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Matthew Weedman, Assistant Professor of Art at Wabash College, presents It’s Alive! Electricity, Cinema and Metaphor in Frankenstein.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was sparked from amazing tales of galvanization: re-animating human tissue with man’s burgeoning power to wield electricity and excite a world barreling towards industrialization.

Professor Weedman will examine how the invention of electricity birthed the interconnected lives of Frankenstein and cinema as well as how this promethean symbol has evolved through film and proven itself critical to a society increasingly reliant on technology. He will discuss this history through images, clips and humorous tales of wild ambition.   

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the book.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.