‘Frankenstein’ exhibit, talks explore what it means to be human


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. —The University of Louisville Kornhauser Health Sciences Library is starting a yearlong celebration of its 175th anniversary with free, public events. The first of them, “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature,” a panel exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, will open Feb. 15 at the library, 500 S. Preston St., and run through March 21.

    The exhibit centers on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, “Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus.” It focuses on the author and the story’s different presentations since the original book’s publication. It also explores how the monster often provides a framework for discussion of biomedical advances that challenge people’s traditional understanding of what it means to be human.

    Karen Hadley, associate professor of English, will talk about Shelley at the opening reception, Friday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., in the Kornhauser Library History Room. Hers is the first of five talks Kornhauser has put together to complement the exhibit. Here’s the rest of the schedule: