Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein, the classic gothic horror story of a scientist who creates a grotesque creature, has received some creative treatment of its own in a new edition of the novel. This iteration of the medical-overreach cautionary tale is the pick of the Wellesley Free Library and Mass Bay Community College for their 2018 Community read.
The new version, titled Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus : Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of all Kinds, gives Mary Shelley author credit and is edited by David H. Guston, Ed Finn, and Jason Scott Roberpairs. In it, the original 1818 version is paired with annotations and essays exploring the social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity raised by this remarkable story.
The result is a unique and accessible edition of one of the most thought-provoking and influential novels ever written. Two hundred years after it was first published, scholars are using Shelley’s timeless tale to engage the public around issues in science, technology, and creative responsibility. Read this new edition over the summer and watch for fall program announcements, including a presentation by editor David Guston.
MassBay Community College will hold its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10am. President David Podell along with faculty, staff and students will be on hand to greet and welcome prospective students and their families to the Wellesley Hills campus.
The Spring Open House is an opportunity for prospective students to meet and talk with current students, faculty, and staff to learn about the 70 degree and certificate programs offered at MassBay and transfer opportunities after MassBay. Prospective students are encouraged to attend to learn more about student clubs and organizations, the admissions and financial aid process, and talk with academic divisions. The Open House will include a self-guided tour of campus, mock classes, information sessions, student and alumni panel discussions, information for veterans, on-the-spot admissions, and more.
Prospective students can learn more about the event and RSVP at www.MassBay.edu/OpenHouse or call the Office of Admissions at 781-239-2500.
Wellesley College and MassBay have joined Babson College in making public their 2018 commencement speakers. Drum roll please…
Tracy K. Smith, poet laureate of the United States and the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities and director of the creative writing program at Princeton University, will speak at Wellesley’s 140th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 1, at 10:30am.
Smith’s work explores a diverse range of topics, from faith, grief, and loss, to dystopia and Afrofuturism, to deep space and life on other planets, to America’s troubled racial history and the legacy of slavery. In her role as poet laureate, Smith aims to expand the audience for poetry through rural outreach, traveling to communities writers might not usually visit.
As we reported in an earlier post, Babson’s speakers at the College’s May 19 ceremonies will be president and CEO of UNICEF USA, Caryl M. Stern; and co-founder and CEO of Endeavor Linda Rottenberg. Stern will receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree and will deliver the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at 10am. Rottenberg will be receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree and will give the commencement address at the graduate ceremony at 3pm.
MassBay will welcome Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey as the keynote speaker for the College’s 56th Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 17 on the Wellesley Hills campus. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to address graduates at a school with such a strong commitment to preparing students for lives of active citizenship and cutting-edge careers,” Healey said.
In addition, MassBay will honor the Attorney General with the Distinguished Service Award. The MassBay Distinguished Service Award is given out to individuals for their advocacy and service to MassBay and the communities we serve.
Sworn in as Attorney General in January 2015, Healey has tackled issues touching the lives of residents across Massachusetts including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan costs.