Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (National Library of Medicine)
This six-banner traveling exhibition explores the Birth of Frankenstein, the life of author Mary Shelley, the scientific search for the principle of life, and the transformation of the “monster” in popular culture.
On a dark and stormy night in 1816, Mary Shelley began writing a story that posed profound questions about individual and societal responsibility for other people. To make her point, the young novelist used the scientific advances of her era and the controversies surrounding them as a metaphor for issues of unchecked power and self-serving ambition, and their effect on the human community. Since that time, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has become one of the Western world’s most enduring myths. The story provides a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.
This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8:00am to 10:00pm
Southeast Campus, Judith J. Carrier Library
2100 Southeast Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76018