Frankenstein Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Booth Library will host the traveling exhibition, "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature," from October 17 through November 22, 2005. The exhibition encourages audiences to examine Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, and its influence on science fiction, monsters and their place in history, and man playing God. Several educational programs, lectures, films, contests, and related exhibits are planned to coincide with the event.

The exhibition, funded through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is based on a large exposition produced by the National Library of Medicine, who then developed and helped fund the national traveling exhibition in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. In addition to exploring Mary Shelley and Frankenstein, the exhibition promotes reflection on the personal and societal views of "responsibility" as they relate to science and other areas of life.

Coinciding with the exhibition, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein will be the featured novel for Eastern's One Book, One University series for fall semester. Booth Library invites you to explore this fascinating exhibition, read the novel, and participate in the related discussions and activities. Visit Booth Library's website ( for additional information related to library hours and the schedule for concurrent events related to the exhibition or call the Reference Department at (217) 581-6072.