Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis

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Monsters and Mad Science

The "campus read" at Lenoir-Rhyne University for the 2014-2015 academic year is the excellent The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Author Rebecca Skloot will be speaking as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

On an intentionally related note, I will be offering the following undergraduate/graduate cross-listed seminar at L-R for Fall 2014.

"Monsters and Mad Science"

Course Description: How should medical science progress? What ethics should shape or even constrain experimentation? What is "good science"? How can new science be scary science? What may we make of science, and what may science make of us? This course will explore fiction that has expressed popular anxieties about the limits and ethics of scientific research and what experimentation means for the human body. We will consider how Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll, Dr. Moreau, and other literary characters have made ethical questions and concerns part of an ongoing debate about the medical search for knowledge and what it means to be human.

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Tags: gothic, mary shelley, sf, teaching

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