For many new college students, choosing a major is a daunting task. Not only will this be your life for four years, but it will likely determine which career field you will enter and remain in for the rest of your life. And what if you don’t pick the right major and you have to switch? And what about again after that? It all can seem unbearably stressful.
In honor of the two-hundredth anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Frankenreads will take place the week of October 31, 2018, from Wednesday until Friday. Graduates and undergraduates are welcome to attend.
Lisa J. Kiser—
At the time of his recent retirement, Mark was an associate professor; he was a specialist in modern British and American literature and film. He will be remembered for his sharp wit, conversational brilliance, musicianship and deep knowledge of all things cultural, intellectual and political. He will be greatly missed.
Human knowledge is rooted in storytelling. Early humans developed the cognitive machinery necessary to make sense of their lives through narrative, and then began to write these stories down to be passed on to future generations. Our ancestors first told stories orally, then began to paint on cave walls. They tattooed their skin, they carved into tree trunks, they traced lines in the sand, and their tales began to take on lives of their own. Some stories explained natural phenomena, like the weather. Other stories were about people who had really lived and done incredible things, which were then embellished in every subsequent retelling.