A crowdfunding effort has kicked off for a special week devoted to the novel “Frankenstein,” slated for March 2-10 at Missouri Southern State University.

Frankenstein Week is the inaugural event in the new Literature Lives series at Missouri Southern. Sponsored by the English & Philosophy Department, it will focus on both the original novel and subsequent film versions of the book.

Crowdfunding will help pay for activities during the week. The effort allows members of the community to make donations online.

To access the crowdfunding page, visit http://bit.ly/2BHJhgg.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Elisa Beshero-Bondar of the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. She will present “Stitching the Seams of Textual Bodies: A Bicentennial Digital Frankenstein Project.”

Other events will include a panel discussion, a short story contest and screenings of “Frankenstein” (1931) and “Young Frankenstein” (1972).

A schedule of events, including times and locations, is available below.

Dr. Zak Watson, chair of the English Department, said that a successful event could lead to other events based on other celebrated literary works.

Frankenstein Week Events:

Friday, March 2, 12 noon

bordertown Release Party, Reading, and Scary Story Contest Prompt Reveal

The Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center (The Mansion), MSSU

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3 p.m.

“Theology in Frankenstein: Incarnating Human Fragility” by Rev. Richard Gates

Peace Lutheran Church, 3100 N. St Louis Ave, Joplin.

Monday, March 5, 2018, 7 p.m.

“Stitching the Seams of Textual Bodies: A Bicentennial Digital Frankenstein Project” by Dr. Elisa Beshero-Bondar

Location TBD, MSSU

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7 p.m.

‘Corruption of Death [and] the Blooming Cheek of Life’: Science, Ethics, and Frankenstein” with Dr. Alla Barry, Dr. Barry Brown, Dr. Donna Johnson, and Dr. Vickie Roettger

Reynolds Hall, Room 232, MSSU

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Frankenstein Film Fest

4:30 p.m.
(1931), directed by James Whale, introduction by Dr. Bill Kumbier

Phelps Theatre, Billingsley Student Center, MSSU

7 p.m.
Young Frankenstein 
(1974), directed by Mel Brooks, introduction by Dr. Michael Howarth

Phelps Theatre, Billingsley Student Center, MSSU

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7 p.m.

Gala Reception with Scary Story Contest Winners

Spiva Library, Room 413, MSSU