Upcoming Events

October 2018

Deep Humanities: Science, Gender & Equality
Cordelia Fine
Sponsored by The Knight Foundation

October 9, 2018, 7pm @ SJSU Hammer Theatre

Frankenstein Goes to the Movies: An Evening of Film + Q&A Panel 

Alison McKee hosting a variety of scholars and experts, including Katherine D. Harris, Scott Fosdick, J. Todd Ormsbee, Kirsten Brandt to discuss the wonder and legacy of Frankenstein in all forms of media.

October 18, 2018, 7pm @ SJSU Hammer Theatre
RSVP Required

Dissecting the Modern Man: Frankenstein Across the (Social) Sciences

October 18, 2018, 5-7pm
University of San Francisco, Berman Room, Fromm Hall

Join USF Faculty (AI, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Environmental Science) for an exploration of technology, innovation, humanity, and ethics across time and space, through the lens of Mary Shelley’s seminal work, Frankenstein. This panel will explore the ground-breaking novel from the perspectives of psychology, the environment, artificial intelligence and beyond, looking at the challenges posed by scientific advancement.

H.K. Gruber’s “Frankenstein!” for vocalist & chamber orchestra
performed by San Jose State University students

October 24, 2018, 7:30pm @ SJSU Hammer Theatre

From Fire to Film: Frankenstein Across the Humanities

October 25, 2018, 5-7pm
University of San Francisco, Berman Room, Fromm Hall

Join USF Humanities faculty (Classical Studies, Philosophy, Literature, Film Studies) for a discussion of the lurking presence of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein throughout intellectual traditions from antiquity to today. From the perspectives of philosophy, literature, classical mythology, and film, this panel will consider how a grotesque act of human creation quite literally raises from the dead age-old questions of morality, responsibility, and power.

Empress Theatre Film Club presents The Bride of Frankenstein

Oct 25, 2018 @ 7:30pm
330 Virginia St, Vallejo CA, Free


Guest speaker Audrey Shafer, MD Creating a Monster: The Frankenstein@200 Project

Frankenstein: The Radio Play Live – watch the production being performed!

On October 31, Frankenstein Radio Play Live will be aired on KSJS FM College Radio Station – broadcast of the previously-taped production

October 26, 2018, 7pm @ SJSU Hammer Theatre

More information – RSVP Required

A live reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – Kalmanovitz Amphitheater

FRANKENREADS  – October 31, 2018, 9am-6pm @ University of San Francisco

Each of the 21 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences at USF will be reading one chapter from Frankenstein on Halloween; students, staff, and faculty are all encouraged to present their departmental pride by reading in creative ways. The president of USF school, Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, will kick off the event at 9 am by reading Mary Shelley’s Introduction to the 1831 version of the novel (in which Shelley traces the genesis of her book in 1816). Another “unique” feature of this day is that we will be reading / listening to the novel as a university community in our very own classical Greek amphitheater. Halloween treats provided all day!

Frankenreads SCU Monster Read-a-Thon – “Hear my tale!”

October 31, 2018, 8am-6pm @ Santa Clara University, Library Arcade 

Sign up to be a reader during a Halloween read-a-thon of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) on Wednesday, October 31. Readers commit to read aloud for just 15 minutes (or more, if desired). A copy of the 1818 edition of the novel will be provided. Scroll down to select your reading time slot, between 8am and 6pm.

The reading will take place on the patio in front of Santa Clara University Library beginning at 8am, and it will last until 6pm or so. We ask that readers arrive 10-15 minutes early. There will be Halloween candy and lunch provided. The back-up location is the St. Clare room in the library in case of bad weather. Sponsored by the English Club and the English Dept. and the Library.


Join us for the Annual Poe Fest, a celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s incredible array of haunting poetry and prose. Attendees are invited to read, recite, and perform Poe’s stories and poems — will you be among those reciting “The Raven” this year?

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Driving directions, parking information, and campus available online.

November 2, 2018, 7-9pm @ The Spartan Memorial

Margaret O’Mara on “Silicon Politics”
sponsored by The Knight Foundation

November 7, 2018, 7pm @ SJSU Hammer Theatre


More Information – RSVP Required

Tobias Rees on “The Human After the Human”

November 26, 2018, 7pm @ SJSU Hammer Theatre


More Information – RSVP Required

Ongoing Events


Thursday, October 25 - Wedesnday, October 31

Frankenstein's Birthday Party
Patricia Piccinini, Rina Banerjee, Tim Hawkinson, Isabella Kirkland, Russell Crotty, Surabhi Saraf, Michael Light, John O'Reilly, Alan Rath, Cornelius Völker, William T. Wiley, Barbara Kruger, Kiki Smith, Edmund Clark, Janine Antoni, Julian Charrière, Bruce Conner, Louise Bourgeois

June 23 - August 11, 2018

The Age of Frankenstein
Edinburgh Napier University
A diverse array of events and activities on the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication

The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project
Arizona State University

Otto Blotto – Auto Auto
Who is responsible for a death by a self-driving car? Based on Frankenstein (see pg 153)
State of Washington
YMCA Youth and Government Mock Trial

Frankenreads is an NEH-funded initiative of the Keats-Shelley Association of America and partners to hold a series of events and initiatives in honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, featuring especially an international series of readings of the full text of the novel on Halloween 2018.


Past Events

August 2018

MAY 2018

Deep Humanities Symposium & Student Poster Session

May 1
King Library Room 225/229, San Jose State University

Free and Open to the Public

APRIL 2018

James Whale’s 1935 classic BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
co-featured with the original FRANKENSTEIN

Stanford Theater in downtown Palo Alto on April 20, 2018

Tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the screening.
Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors over age 65 and $5 for youth under 18y/o


Viral Culture: How CRISPR Genome Editing and the Microbiome are Reshaping Humanity and the Humanities
Date: April 27, 2018 at Pomona College in Claremont, California
Deadline for abstracts: February 23, 2018

MARCH 2018

March 6 - 11, 2018
San Francisco Ballet at the San Francisco Opera House

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Gattaca Screening

 Tuesday, March 6 at 5pm in Berkeley and Thursday, March 8 at 5pm in San Francisco


Mad Scientist Bio Convergence & Soldier 2050 Conference

March 8-9, 2018
Live Streaming


Frankenstein Marathon Reading at The Cathedral of Saint Mary

Saturday March 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption - Parish Hall
1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA

Sponsored by Books Inc.


"Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her 'Hideous Progeny'"

Professor Ellen Peel, Department of Comparative and World Literature and the Department of English, San Francisco State University

February 28, 2-4pm, San Jose State University

Frankenstein at the Ballet video playlist.

Tweets.  Instagram.




Frankenstein, The Musical

Opening October 2017

St. Luke's Theatre 
New York City, New York


New Work: Kerry Tribe features the premiere of Standardized Patient (2017)
October 7, 2017 – February 25, 2018


The Frankenstein Bicentennial at Washington University in St. Louis
October 13, 2017
Umrath Lounge, Danforth Campus, Washington University in St. Louis


Quite Frankly: It's a Monster Conference 

University Club of Western Australia
18-19 October 2018


Movie Night: 'Young Frankenstein'

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WHEREMenlo Park Library


October 27-29, 2017
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Halloween with Young Frankenstein and Featuring Anderson & Roe
October 29, 2017 at 7:00pm
Davies Symphony Hall


Piero Scarufi, cultural historian
Intelligence is Not Artificial: Why the Singularity is Not Coming Any Time Soon
PARC Forum, Xerox, Palo Alto, California

April 2017

The 4th Life Art Science Tech Festival (LAST festival)
April 7-8, 2017
SJSU Hammer Theatre Center

The 4th LAST is being produced in collaboration with San Jose State University’s Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge and Festival.

March 2017

Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest:
Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein Stories

Deadline March 20, 2017
Click HERE for more information

February 2017

Robots exhibit
Science Museum of London
February 8 - September 3, 2017

SF Ballet Pointes of View (POV) Lecture Series
Feb 22, 6 pm | Program 03 - Frankenstein

Litquake, the Bay Area's literary festival and San Francisco Ballet co-present Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her "Hideous Progeny." Professor Ellen Peel from the Comparative and World Literature Department at SF State reflects on the origin of Frankenstein. Shelley was often asked, 'how I, then a young girl, came to think of...so very hideous an idea,' Peel will address that question by looking at cultural and scientific forces in her day, and by considering Shelley's early life. Peel will comment on how the novel has managed to play so powerfully on our wishes and fears for two centuries, becoming a myth continually reborn in new avatars, now including a ballet.

Free and open to the public

Professor Ellen Peel's talk (audio)

January 2017

Uncanny Valley
January 20 - February 12
Pear Theatre

"Uncanny valley" refers to a sense of unease experienced when an artificial image or a humanoid robot appears almost — but not 'quite' — human. Portraying a synthetic being in the process of becoming a human analogue, the play explores the question of how we are redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century. 


The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley
LACE Emerging Curators Program
Exhibition Dates: January 5 – February 12, 2017

Curated by Virginia Broersma, Nick Brown and Kio Griffith

September 2016

Ms. Robot (Don’t Move Until I Come Back: The Future of Frankenstein)
September 16, 2016
West Wave Dance Festival at Z Space in San Francisco

Click HERE to view the performance.

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