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Release Date Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SD Mines Professor Leads Month of Frankenstein Festivities

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Hay Camp Brewing Co. - STEAM Café “Making a Monster: Frankenstein at 200.” South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Assistant Professor Laura Kremmel will discuss how “Frankenstein” was written during a time when science and humanities were not at odds. They were “simply ways of understanding the world.” The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will feature a reading from “Frankenstein” by the Hard Rockin’ Drama Club. 

 

RAPID CITY, SD (Oct. 15, 2018) – On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein,” South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is celebrating the famous monster with presentations, book discussions and more.  

SD Mines Assistant Humanities Professor Laura Kremmel, Ph.D., whose teaching and research focuses on the fields of gothic studies, Romanticism and the history of medicine, has lined up a variety of activities to celebrate the anniversary.  

“The novel offers a wide range of interpretations and experiences, allowing it to be read in different contexts and at different ages,” says Kremmel. “Not only does it present thought experiments about the limits of science and the relationship between creator and creation, but it also allows us to think about what makes us human and how difference is constructed. It makes a strong case for including the arts and humanities in STEM education by offering ways to think about these big questions as well as an example of what happens when they are neglected.”

Kremmel kicked off the anniversary celebration by narrating the Mines Music Department’s presentation of “Fantasy and Fright,” on Oct. 12, a concert that featured a student-made marimba as the “creature.” The remaining events are:

* 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Hay Camp Brewing Co. - STEAM Café “Making a Monster: Frankenstein at 200.” Kremmel will discuss how “Frankenstein” was written during a time when science and humanities were not at odds. Instead, they were “simply ways of understanding the world.” The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will feature a reading from “Frankenstein” by the Hard Rockin’ Drama Club. 

* 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Dahl Arts Center – Frankenstein Book Discussion. Open to the public.

* 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22; and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24; in Classroom Building – Frankenstein on Trial presentations by students. Open only to Mines students, staff and faculty.

* 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 – Screening of 1931 film “Frankenstein.” Open only to SD Mines students, staff and faculty. 

* 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 – Screening of film “Young Frankenstein.” Open only to Mines students, staff and faculty.      

To learn more about Kremmel’s work, visit her website here. To learn more about “Frankenstein,” visit FrankenReads by clicking here.

 

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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,654 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

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