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Frankenstein@200 Panel Discussion

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In Fall 2018, San José State University will again lead its regional partners in organizing several events that celebrate Mary Shelley’s legacy as well as extending that conversation about being human in the digital age. We have yet to address the creature himself in this equation—this discussion roundtable panel, moderated by Jonathan Gill, offers several points of view about the creature’s existence as a pseudo-human.

Dr. Mary A. Papazian – President, San José State University

“Creating a Monster with Paradise Lost

A seasoned leader with nearly 30 years of experience as a university professor, academic, and administrator. As a leader of the founding campus of the California State University and Silicon Valley’s only public university, President Papazian is firmly committed to student success, open, transparent, and inclusive leadership, fostering a culture of curiosity and discovery, and building enduring campus and community partnerships.

Dr. Anand Vaidya

“What’s In Your Head?—the Moral Zombie”

Dr. Vaidya is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy at San José State University. For over 20 years he has researched how we know what is possible and necessary via our imagination and the role that imagination-based knowledge of possibility plays in discussions of consciousness. He is now also working on the role of imagination-based knowledge and cognitive blocks within social justice.

Dr. Adrienne Eastwood

“Queering the Monster”

Dr. Eastwood is an Associate Professor in the department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University. Earning a PhD from the University of California San Diego in 2004, Dr. Eastwood’s field of study is Early Modern/Renaissance Literature and Culture. She has been a professor with SJSU for 13 years.

This event is sponsored by an SJSU Artistic Excellence Programming Grant, also supported by Romantic Bicentennials


September 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

Public Transit

Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)