seminars (UCL); public readings of Frankenstein

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 327.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>                        (16)
        Subject: STS Departmental Seminars (October-December), University
                College London

  [2]   From:    Neil Fraistat <fraistat at umd.edu>                          (52)
        Subject: Frankenreads

        Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:15:57 +0000
        From: Jon Agar <jonagar2000 at HOTMAIL.COM>
        Subject: STS Departmental Seminars (October-December), University College London

STS Departmental Seminars, Term 1

The Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), University College London, seminar series for the first term is as follows.

11 October 2017 Annamaria Carusi (Sheffield)

‘Organismic reshuffling:  chemicals, organisms and computers’

18 October 2017 Sir Peter Gluckman (Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister of New Zealand)

‘Can science advice be an effective bastion against the post-truth dynamic?’

1 November 2017  Aileen Fyfe (St Andrews)

‘The business of circulating knowledge: the Royal Society’s journals in the 20th century’

15 November 2017  Jacob Stegenga (Cambridge)

‘Medical nihilism’

6 December 2017 Stella Bruzzi (UCL)

Title TBC

All Term 1 seminars will take place in Malet Place Engineering 1.2, University College London. Tea at 4pm and talk from 4.30pm

All welcome.

Please forward to others if of interest.


        Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:05:42 -0400
        From: Neil Fraistat <fraistat at umd.edu>
        Subject: Frankenreads

Dear all,

As you may know, the year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the
publication of Mary Shelley’s *Frankenstein*, a seminal literary work that,
since its appearance, has influenced millions of people across the globe.
*Frankenstein* is a rare work of fiction in that it appeals to both novice
and expert readers alike, readers who represent both the breadth of human
diversity and a range of disciplinary interests and backgrounds. It is a
work that remains relevant to contemporary cultural debates concerning
issues ranging from biomedical technologies and the ethical questions they
raise to misperceptions and misrepresentations of the Other and their
impact on our shared humanity. *Frankenstein* sparks imagination and
critical thinking about the human experience, and thus it is perhaps no
surprise that it is the most widely taught literary text in the USA and the
fifth most widely taught book from any discipline.

To commemorate the bicentennial of the novel and also to harness its power
to generate and inspire communities of readers, the Keats-Shelley
Association of America (http://k-saa.org/) in partnership with the National
Endowment for the Humanities <https://www.neh.gov/> is launching
“Frankenreads”: a “Bloomsday”-style, national/international public reading
of *Frankenstein* on October 31, 2018. We hope to:

   - engage an international community, including but not limited to North
   America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific in related
   activities centering on the novel;
   - to make this community visible globally as a community through shared
   branding and social media;
   - to livestream a public reading of *Frankenstein* to be held in
   Washington, D.C. for those around the world who are unable to attend one in
   - to facilitate bringing regional experts of the novel to such events as
   lectures, discussions, and film showings held at local libraries and
   community centers;
   - to hold in the days leading up to Frankenreads an international “Week
   of *Frankenstein*,” during which students, teachers, and the public
   could hold *Frankenstein* related events and contribute their thoughts,
   images, and short videos about *Frankenstein* to a collective blog.

We now invite you now to join our core group of over 40 universities and
libraries from 10 countries by involving your university, local library, or
community center in participating.

To read more about strategies for hosting an event, see a select list of
related resources, and to register your own event, go to our dedicated
website: frankenreads.org.

We hope you will be joining us as host or participant!

All best,

Neil Fraistat
Professor of English & President,
Keats-Shelley Association of America
University of Maryland

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