On September 30, 2017, Indiana Humanities kicked off a yearlong initiative commemorating the story of Frankenstein through fun and thought-provoking programs inviting Hoosiers to explore Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which turns 200 in 2018. The celebration begins with “Frankenfest,” a one-day festival and read-a-thon at the Indiana Medical History Museum, followed by a weekend retreat in late March at the DePauw University’s Prindle Institute for Ethics, and concludes with a Frankenstein-inspired digital game design workshop and Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival fall 2018.
In addition, Indiana Humanities will be awarding read-a-thon grants to 10 organizations across the state and prizes up to $1,000 to schools, libraries, and other community organizations who design and implement their own series of programs for the Frankenstein Community Reads program. Applications for both of these initiatives open September 2017.
This program is apart of Quantum Leap, an Indiana Humanities initiative that encourages Hoosiers to explore the spirit of possibility when bridging the the humanities with science, STEM, and medicine.