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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature
In 1816, an Englishwoman still in her teens, Mary Shelley, conceived a story about a scientist obsessed with creating life. The scientist, Victor Frankenstein, succeeds. But while Frankenstein's creature can think and feel, he is monstrous to the eye. Spurned by all, the embittered creature turns into a savage killer. Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature explores the power of the Frankenstein story to expose hidden fears of science and technology—both in the original novel and shaped into new forms, such as plays, films, and comics. Captivating audiences for 200 years, as scientists have gained new knowledge, the Frankenstein story remains like a warning beacon, throwing its unsettling beam upon human efforts to penetrate the secrets of nature.
The online exhibition features a range of resources for educators and students, including lesson plans developed by classroom teachers for middle and high school classes, and a higher education module developed by scholars working in the discipline for undergraduate and graduate students and instructors.
Beginning June 2015, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature will be available as a traveling exhibition free of charge to interested libraries and cultural centers.