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Livestream of Frankenstein kicks off commemorative events

September 20, 2018

KOKOMO, Ind. –  It’s liiive!

The Indiana University Kokomo Library, in partnership with the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Public Library, are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the classic novel Frankenstein, broadcasting local readers reading the entire book, via livestream.

Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, September 24, Frankenstein enthusiasts can tune in at iuk.edu/Frankenstein to watch and hear community leaders, business owners, and students read the novel, published in 1818 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. New readers will begin about every 15 minutes.

Cynthia Lipken, outreach coordinator for the IU Kokomo Library, noted that the livestream is part of One State/One Story, a statewide read offered in partnership with the Indiana State Library, and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It’s the only livestreamed reading being offered, she added.

“It’s important that we come together to read and discuss excellent literature,” she said. “When we have these discussions, we find out who we are as a community. We’re pleased to offer IU Kokomo’s resources to make this livestream possible, so the discussion is accessible for all.”

The last readers will begin at about 6 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, followed by a viewing of Thomas Edison’s Frankenstein silent movie, with live piano accompaniment.

IU Kokomo readers include Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke; Polly Boruff-Jones, dean of the Library; Hannah Bourne, student government president; Owen Callaghan and Nick Cottingim, student athletes; Mark Canada, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs; Sakski Dhasmand, student; Donna McLean, associate professor of communication arts; Kathleen Mills, parking clerk; James Rodgers, technical services librarian; Melinda Stanley, alumni association president; and Lipken.

At IU Kokomo, the event not only commemorates Banned Book Week, it also is the first in a series of Frankenstein events.

Others include:

  • 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 25: Mary Shelley and Us, a panel book discussion presented by the IU Kokomo English Club in the Library;
  • 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, September 27: Examining the Frankenstein narrative, a presentation by Donna McLean, associate professor of communication arts, Main Building Room 150;
  • 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, October 11: Pluripotent stem cell and tissue regeneration, discussion led by Peter Tupa, lecturer in mathematics, and Hisako Masuda, assistant professor of biochemistry, Main Building Room 150;
  • 1 to 2: 15 p.m. Tuesday, October 23: Asylum Aesthesis, led by Rachel Blumenthal, assistant professor of English, Main Building Room 150;
  • 1 to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 30: Artificial intelligence, led by Chen Zhong, assistant professor of informatics, Main Building Room 150;
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 6: American history and public perception of difference: freakery, fear, and popular culture, presented by Sarah Heath, associate professor of history, Library
  • 1 to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 28: The sociology of Frankenstein, presented by Stephanie Medley-Rath, assistant professor of sociology, Main Building Room 106.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 09/20/2018