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Listed below are calendars for events, invited speakers, and scheduled films that the UCF Libraries will host during the Frankenstein Exhibit, October 22 - December 10, 2004. Click on the green dates in the calendars below for information on that day's happenings.

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Click here for a stampable list (PDF) of over 20 Frankenstein Happenings for possible extra credit in your courses. Check with your faculty.

 

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Photo of Eric Main and Jane Compson

Eric Main & Jane Compson

Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 2:30-4:00 pm
Faculty Center, CL 1, Room 207

Freeing the Creature:
Faculty Workshop
Mr. Eric Main of UCF's Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (joined UCF in 1999) and Dr. Jane Compson from the Department of Philosophy (joined UCF in 2003) will present a workshop on the Frankenstein story as it can be understood as a cultural expression of humanity’s alienation from other beings and systems in the biosphere. Industrialization has exacerbated an anthropocentric view in which the environment is often seen as a frightening ‘other’, something to be ‘tamed’ and ‘controlled’. Like Victor Frankenstein, life is stolen to create replicas of the real thing, from genetic modification to fake plastic trees. This seminar will explore some of the causes and the effects of this alienation, including a discussion of how the culture-wide disengagement is manifested in the classroom. How might creativity be used to reconnect with the creatures and our common environmental contexts?


Photo of Kristina Tollefson
Kristina Tollefson

Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 4-5:30 pm
Library, Room 223

Creating a Monster: Fright Make-up for Amateurs

Ms. Kristina Tollefson will demonstrate fright make-up techniques just in time for Halloween. She is an Assistant Professor, Resident Costume Designer, and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies for the Theatre Department at UCF. She holds an MFA from Purdue University in Costume Design and Technology and has been at UCF since 2000. She is the recipient of three American College Theatre Festival Design awards and moderates the email listserv for the Costume Design & Technology Commission for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, which puts her in daily contact with over 400 costuming professionals worldwide.

Visit Kristina Tollefson's website at: http://www.tollefsondesigns.com


Photo of Scott Sylvester and his creation
Scott Sylvester
& his creation

Tuesday, October 26, 2004, approximately 5:15-5:30 pm
Library, Room 223

Following Ms. Tollefson's demonstration, Mr. Scott Sylvester, Orlando creator of a seven-foot Frankenstein - inspired statue, will briefly discuss his techniques and show fright masks he has made. The statue is now on display in the Library, 2nd floor.


Photo of iTeam
iTeam Interactive
Performance Lab

Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 12:30-2 pm
Library, Second Floor (near Reference Desk)

iTeam: The Interactive Frankenstein Experience
The iTeam from UCF's Interactive Performance Lab will present a variety of Frankenstein-themed experiences on the second floor of the main library. Developed as a collaboration between Digital Media, Theatre, and Film, faculty members J.J. Ruscella (Theatre) and Jeff Wirth (Digital Media) will direct the iTeam's performances of scripts developed by students from the Interactive Writing class of Lori Ingle (Film). Viewers will be invited to observe or to become active participants if they dare. Each story-experience will last approximately 30 minutes.

Visit the iTeam website at: http://www.cas.ucf.edu/iplay/index.php


Photo of Eric Main and Jane Compson

Eric Main & Jane Compson

Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 2:30-4:00 pm
Faculty Center, CL 1, Room 207

Freeing the Creature:
Faculty Workshop
Mr. Eric Main of UCF's Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (joined UCF in 1999) and Dr. Jane Compson from the Department of Philosophy (joined UCF in 2003) will present a workshop on the Frankenstein story as it can be understood as a cultural expression of humanity’s alienation from other beings and systems in the biosphere. Industrialization has exacerbated an anthropocentric view in which the environment is often seen as a frightening ‘other’, something to be ‘tamed’ and ‘controlled’. Like Victor Frankenstein, life is stolen to create replicas of the real thing, from genetic modification to fake plastic trees. This seminar will explore some of the causes and the effects of this alienation, including a discussion of how the culture-wide disengagement is manifested in the classroom. How might creativity be used to reconnect with the creatures and our common environmental contexts?


Cinema Series!
Young Frankenstein

Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 8 pm
Outdoors on the Mall (between CL 1 and HPA 1)
(In case of rain: Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom A & B)

Movie!  The Mel Brooks comedy Young Frankenstein (1974, 106 minutes) The film will be introduced by Dr. Mary Johnson of the School of Film and Digital Media. Preceding the movie, the winning film from the UCF Student Frankenstein Film Competition will be shown and the winner recognized.


Photo of iTeam
iTeam Interactive
Performance Lab

Thursday, October 28, 2004 12:30-2pm
Library, Second Floor (near Reference Desk)

iTeam: The Interactive Frankenstein Experience
The iTeam from UCF's Interactive Performance Lab will present a variety of Frankenstein-themed experiences on the second floor of the main library. Developed as a collaboration between Digital Media, Theatre, and Film, faculty members J.J. Ruscella (Theatre) and Jeff Wirth (Digital Media) will direct the iTeam's performances of scripts developed by students from the Interactive Writing class of Lori Ingle (Film). Viewers will be invited to observe or to become active participants if they dare. Each story-experience will last approximately 30 minutes.

Visit the iTeam website at: http://www.cas.ucf.edu/iplay/index.php


FCTL Halloween Poster
Frankenstein Party
 at FCTL

Friday, October 29, 2004, 11-1 pm
CL I, Room 207

Frankenstein Party at FCTL
Put on your Halloween costumes and join the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning for their famous Halloween Open House, this year with a Frankenstein theme. Refreshments and a good time assured!

 


Photo of Lesley Ann McMillen and Melissa Lanzone

Friday, October 29, 2004, 12-1 pm
Library, Room 223

Frankenstein and Organ Donation: Myth versus Fact
Lesley Ann McMillen, Public Education Coordinator for TransLife (Central Florida's organ and tissue donation and kidney transplant program) will join UCF Get Carded Co-Director Melissa Lanzone, to discuss the myths and facts surrounding organ and tissue donation. Ms. McMillen graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. She joined TransLife in 2002 to help spread the word about the greatest gift -- LIFE. Ms. Lanzone is a junior majoring in Public Relations. She joined Get Carded in 2002. Get Carded is a statewide college campaign that promotes organ and tissue donation. It began in 1997 at the University of Central Florida and has expanded to five other Florida state universities.

Visit the Get Carded website at: http://getcarded.org


Photo of Dr. Rick Schell
Rick Schell

Friday, October, 29, 2004, 7-9 pm
Library, Second Floor

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Opening Reception for the traveling exhibit, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature. Presented by Dr. John (Rick) Schell, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at UCF. Dr. Schell has been at UCF since 1987, beginning his career here as Chair of the English Department. He has a PhD in English from Vanderbilt. His special literary interest is Shelley.

Winners of the UCF Student Frankenstein Short Story Competition and the Ten Minute Play Competition will receive their awards. There will be a short reading from the winning short story and a complete reading by actors of the Ten Minute Play.

Visit the American Library Association Frankenstein website at:
http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/currentprograms/frankenstein/
frankensteinpenetrating.htm


Photo of Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar
Alison Morrison-Shetlar

Tuesday November 2, 2004, 12-1 pm
Library, Room 223

Creating Life from the Lifeless: the Art of Cloning

Presented by Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.  Dr. Morrison-Shetlar holds a Ph.D in Biomedical Science.
 

Visit Dr. Morrison-Shetlar's website at: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/staff/morrison/index.html


Photo of Harry Wise
Harry Wise - Then & Now

Wednesday, November 3, 2004, 12-1 pm
Library, Room 223

I Was Frankenstein's Monster! Orlando's Mr. Magic, Harry Wise, reminisces and does prestidigitation
Mr. Harry Wise, retired magician, TV and film personality, and actor performs magic and reminisces. He was best known in Orlando for his work on a children's TV show as 'Mr. Magic in the 1960's. However, he spent most of his fascinating career touring his stage show, Dr. Jekyl's Weird Show (which ran before, in between, and after triple feature horror films) all over the US and Canada; and playing Frankenstein's Monster in theatres all over the country in a stage adaptation of Frankenstein

His biography The True Story of Magician Harry Wise: A Wizard's Tux and Tales by Charlie Carlson, was just published in 2004. Seminole County Historical Museum has a permanent display of much of his memorabilia. Mr. Wise's show business acquaintances included Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi and other greats of the horror genre.


Dr. Michael Bass
Michael Bass

Thursday, November 4, 2004, 12-1 pm
Library, Room 223

What Science Did Mary Shelley Know and When Could She Have Known It?

Presented by Dr. Michael Bass, Professor Emeritus of Optics, and co-creator of a course entitled, "The Culture of Science" that traces developments in science and the unexpected ways in which they affect our society. Among his work in quantum electronics is the co-inventing of the YA103 laser host and the use of fiber optics and lasers for the treatment of internal bleeding and tumors. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Michigan and has been on the faculty of UCF since 1988.


Photo of Mark Kruger
Mark Kruger

Monday, November 8, 2004, 1-2 pm
Honors Luncheon Guest: Mark Kruger (Invitation Only)


Monday, November 8, 2004, 2-3 pm
Communications Bldg, Room 145

Aspiring Screenwriters Mini-Workshop with Mark Kruger - Bring your questions!


Monday, November 8, 2004, 7 pm
Library, Room 223

Scary Movies and the Screenwriters Who Create Them
Presented by Mark Kruger, screenwriter from Los Angeles whose credits include the Hallmark miniseries Frankenstein (premiering on October 5 and 6, 2004 on the Hallmark Channel), Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), Drowning Ruth (2000), Calling All Monsters (1999), and many others. He has had the pleasure of working with Wes Craven and Clive Barker. Mr. Kruger has an MBA from the Columbia School of Business and is a member of the Writers' Guild of America. Currently, he is writing for the new supernatural thriller series, Revelations starring Bill Pullman and Natascha Mcelhone, and his CBS movie The Dead Will Tell starring Anne Heche just got the green light.

His presentation will be followed by Thomas Edison's Frankenstein, and then a premiere of all the entries to the UCF Student Frankenstein Film Competition.


Cinema Series!
Thomas Edison's Frankenstein

and
Premiere of the
UCF Student Frankenstein Film Competition entries

Monday, November 8, 2004, approximately 8:30 pm
Library, Room 223

Movie!  This was cinema's first Frankenstein film, created by inventor Thomas Edison (1910, 15 minutes). It was feared lost forever until a copy was discovered in the 1980's. Film will be introduced by Barry Sandler of the School of Film and Digital Media.

It will also be followed by the premiere of all the entries to the UCF Student Frankenstein Film Competition.


Photo of Dr. Henry Daniell
Henry Daniell

Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 12-1 pm
Library, Room 223

Biotechnology: Boon or Bane?

Presented by Dr. Henry Daniell, Professor & Trustee Chair, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology. Most important of his contributions are the engineering of transgenic plants that produce pharmaceuticals to treat cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hepatitis, as well as vaccines for anthrax, plague, cholera, and other bio-terrorism agents. He has secured $10 million in research funding and was recently elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in Italy. Dr. Daniell has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Madras and has been at UCF since 1998.

Visit Dr. Daniell's website at: http://daniell.ucf.edu/

For information about Dr. Daniell's new Fall 2004 course, visit his  Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering page.


Photo of scales

Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 7 pm
Library, Room 223

Bioethics Panel Discussion

Dr. Ronnie Hawkins, Department of Philosophy, Dr. Leslie Lieberman, Department of Anthropology, and Dr. Randy Tompkins, Florida Hospital College of Health Services with Stephan Ihde, Nicholson School of Communication, as moderator.

 

Visit the Geneforum website at: http://www.geneforum.org  This newly created site was developed by Greg Fowler, Professor of Biology at Portland State University especially for libraries hosting the Frankenstein traveling exhibit. The site was created to "promote civic discourse about genetic policy developments through public education, engagement, and consultation"  and to inform citizens of the Gene Age.


Photo of Dr. Rick Schell
Rick Schell

Sunday, November 14, 2004, 1:00 pm
Downtown at Orlando Public Library - Library Central
101 E. Central Blvd. (407-835-7323)

It was a Dark and Stormy Night
A reprise of Dr. Rick Schell's October 29th presentation given as part of the exhibit's opening reception.


Photo of Joanne Pransky
Joanne Pransky

Monday, November 15, 2004, 1-2 pm
Honors Luncheon Guest: Joanne Pransky (Invitation Only)


Monday, November 15, 2004, 3-4 pm
Library, Room 223

The Frankenstein Complex and Its Impact on Robotics
Presented by "Dr." Joanne Pransky, The World's First Robotic Psychiatrist®, who brings Isaac Asimov's science fiction character - robopsychologist Susan Calvin, to life (from his classic, I Robot.)  Joanne Pransky appears on radio and television to discuss the emotional aspects and psychological implications of a society where robots are part of everyday life. She has been involved in the robotics industry for the past 18 years, and has served as the senior sales and marketing executive for an industrial robot company, as a judge on Comedy Central's BattleBots, and is the U.S. Associate Editor for Industrial Robot Journal and the new International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery.

Visit Joanne Pransky's website at: http://www.robot.md


Photo of Harry Wise
Harry Wise - Then & Now

Tuesday, November 16, 2004, 11-12 noon
Part of the lecture series for participants in LIFE --
(Learning Institute for Elders) at UCF -- Invitation Only

I Was Frankenstein's Monster! Orlando's Mr. Magic, Harry Wise, reminisces and does prestidigitation
Mr. Harry Wise, retired magician, TV and film personality, and actor performs magic and reminisces. He was best known in Orlando for his work on a children's TV show as 'Mr. Magic in the 1960's. However, he spent most of his fascinating career touring his stage show, Dr. Jekyl's Weird Show (which ran before, in between, and after triple feature horror films) all over the US and Canada; and playing Frankenstein's Monster in theatres all over the country in a stage adaptation of Frankenstein

His biography The True Story of Magician Harry Wise: A Wizard's Tux and Tales by Charlie Carlson, was just published in 2004. Seminole County Historical Museum has a permanent display of much of his memorabilia. Mr. Wise's show business acquaintances included Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi and other greats of the horror genre.


Photo of Dr. Bette Tallen
Bette Tallen

Tuesday, November 16, 2004, 12-1 pm
Library, Room 223

You, Me, and The Other: Frankenstein and Diversity
Explores the tangible benefits to you and me of not only understanding, but fully embracing The Other.  Presented by Dr. Bette Tallen from the Office of Diversity Initiatives. She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan and has been on the faculty of UCF since 1999.

 

Visit the Office of Diversity Initiatives website at: http://diversity.ucf.edu


Cinema Series!
UCF Student Frankenstein Film Competition entries

and

Abbott & Costello
Meet Frankenstein

Tuesday, November 16th, 7 pm
Library, Room 223

Preceding Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, there will be a showing of all entries to the UCF Student Frankenstein Film Competition.

Tuesday, November 16th, approximately 7:30 pm
Library, Room 223

Movie!  Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, a comic horror film in which Abbott and Costello encounter Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and a mad scientist. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi.  Universal, (1948, 83 minutes). The film will be introduced by Tom Begley of the Theatre Department.


Photo of Dr. Caroline Picart
Kay Picart

Wednesday, November 17,  2004, 1-2 pm
Honors Luncheon Guest: Kay Picart (Invitation Only)


Wednesday, November 17 2004, 7 pm
Library, Room 223

Cinematic Legacy of Frankenstein: Gender, Power, Horror, Humor
A multimedia presentation by Dr. Caroline (Kay) Picart, a philosopher and former molecular embryologist educated in the Philippines, England, and the U.S. She is currently an Associate Professor of English and Courtesy Associate Professor of Law at Florida State University and has been there since 2000. She is the author of three recent books on Frankenstein films and several books on Nietzsche.

Visit Dr. Picart's website at: http://www.drpicart.com/a/


Cinema Series!
Frankenstein

Wednesday, November 17th, at approximately 8:30 pm
Library, Room 223

Movie Frankenstein, the best known adaptation, though not the most faithful to Mary Shelley's novel, about the scientist who creates a terrifying monster.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clark, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye. Universal, (1931, 71 minutes).

Film will be introduced by Dr. Kay Picart of Florida State University.


Photo of Ben Bova

Ben Bova

Thursday, November 18, 2004, 7 pm
Live Oak Room in the Student Resource Center Complex
(Near the large Marketplace Dining Room)

Predicting the Future through Science Fiction: Frankenstein Refuted

Presented by science fiction writer Dr. Ben Bova, a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, former editor of "Analog" and other science fiction publications. He is author of more than a hundred works of science fiction and fact.

Visit Dr. Bova's website at: http://www.benbova.net


Friday, November 19, 2004, 12 -1 pm
Honors Luncheon Guest: Dr. Ben Bova (Invitation Only)


Photo of Dr. Shaun Gallagher
Shaun Gallagher

Monday, November 22, 2004, 12-1 pm
Library, Room 223

Frankenstein's Three Brains: Cognitive Neuro-Science-Fiction

Presented by Dr. Shaun Gallagher, Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department and Director of the Cognitive Sciences Program, and Co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal "Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences". His research interests include phenomenology and philosophy of Mind, cognitive sciences, hermeneutics, and theories of the self and personal identity. "Hermeneutics and Education" (1992) and "The Inordinance of Time" (1998) are two of his books. In 2004 Oxford University Press will publish his "How the Body Shapes the Mind." Dr. Gallagher began teaching at UCF in 2003.

Visit Dr. Gallagher's website at: http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~gallaghr


Cinema Series! 
 
Mary Shelley's  Frankenstein

Monday, November 22, 2004, 7 pm
Library, Room 223

Movie!  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, an adaptation of the classic horror story in which Victor Frankenstein creates life. The creature he assembles from the bodies of convicts and the brain of a brilliant scientist is rejected by society and goes on a rampage seeking revenge on the doctor who gave him life. Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hulce, Aidan Quinn, Ian Holm, John Cleese (1994, 123 minutes - Rated R).

Film will be introduced by Ula Stoeckl of the School of Film and Digital Media.

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