Frankenstein Festival

Frankenstein Festival logoRitter Library presents "Frankenstein: 200 Years." Two centuries have passed since the world read of Dr. Frankenstein and his unethical exploits. Mary Shelley’s story, its origins and its influence will be featured in Ritter Library from September through Halloween.

The Festival includes an exhibit, screenings of the Boris Karloff films and public lectures by faculty on the topics of bioethics, philosophy, chemistry, outside influences on Shelley and the book’s impact on literature and film.

Schedule of Events

Exhibit Opening
Thursday, September 6, 4-7 p.m.
View the first illustrated edition of "Frankenstein," a copy of Shelley’s original handwritten manuscript, a life-size model of the monster created by Berea-Midpark High School students and original artwork inspired by the story.
Ritter Library

From Boris Karloff to Johnny Depp, Victor Frankenstein’s Monster Lives On
Thursday, September 6, 5 p.m.
Lecture presented by broadcasting professor Joe Tarantowski.
Ritter Library

Screening of "Frankenstein"
Thursday, September 13, 8:30 p.m.
Featuring Boris Karloff's "Frankenstein" (1931) with tiki torches and dry ice effects.
Student Activities Center (SAC)

The score of "Bride of Frankenstein"
Thursday, September 20, 3:10 p.m.
Lecture presented by music theory professor Dr. Gene Willet.
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

Screening of "Bride of Frankenstein"
Thursday, September 27, 8:30 p.m.
Featuring Boris Karloff's "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) with tiki torches and dry ice effects.
Student Activities Center (SAC)

The Molecules in the Monster
Wednesday, October 3, 3 p.m.
Lecture presented by chemistry professor Dr. Lisa Ponton.
Ritter Library

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Its Ethical Legacy
Thursday, October 11, 3:30 p.m.
Lecture presented by philosophy professor Dr. Kelly Coble.
Ritter Library

Born from Fire: How a Volcanic Eruption Led to the Creation of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein"
Wednesday, October 17, 3:30 p.m.
Lecture presented by geology professor Dr. Carrie Davis Todd.
Ritter Library

Book Discussion
Monday, October 22, 7 p.m.
A frightfully good discussion of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."
Cuyahoga County Public Library - Berea Branch, 7 Berea Commons, Berea

Rebels, Clones, and Androids: The Legacy of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
Thursday, October 25, 2 p.m.
Lecture presented by English professor Dr. Ana Boe with Q&A to follow.
Ritter Library

Monsters are Universal: Silver Screams in Hollywood’s Golden Age
Monday, October 29, 6:30 p.m.
Largely Literary Theater Company will give a presentation with lighthearted sketches, props and costume pieces. Q&A to follow. A book signing featuring Mark Dawidziak’s horror-centric titles included.
Cuyahoga County Public Library - Berea Branch, 7 Berea Commons, Berea

"Frankenstein" Read-a-thon
Tuesday, October 30, 12-8 p.m.
Join the attempt to read Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" in its entirety over the course of eight hours. Participation is free and open to the public. Drop in at any time. Participants are encouraged to read for 5 to 10 minutes. Prize drawings every hour. Sponsored by the BW Department of English.
Grindstone Room, Strosacker Hall, 12-1:30 p.m.
Ritter Library, 2-8 p.m.