Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Or Modern Prometheus (1818) with a special screening of the National Theatre Live play Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch directed by Danny Boyle, from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 30 at Rose Hills Theatre.

President Gabrielle Starr will provide an introduction followed by faculty presenters Jack Abecassis (Romance languages and literature and cognitive science), Karl Johnson (neuroscience), Kara Wittman (English and college writing) and special guest Nicolas Wanlin (École Polytechnique), who will give a talk in French earlier that day at 4:15 p.m. at Mason 220. Henry Greely, Stanford Professor of Law and Genetics, will give the keynote talk at 4:15 p.m. on October 29  in Hahn 101.

Shelly’s classic tale has become all the more relevant in the age of biotechnological revolutions--from 3D printing to stem cell research to CRISPR gene editing. While these technologies offer groundbreaking solutions in the field of medicine, they also raise serious bioethical concerns as well as the issue of what it means to be human today. Like José Clemente Orozco's Prometheus that adorns the wall of Pomona's Frary Dining Hall, Frankenstein warns us of the dangers of hubris and causes us to reflect upon our own humanity.

This event is sponsored by the Pomona College Humanities Studio; the Science, Technology and Society Program; the Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures, English, Linguistics and Cognitive Science; and the Paul Efron Lectureship.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
  • 170 E. Sixth Street
General Public
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Students
Claremont Colleges Community