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May 19, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Young
734.487.4400
pamela.young@emich.edu

Frankenstein exhibit visits Eastern Michigan
through June 22

YPSILANTI — For nearly two centuries, the story of Frankenstein has gripped imaginations and haunted nightmares. Now, one of the most enduring myths of the western world - Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" - is the focus of a new traveling exhibition, "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature," which runs through June 22 at Eastern Michigan University's Bruce T. Halle Library.

The library, located on EMU's main campus in Ypsilanti, is one of only two libraries in the state of Michigan hosting the exhibit. The Clinton Macomb Public Library, in Clinton Township, will host the exhibit July 7 - Aug. 20.

"Frankenstein is truly a story for twenty-first century America. It is not simply a story about an out-of-control scientist, but is a human interest tale of ambition, idealism, revenge and forgiveness," said Julia Nims, information services librarian. "We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition since it was very competitive."

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein to show society what happens when power is abused, knowledge is hidden and members of a community do not take responsibility for one another, added Nims.

To supplement the exhibition, EMU will host the following series of movies and lectures on the topic. These events are free and open to the public.

  J. Marshall Thomsen, professor of physics and astronomy at EMU, will discuss        "The Portrayal of Science by the Media: Creation, Beast or Monster?" Thursday, June 3, 7 p.m., Halle Library.

  The library will host the 1931 movie "Frankenstein," the first film interpretation of the story, Tuesday, June 8, 7 p.m., Halle Library.

  Russell B. Olwell, assistant professor of history at EMU, will present "Who is the Real Monster? Scientists Experiment on Themselves, Others and Society, 1900 - Present," Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m., Halle Library.

  The 1994 film, "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," will be shown Tuesday, June 15, 7 p.m., Halle Library; and

  The 1931 film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which shows what science might unleash in man, is Tuesday, June 22, 7 p.m., Halle Library.

"Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature" was organized by the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition is made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Library of Medicine.

For more information on EMU's exhibit, call 734.487.0020, ext 2139 or visit the virtual tour of the display at www.emich.edu/halle/frankenstein/index.html


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