200 Years of Frankenstein: Literature as a Lens for Science and Society, Past and Present

20apr9:00 am4:00 pm200 Years of Frankenstein: Literature as a Lens for Science and Society, Past and Present


Rubenstein Library Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153

411 Chapel Dr, Durham, NC 27705


(Friday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT+00:00) View in my time

Event Details


2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein.” The Duke community is invited to join Science & Society and the Duke Huang Fellows us as we explore cutting-edge topics at the intersection of science and society inspired by the fictional work.


9 – 9:30 a.m.: Coffee/breakfast, introductory remarks
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Panel #1: The (Post) Modern Prometheus: When does science and the quest for knowledge go too far?
Professors Arti Rai, Charles Gersbach, and Misha Angrist
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Break
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.: Panel #2: Hacking Evolution: What is “natural” in the age of CRISPR?
Professors Alexandra Sutton-Lawrence, Michael Lynch, and Stuart Pimm
Noon – 1:00 p.m.: Keynote, lunch: Featuring Deanna Koretsky
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.: Panel #3: The Uncanny Valley: What does it mean to be human?
Professors Dale Purves, Kurt Gray, and Michael Newcity
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Panel #4: Inclusion in STEM: How do ostracized individuals (like Frankenstein’s monster) insert themselves into society?
Professors Anne West, Bryan Batch and Nyote Calixte
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Closing remarks: Professor Buz Waitzkin, Deputy Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society


There’s More!

Join us prior to the Symposium, Thursday, April 19th, as the Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC) host “Science in the Movies: Happy Birthday, Frankenstein!” View Event Details. Admission is FREE!

In addition, a Frankenstein exhibit at the Rubenstein Library will be open to the public during the weeks leading up to the event.

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