In honor of the 200th anniversary of its publication, Atlantic Cape Community College is adopting Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” as its official college book for the 2018-19 school year. Students, faculty and staff will commemorate it with a series of events beginning in October.
Faculty members have also incorporated the famous text into their courses to illustrate how it still speaks to modern-day themes and values in today’s society.
Richard Russell, assistant professor of English, said, “While many see ‘Frankenstein’ as a cautionary tale about science, this is really a novel about what it means to be human.”
Events to celebrate the novel include:
Oct. 9: Jay Hennicke, adjunct professor of humanities and English, will provide a short lecture and discussion on the novel from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in G205 of the new Student Center at the Mays Landing Campus.
Oct. 11: Author and Atlantic Cape instructor Melissa Palmer will host a lecture, “Victorian Fathers of Science Fiction and Horror,” from 5-6 p.m. on Oct. 11 in Room 212 of Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus.
Oct. 15: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society will host a “Frankenfest” to kick off their NJ Community College Completion Challenge Week at the college’s Mays Landing
Oct. 23: Tom Celandine, retired Atlantic Cape professor, will host a free viewing of the 1931 Frankenstein film and discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Ocean City Free Public Library.