Frankenstein@200

The year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. The novel is eerily relevant today as we face ethical dilemmas around appropriate use of stem cells, questions about organ donation and organ harvesting, as well as animal to human transplants. Additionally, the rise of artificial intelligence portends an uncertain future of the boundaries between machines and humans. Frankenstein@200, will be a year-long series of academic courses and programs including a film festival, a play, a lecture series and an international Health Humanities Conference that will examine the numerous moral, scientific, sociological, ethical and spiritual dimensions of the work, and why Dr. Frankenstein and his monster still capture the moral imagination today. This project will be sponsored by the Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program in partnership with the Stanford Humanities Center, the Stanford Arts Institute, the Office of Religious Life, the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Stanford Continuing Studies, the Cantor Arts Center, the Department of Art & Art History, and the Center for Biomedical Ethics.

We are still in the planning stages and welcome interested individuals or campus partners to contact Jacqueline Genovese at jmgeno@stanford.edu.

News of the Post Human

02/15/17, New York Times
--Teaching ‘Frankenstein’ With The New York Times
To mark the 200th birthday of “Frankenstein,” the NY Times updated their older Learning Network lessons with recent Times resources to pair with the text.  




01/25/17, IEEE Spectrum
--What Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Can Teach Engineers
Designing technology with the best intentions can still lead to disaster


Stanford Bookstore Meet the Author: Henry T. Greely
January 24 2017, 6:00pm
Stanford Bookstore

Join us for a book event with Stanford Professor Henry (Hank) T. Greely, celebrating his book, "The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction."



Frankenstein: 200 Years of Scientific Dread
Podcast by Robert Lamb and Christian Sager

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” has terrified the world for nearly two centuries, thanks to countless adaptations and the timeless nature of the 1816 text. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian discuss the modern world that this science-fiction horror classic emerged from and the dark shadow it continues to cast over scientific endeavor.




09/01/16, Stanford News
--Stanford-hosted study examines how AI might affect urban life in 2030
In the first of what will be a century-long series of periodic studies on artificial intelligence, top scientists say, “It is not too soon for social debate on how the fruits of an AI-dominated economy should be shared.”


08/25/16, The Washington Post
--Frankenstein lives, 200 years later



07/26/16, New York Times
--Building a Better Human With Science? The Public Says, No Thanks
A new survey shows distrust of scientists, a suspicion about claims of progress and discomfort with the idea of meddling with human abilities.


Lester D. Friedman, Ph.D. (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) and Allison Kavey , Ph.D. (CUNY John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center) published Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives (Rutgers University Press)


06/29/16, "Entitled Opinions (about Life and Literature)"
--Inga Pierson on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
A conversation with Dr. Inga Pierson about Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein.


06/23/16, Scope
--2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit panel to explore the future of artificial intelligence
As part of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which kicked off on campus yesterday, Stanford and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are presenting a panel discussion tonight (The Future of Artificial Intelligence) to explore the rapidly evolving field of artificial intelligence. Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor and professor of bioengineering, of genetics and of medicine, is one of the featured experts.


One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100)

The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, or AI100, is a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play.


05/19/16, artdaily.org
--The origin of Frankenstein exhibit taps into angst over science

To mark the 200 years since England's Mary Shelley first imagined the ultimate horror story during a visit to a frigid, rain-drenched Switzerland, an exhibit opens in Geneva Friday called "Frankenstein, Creation of Darkness"


Post-Anthropocentrism at Stanford: The State of the Question

Thursday, May 12, 2016 (All Day)

Stanford Humanities Center

Click HERE for more information


04/18/16, Stanford News

--Comics like Hellboy produce a heightened adventure of reading, Stanford scholar says

Using the Hellboy series as a touchstone, film and media studies Professor Scott Bukatman has discovered new ways to talk about comics while offering a heightened "adventure of reading."


U.S. National Library of Medicine Frankenstein Exhibition
Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature explores the enduring power of the Frankenstein story to expose hidden fears of science and technology—both in the original novel and shaped into new forms, such as plays, films, and comics. Captivating audiences for 200 years, as scientists have gained new knowledge, the Frankenstein story remains like a warning beacon, throwing its unsettling beam upon human efforts to penetrate the secrets of nature.


11/23/15, The New Yorker
--The Doomsday Invention

Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction? 


08/24/15, New York Times
--A Volcanic Eruption That Reverberates 200 Years Later

Investigators are still struggling to understand the most powerful eruption in recorded history, which gave rise to icy weather and pandemics, but also to great literature and art.