Our speaker is Cassandra Bausman, Associate Professor of English at Trine University. We will have one Community Engagement Librarian in the room. Attendees will pre-register for the event via our website www.mphpl.org. Our target audience is adults, but we may also draw in teens. We will advertise to local area colleges (Indiana University South Bend, St. Mary’s, Bethel College, and Notre Dame).
Description of talk: Frankenstein and Jurassic Park share several intriguing themes, including the ethics of scientific process; the commercialization of scientific achievement; and the interplay of power, control, and respect for the natural world. This talk by Dr. Cassandra Bausman will explore these comparisons and consider how both stories help us think about the exciting yet potentially difficult relationship between scientific progress and imagination. Examining these Promethean tales celebrates Frankenstein’s remarkable staying-power and suggests that storytelling and science both share the centrality of imaginative vision, from Shelley’s groundbreaking work and Crichton’s juggernaut to Spielberg’s cinematic mastery.