Upcoming Events

April 2018

Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of Frankenstein

April 4, 2018 - August 5, 2018


Friday, April 6 @ 8:30 pm in the exhibit
(part of First Fridays Museum Opening for Stanford Community)

Poetry readings from Medicine and the Muse/Pegasus Physician Writers:

Emily Liu – medical student
Harika Kottakota – undergraduate
Michelle Liu, MD – fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Divya Chander, MD, PhD – faculty
Audrey Shafer, MD – faculty

7th Annual Conference on Robotics, Law, & Policy

April 12-14, 2018 @ Stanford Law School

We Robot fosters conversations between the people designing, building, and deploying robots, and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots operate. 

Is AI the New Frankenstein? With Ken Goldberg

Tueasday, April 17 @ 5 pm
Levinthall Hall

Free and open to the public.

11th Annual CISL Symposium
Keynote: David Gaba MD: Health Care Simulation – What is a Monster?
Workshop: Creating Monsters

Wednesday April 18, 2018
8:15 am - 2:00 pm

LKSC Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning

Free, RSVP cisl.stanford.edu

An Evening with Rebecca Skloot and members of Henrietta Lacks Family

April 19, 2018 @ 7:30 - 9:30 pm
CEMEX Auditorium

Tickets and information available at storytelling.stanford.edu after January 8. 

The 2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference will be held at Stanford University from April 20-22, 2018.

A celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an
exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the
relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.

Registration Required
Abstract Deadline
: November 1, 2017

Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein
Directed by Danny Boyle, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
Saturday April 21, 2018 @ 8 pm
Location: HERRINT175 at Herrin Hall

This event is free and open to the public. 

A Conversation about CRISPR with Jennifer Doudna

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 7 pm
CEMEX Auditorium

"How to Make a Monster: Frankenstein and Theater in the Twenty-First Century"
A Conversation with Radiohole

Tuesday, April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Prosse Studio Theatre

A Conversation with Aimee Bender

APRIL 30, 2018 - 7:00PM TO 8:30PM

May 2018

Homo Ex Machina

What constitutes identity? What do we owe those who love us? What do we owe ourselves?

Written and directed by Karola Kreitmair.

With Stephanie Crowley, Stephanie Whigham, Diana Roman, and Jake Goldstein.

Location: Prosser Studio, Memorial Auditorium @ Stanford University

Dates: May 3 - 6 @ 8 pm / May 6 @ 2 pm

You can buy tickets here.

What the Future Holds: In Conversation with Walter Mosley

May 15, 2018 - 7:00PM TO 8:30PM
Location: Cemex Auditorium (Tentative)
Admission: Free

September 2018

Healthcare Simulation — What is a Monster?

Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Grand Rounds 
September 17, 2018 6:45am LKSC 130

David Gaba, MD

Associate Dean for Immersive & Simulation-based Learning
Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine
Staff Anesthesiologist, Founder & Co-Director, Patient Simulation Center at VA Palo Alto Health Care System


November 2018

H. K. Gruber’s Frankenstein: St. Lawrence String Quartet and Friends

Saturday, November 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Bing Concert Hall

Past Events

MARCH 2018

Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - Lo And Behold
Documentary Film Screening with Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 7 pm

This event is free and open to the public. 


Life/Art/Science/Technology (LAST) Festival

March 23 - 24, 2018
Location: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Humanity, technology join hands in Life/Art/Science/Tech Festival at SLAC, Stanford News

LAST program


Your Computer is on Fire: Critical Perspectives on Computing and New Media

Friday, February 9 2018 
9:00am - 6:30pm

Talks include: Siri Practices Accent Bias, The QWERTY Keyboard is Racist (and Dumb), Sexism is a Feature, not a Bug, Skills Will Not Set You Free, Your AI is a Human, Networks Disobey Their Designs.


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - Stem Cell Revolutions
Documentary Film Screening with Panel Discussion
Tuesday February 13, 2018 @ 7 pm


Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The First 200 Years

Audrey Shafer, MD
Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Thursday February 15, 2018 @ 7 pm

Video to the presentation. 


Regulating the Dead: From Past to Present

Center for Law and the Biosciences Lunch Talk with Alix Rogers

Thursday, February 15, 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm


Philosophy Talk
Tuesday February 27 @ 7:30 pm
CEMEX Auditorium

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein raises powerful questions about the responsibilities of scientists to consider the impact of their inventions on the world. Are these questions as relevant now as they were 200 years ago? What insights, if any, should today’s technologists and disrupters glean from Shelley's story? What does it mean to take responsibility for one’s scientific or technological innovations? And what role should university educators play in ensuring that no new monsters are unleashed onto the world? The hosts have a monstrously fun conversation with Persis Drell, Provost and former Dean of Engineering from Stanford University.


A Writers Forum featuring Pegasus Physician Writers

Moderator: James Lock, MD, PhD
January 18, 2018; 6 pm – 7 pm

Stanford Scope Blog Post, Jasnuary 2018


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement 
Documentary Film Screening with Panel Discussion
Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 7 pm


Another Look: Frankenstein
Bechtel Conference Center in Encina Hall
January 24 @ 7:30 pm

Another Look will focus on the book as a literary work: a flowering of the romantic imagination, as well as a pioneering landmark in science fiction.


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - Westworld
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous

WHEN: December 14, 2017 (7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - Bride of Frankenstein & "Olympia” from Tales of Hoffmann
Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - My Fair Lady
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


The Mechanical Bride - Allison de Fren
Monday, November 13 @ 5:30 pm


What Did Silicon Valley Do to Democracy and the Media?
Monday, November 13 @ 7:00 pm


SYMPOSIUM: "AI, Automation, and Society" w/John Markoff, Arati Prabhakar, & Tenzin Priyadarshi
November 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - Die Puppe [The Doll]  & Making Mr. Right 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Frankenstein@200: Bite, Breathing, Beauty
Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Grand Rounds
11/20/2017, 6:45am-7:30am


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - Her & Ex Machina 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics Brown Bag

Playing with life
Hank Greely, JD

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - The Golem
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Orit Halpern, Concordia University, Canada
"Resilient Hope: Extraction, Speculation, and "Smart" Infrastructure”

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous

WHEN: October 5, 2017 (7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)


A Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler

October 5, 2017 - 7:00 - 8:30 pm


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - Robocop
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Frankenstein@200 Opening Colloquium: What is human? What is monster?
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Denise Gigante

Shane Denson

Aleta Hayes


Russ Altman 


Hank Greely


The Attractions of Disgust

Date: Wednesday October 25, 2017 


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - A.I.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Reading 1984 in 2017: Literary Criticism in the Community

October 26, 2017 


Elaine Ayers, Princeton University  

"Nature Resistant: Tracking the Strange History of the Corpse Flower in the Nineteenth-Century"
Thursday, October 26, 2017


The Future of Everything, SiriusXM radio show with Russ Altman, Interview with Audrey Shafer

Frankenstein’s Impact on Science
October 28, 2017


Jennifer Doudna, "Biology and Technology of CRISPR Systems"
When: Monday Oct. 30th @ 4 pm


Get Out Screening
When: Monday Oct. 30th (7-9pm)


Law and the Necrosciences: Frankenstein and Other Monsters
Tuesday October 31, 2017


Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - Blade Runner (1982)
Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Location: CEMEX Auditorium
*Part of Professor Scott Bukatman's Synthetic Humans Course (Film Studies 119/319 • Fall 2017)*


Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Herbert Lin: The Dark Side of the Digital Age
WHEN:Friday, September 29, 2017 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
WHERE:Bender Room, Green Library Map
ADMISSION: RSVP requested. Seating is limited.

Herbert Lin and Toomas Hendrik Ilves will discuss how cyber has become a daily part of our lives and how it has become even a part of our politics. They will explore the changes that have taken place in the past several years; what hacking really means, what the dangers are, and what we can do to make our lives safer and more secure.

August 2017

Ted Meyer: "Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars”
The Department of Chemical & Systems Biology and The Sterling Visiting Professorship presents Ted Meyer, "Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars." This project chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through accidents and health crises. Dates and times of the talks and workshops in this series are listed below:

Welcome and Introductory Talks
“A Patient Life”
Date: Monday, August 14
Time: 4–6 pm
Location: Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center, Stanford

Scarred for Life Workshop
Roundtable discussion on the representation of scars and the meaning and stories behind them. Prints of participants scars will be created.
Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 10 am
Location: CCSR 4105/4107, Stanford

The Collective Experience Workshop
Charting illnesses that have touched you, your family, and friends.
Date: Wednesday, August 16
Time: 10 am
Location: CCSR 4105/4107, Stanford

Concluding Talk and Presentation
“Art and Med”
Date: Thursday, August 17
Time: 4–6 pm
Location: Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center, Stanford

July 2017

Philosophy Talk: Driverless cars at the moral crossroads
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Radio: Sundays at 10am (pacific) on KALW 91.7 FM Local Public Radio, San Francisco

Podcast: Individual downloads via CDBaby and iTunes. Multipacks and The Complete Philosophy Talk via iAamplify

May 2017

The Future of Everything: Cars & Artificial Intelligence - LIVE! Presented by the Stanford School of Engineering and SiriusXM Radio
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
7pm – 8:30pm
Watch LIVE: https://www.facebook.com/stanford.engineering/
Watch later on our YouTube page
(This is a live recording of the radio show, which will be aired on SiriusXM Radio at a later date.)

March 2017

Film Screening - FIXED: The Science / Fiction of Human Enhancement
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 4:30 pm
Atrium of Thomas F. Peterson Building
Please RSVP by email

Sponsored by:
Camera As Witness, Stanford Arts, and the Mechanical Engineering Design Group

Film Series Sponsors: Maren Monsen, MD (Director of the Program in Bioethics and Film) and Diana Farid, MD (Assistant Director)

by Joseph Muehlbauer, permission to use granted by art owner Rex Veeder