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Communiversity: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

In the Preface to the 1832 edition of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote: “And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper.” Shelley here anticipates the role that her “hideous progeny” (both the novel and the creature it describes) will have in popular culture for centuries to follow.

This one credit hour, online course provides students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community the opportunity to read and discuss Shelley’s first and best known novel. Taught by UIndy faculty, this course emulates a book club model while providing interdisciplinary and lifelong learning experiences for the UIndy campus and community.

Readings are limited to about 25 pages per week. The course is graded credit/no credit.  Online discussions are supplemented by a free, optional lecture and performance series featuring Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences faculty, as well as a keynote lecture by noted scholar and editor of the recent MIT Press edition of the novel Dr. Ed Finn.

Communiversity: Frankenstein is offered as part of Indiana Humanities' One State / One Story: Frankenstein program.

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the
Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book. 

Cost & course enrollment

The course is free for all who wish to take the course. Registration is closed for this semester, but please see the list below for the dates and times of upcoming free lectures and performances related to Frankenstein

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Lecture & performance series


As part of their mainstage series, the Theatre Department will present Austin Tichenor's stage adaptation of Frankenstein as well as an original play by K.T. Peterson, The Mary Shelley Project.

Performance dates:

Ransburg Auditorium
Preview: October 26

Opening: 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Oct. 28, Nov. 2-4, Nov. 9-11; 2 p.m. matinée Oct. 29, Nov. 5

The Mary Shelley Project
Ransburg Auditorium
Opening: 8 p.m. Oct. 31, discussion with playwright to immediately follow; 8 p.m. Nov. 7

Music Performance

Thanks to the generosity of Graveyard Records, we will screen Thomas Edison’s 1910 film adaptation of Frankenstein.  With support from an Interdisciplinary Performance Grant, the film will be paired with the world premiere of a new score by UIndy Music Professor John Berners, performed live.

Date: November 18, Ransburg Auditorium


Dr. Ed Finn, Arizona State University

September 25, 7 p.m.

Location: Health Pavilion Theatre, Room 138, 7 p.m.

Dr. Chad Martin, history

October 9, 7 p.m.

Location: Health Pavilion Theatre, Room 138, 7 p.m.

Dr. Abigail Mann, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

November 13

Location & Time: Health Pavilion Theatre, Room 138, 7 p.m.

Panel discussion: Dr. Jonathan Evans, Philosophy; Dr. Ann Cutler, Chemistry; Dr. Krista Latham, Biology & Anthropology

October 23

Location & Time: Schwitzer Student Center, Trustees Dining Room, 7 p.m.