WashU’ Common Reading Program gets a mention in Inside Higher Ed: Bicentennial of the classic inspires its selection as common reading for freshmen. Other selections this year highlight the impacts of science and technology, regional geography, and injustice in society.
This year, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein turns 200. Washington University is celebrating the bicentennial with special events, conferences, film screenings and more. One of the organizers, Corinna Treitel, associate professor of history, is most excited about the conversations Frankenstein can spark.
“I thought celebrating the bicentennial would be a really great opportunity for a university like ours to create conversations between people who don’t normally talk to each other,” Treitel says. “The novel is often drawn into discussions about science and social responsibility, but it’s also a foundational text for thinking about otherness.”
The Monster’s Library, a new student-curated exhibit of Special Collections materials celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is now on display in Olin Library.