Past Event

Gala Opening Reception for Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature Exhibition


-Welcome by Allen Lanham, Dean of Library Services

-Remarks by Blair Lord, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

-Welcome to the Literature Conference, by David Raybin, English Department

-Introduction to the exhibit by Betty T. Bennett of the American University

-Light refreshments and thematic surprises

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Booth Library will host this traveling exhibition, from October 17 through November 22, 2005 .

The exhibition encourages audiences to examine Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, and its influence on science fiction, monsters and their place in history, and man playing God. Several educational programs, lectures films, contests and related exhibits are planned to coincide with the event.

The exhibition, funded through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is based on a large exposition produced by the National Library of Medicine, which then developed and helped fund the national traveling exhibition in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. In addition to exploring Mary Shelly and Frankenstein, the exhibition promotes reflection on the personal and societal views of “responsibility” as they relate to science and other areas of life.

Booth Library invites you to explore this fascinating exhibition, read the novel, and participate in the related discussions and activities. Visit Booth Library’s website for additional information related to library hours and the schedule of concurrent events related to the exhibition or call the Reference department at (217) 581-6072.

For further information, read Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature by Susan E. Lederer and Elizabeth Fee.

For further information please call 217-581-5116.