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Manchester celebrates 200 years of Frankenstein with panel, film

Frankenstein One State / One StoryNORTH MANCHESTER, Ind.  – Join Manchester University students, faculty and staff as they come together to celebrate the 200th birthday of a British classic, Frankenstein

Faculty members Dr. Katharine Ings, Dr. Seth Mayer and Dr. Christer Watson from the English, philosophy, gender studies and physics departments will conduct a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Cordier Auditorium.

The panelists will talk about how Frankenstein relates to their areas of study, and the ongoing significance of Frankenstein and his monster.

To carry on the theme of Frankenstein, the English Department’s Jonathan Watson will host a movie night featuring the 1994 version of Frankenstein starring Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh.

The movie is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in Room 101 of the Academic Center. A discussion will follow.

Jonathan Watson is an associate professor who teaches a class on cinema for social change. He also teaches about medieval literature, history of the English language, British literature, Arthurian literature, J.R.R. Tolkien, and about the Romantics and Victorians. 

Both presentations are part of Manchester’s Values, Ideas and the Arts series, which offers academic enrichment for students. 

When it comes to asking the hard questions at the heart of scientific investigation, perhaps no book has ever topped Frankenstein. Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities is bringing to life more than 600 unique, fun and thought-provoking programs across the state that invite Hoosiers to explore Mary Shelley’s remarkable 1818 novel.

Manchester’s English Department partnered with Indiana Humanities to offer related events this fall, including these presentations.

National Endowment for the HumanitiesOne State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About Manchester

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., is a northeast Indiana leader in health science education. It offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu . 

Press release prepared by Carly Kwiecieni, student intern in the Office of Strategic Communications.

October 2018