Hiram College

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Wednesdays at 7 pm from September 5 through November 14 (no speakers on September 12 or November 7)

Fireside Chats Host Technology Entrepreneurs

LOCATION: Hiram College East Hall Forum

Join Hiram College’s Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship to hear from current start-ups and entrepreneurs working in the technology field about their innovative and exciting research and products.


Tuesday, September 11 — 7 p.m. | Keynote Speaker

Sporting with Life: Frankenstein and Technology

LOCATION: Hiram College Kennedy Center Ballroom

Lester Friedman, emeritus professor in the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, discusses how technological innovations nourish the Frankenstein family tree. He suggests that our constant need for Frankensteins tells us not how far we have come, but how little we have managed to balance the complex contradictions raised by our technological capabilities.


Thursday, September 13 — Noon

Annual Ethics Teach-In

LOCATION: Hiram College Campus Green (Rain Location: Dining Hall)

Engage in fascinating informal conversations with Hiram College faculty and staff members on a range of topics related to Frankenstein and technology.

All-you-can-eat lunch is available for $6.


Tuesday, September 18 — 5 p.m.

Book Discussion

LOCATION: Garrettsville Library

Join the Garrettsville Book Club for a lively discussion of Frankenstein, including a conversation with Hiram College Professor of Biomedical Humanities Erin Lamb about Frankenstein’s legacy in contemporary ethical debates about biomedicine and biotechnology.


Thursday, September 27 — 6:30 p.m.

Movie

LOCATION: Reed Memorial Library

See the 1931 movie adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which featuring Boris Karloff’s iconic portrayal of the tragic and memorable monster.


Monday, October 1 — 7 p.m. | Keynote Speaker

Rebuilding Books: Why Paperbacks Replaced Hardcovers

LOCATION: Hiram College Kennedy Center Ballroom

Historian Molly Guptill Manning discusses how publishers designed miniature ‘wartime edition’ paperbacks that fit inside a uniform pocket and provided entertainment to American troops in World War II. When the book industry only printed hardcovers, this trailblazing technology proved the utility and demand for a more convenient book format.


Wednesday, October 3 — 4:15 p.m.

Four Perspectives on Frankenstein

LOCATION: Hiram College Library Pritchard Room

Join Hiram College Professors Paul Gaffney, Kirsten Parkinson, and Janet Pope as they present four different views on Frankenstein. You’ll come away with new literary, historical, and medical ethics perspectives on Mary Shelley’s classic novel.


Wednesday, October 3 — 6 p.m.

Four Perspectives on Frankenstein

LOCATION: Garrettsville Library

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The Life of Mary Shelley and the Origins of Frankenstein
Author Mary Shelley’s life was almost as dramatic as the stories she wrote. Join Hiram College Professor of English Kirsten Parkinson to learn about Shelley’s upbringing and the exciting events that led to her writing Frankenstein—as a teenager.


Thursday, October 4 — 7 p.m.

FrankenEthics

LOCATION: Kent Free Library

Hiram College Professor of Biomedical Humanities Erin Lamb offers an exploration of Frankenstein’s legacy in contemporary ethical debates about biomedicine and biotechnology. To register, contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.


Tuesday, October 9 — 6:30 p.m.

Monstrous Progeny?: The Science and Ethics of Cloning

LOCATION: Aurora Memorial Library

Building on Frankenstein’s exploration of scientific creation, Hiram College Professor of Biology Nick Hirsch provides an overview of the science and ethics of cloning.


Thursday, October 11 — Noon

Book Discussion

LOCATION: TBA

Join Hiram College Professor of English Willard Greenwood for a riveting discussion of Frankenstein.


Thursday, October 11 — 6:30 p.m.

Movie

LOCATION: Kent Free Library

This 2017 film (rated PG-13) directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour tells the story of Mary Shelley and her fiery relationship with Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. At Lord Byron’s house party on Lake Geneva, guests engage in telling ghost stories, and Shelley creates her famous character, who impacts literature and popular culture for centuries to come.


Monday, October 15 — 7 p.m.

Modern Prometheus or Last Renaissance Magus?

LOCATION: Reed Memorial Library

Why did early scientists think they could turn metal into gold? Donald Fleming from Hiram College’s History Department will explore the links between Frankenstein and Early Modern alchemy and occult philosophy.


Tuesday, October 16 — 7 p.m. | Keynote Speaker

Resurrection Men: Life and Death at the Limits of Tech

LOCATION: Hiram College Kennedy Center Ballroom

Death is the one leveler of human experience, and much science and technology aim toward staving off the inevitable. What are the consequences of technological change? Do we ever over-reach? Where are the limits of what science can—and should—accomplish? Author and historian Brandy Schillace looks at three stories: an 18th-century battle over frogs, a 19th-century fascination with grief, and a 20th-century brain surgeon’s “mad” idea. Each reveals the alternating desire and dread of life at the limits. Come meet the “real” Frankensteins.


Tuesday, October 16 — 7 p.m.

Book Discussion

LOCATION: Kent Free Library

Join the Read the Classics Book Club for a lively and engaging discussion of Frankenstein. Stop by the Check Out Desk for a copy of the book.


Thursday, October 18 — 7 p.m.

Selections from Frankenstein’s Bride

LOCATION: Hiram College Hayden Auditorium

Listen to the script writers and song writers, actors, and vocalists of the original musical theatre production Frankenstein’s Bride discuss and deliver their work prior to the show’s world premiere on Saturday, October 27. This performance will be a multi-genre evening of original rock, rap, ballads, and “stripped” acoustic songs.


Tuesday, October 23 — 6:30 p.m.

Frankenstein and the Spark of Life

LOCATION: Burton Public Library

In Hollywood, Frankenstein is brought shambling to life by a bolt of lightning. But how does your body really use electricity? In this talk by Hiram College Professor of Chemistry Steven Romberger, discover how you really use “the spark of life.”


Wednesday, October 24 — 2 p.m.

Book Discussion

LOCATION: Aurora Memorial Library

The Aurora Memorial Library staff will lead an engaging discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.


Thursday, October 25 — 6:30 p.m.

The Scientific History of Frankenstein

LOCATION: Burton Public Library

Frankenstein taps into concerns about the dangers of science and the overreach of human knowledge. Hiram Professor of English Kirsten Parkinson will discuss the science of Mary Shelley’s era and its influence on Frankenstein.


Thursday, October 25 — 7 p.m.

Book Discussion

LOCATION: Reed Memorial Library

Join the Reed Memorial Library staff for a compelling discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.


Friday, October 26 — 4 p.m.

Franken-Toys

LOCATION: Reed Memorial Library

Bring broken toys back to life by splicing them together to form something crazy. Bring your own broken toys. We will provide the tools and supplies to take them apart and put them back together. We’re also accepting donations of old dolls or action figures to use for this project. Grades 6-12. Registration required.


Saturday, October 27 — 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Frankenstein Laboratory and Trick or Treat

LOCATION: Reed Memorial Library

Stop by for treats at each of our service desks, and complete ghoulish science experiments and crafts in our Storytime room.


Saturday, October 27 — 7 p.m.

Frankenstein’s Bride

LOCATION: Streetsboro High School

Thrive presents Frankenstein’s Bride: a world premiere, musical theatre production. Thoughtful dialogue, rock, rap, emotional ballads, elaborate staging and striking special FX will take attendees on an ethical exploration of human potential, pride, and the possible pitfalls of invention, inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Tickets available for $12 each at http://www.thrivepro.org.


Monday, October 29 — 7 p.m.

Movie

LOCATION: Hiram College Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout-Price Hall

See the 1931 movie adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which featuring Boris Karloff’s iconic portrayal of the tragic and memorable monster, then engage in a riveting discussion about the film with Hiram College students and faculty members.


Tuesday, October 30 — 6:30 p.m.

Movie

LOCATION: Reed Memorial Library

Join us for the 1994 film (rated R) inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein starring Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulce, and Helena Bonham Carter. Director Branagh provides an emotionally complex and terrifying movie.


Tuesday, October 30 — 7 p.m.

Story Slam: “I Am Not a Monster!”

LOCATION:Kent Free Library

“Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?”
—The Creature, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Have you ever been misunderstood? Your motives misinterpreted? Have you been judged? Or have you been the one whose perception of another was way off? Maybe you were even responsible for someone’s behavior or very being, although you couldn’t quite recognize the person they’d become. Come prepared to share a true, personal story, 5 – 10 minutes long on the theme of I Am Not a Monster! Stories and language should be appropriate for a general audience. As many story tellers as time allows will get to tell their story. Listeners are welcome. No registration is required


Saturday, November 3 — 7 p.m.

Frankenstein’s Bride

LOCATION: Streetsboro High School

Thrive presents Frankenstein’s Bride: a world premiere, musical theatre production. Thoughtful dialogue, rock, rap, emotional ballads, elaborate staging and striking special FX will take attendees on an ethical exploration of human potential, pride, and the possible pitfalls of invention, inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Tickets available for $12 each at http://www.thrivepro.org.