Additional exhibits are developed locally to explore topics related to the traveling exhibit. Eastern scholars have
collaborated with Bev Cruse, who assisted them as graphic designer and oversaw the production of each display.
Big Screams from the Big Screen
The Bogeyman Under the Bed – Why Children Need Monsters
Horror films provide audiences the opportunity to experience vicariously the visceral fears of
humankind. Viewing these films, the moviegoers can simultaneously fear and sympathize with
the monsters while being entertained and frightened. Tracing the evolution of monster movies
from silent films to the present day, this exhibit showcases the studios, producers, directors, actors,
and technology that bring the monsters to life.
Jocelyn Tipton, assistant professor, Booth Library;and
Carl Lorber, professor, Booth Library;
curators (library atrium)
Franken-Kitsch – Frankenstein Collectibles and Memorabilia
Why are children afraid of monsters? This exhibit examines childhood fears and discusses their
usefulness in helping people deal with the difference between fantasy and reality, power and
Ann Brownson, associate professor, Booth Library, curator (Ballenger Teachers Center)
Frankenstein mugs, action figures, models, trading cards, and more! See the kinds of items that
have been produced and distributed using the image of Frankenstein.
Ann Brownson, associate professor, Booth Library, curator (Reading Room, 4000 south)
Frankenstein’s Daughters: Women Science Fiction Writers
Are genetically modified foods and organisms safe for human and animal consumption or are they
a real and present danger to human beings, animals, plant life, and the environment? This exhibit
will examine genetically modified organisms and the questions and concerns surrounding them.
Ann Fritz, assistant professor, biological sciences; and
Ann Brownson, associate professor, Booth
Library, curators (Reference Gallery)
How Dare You Sport Thus With Life? – Frankenstein Science
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, published in 1818, is generally considered to be the first true
science fiction novel. This exhibit introduces ten contemporary women writers of science fiction,
celebrating their achievements and presenting some of their best-known works. Profiled are Kage
Baker, Octavia Butler, C.J. Cherryh, Suzette Haden Elgin, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne
McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Sheri S. Tepper, and Joan D. Vinge.
Janice Derr, instructor, Booth Library; and
Sarah Johnson, assistant professor, Booth Library,
curators (Marvin Foyer)
It was a Dark and Stormy Night
Dr. Frankenstein created a human from parts of dead human bodies, and we called him a monster.
Sooner or later a human may be cloned as was Dolly, the sheep. What will we call it - a human being
or a clone-being? Whether born or cloned, one thing common to both is that they come to the
world not by their own will. We know not what the future will bring, but once we cross the river,
we may not be able to return. This exhibit explores the history of cloning and related issues.
Nackil Sung, professor, Booth Library; and
Jan Sung, assistant professor, Booth Library, curators
Step into the Villa Diodati, the residence of Lord Byron where the idea of Frankenstein was born,
and become acquainted with Mary Shelly. Visitors will also encounter some of the moral and
ethical issues raised by the novel.
Stacey Knight-Davis, assistant professor, Booth Library, curator (north lobby)
Monstrous Themes in Art
Capturing the exuberant spirit of children’s imagination is the theme of this artistic exhibit. While
working on their artistic interpretations of monsters, students from Mattoon Middle School
examined these questions as they created their works of art: What makes a monster? Where do
monsters reside? Why do we fear monsters? and, Why do we enjoy the shivers that they give us?
Jamie Willis, art instructor, Mattoon Middle School; and
Jeanne Goble, library associate, Booth
Library, curators (Periodical Gallery, 1000 north)
More than Frankenstein: The Career of Boris Karloff
From time immemorial, artists and artisans throughout the world have conjured up monsters,
grotesque figures, and other bizarre images to represent the frightening, unexplainable, or
imponderable undercurrents of their lives and cultures. Focusing upon some of these images as
reflected in a variety of art forms and materials, this exhibit suggests how widespread and pervasive
the use of such images has been over time.
Robert Hillman, professor, Booth Library; and
Marlene Slough, associate professor, Booth Library,
curators (south lobby)
Open Student Art Show
Made famous through his portrayal of the monster in three Frankenstein movies, actor Boris
Karloff had a long, award-winning career. Working predominantly in the horror genre, he
portrayed a string of murderers, monsters, and villains in major motion pictures, B movies, and
television shows as well as in radio and on the stage. This exhibit provides a brief biography
of Karloff and an illustrated overview of his acting career.
Bradley Tolppanen, associate professor, Booth Library, curator (lounge, 4000 south)
Robotics, Androids, Machine Control, and Artificial Intelligence
Examining the themes and ideas associated with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Eastern Illinois University advanced painting students have created original works to be included
in this exhibit. The works span the range from scientific and medical discovery to related
Chris Kahler, associate professor of art, curator (Periodical Gallery, 1000 north)
The Shelley Circle
This display shows selected examples of real and Hollywood robots, robotic models, and
related computerized machines. The relationship between androids, robots, and artificial
intelligence is explored. Automated stealth aircraft technology is included.
Sam Guccione, assistant professor, School of Technology with his students from INT4274
automation and control course and students from Eastern’s Chapter 151 of the Society of
Manufacturing Engineers, curators (Reference Gallery)
Thieves in the Night
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, spent her life in the company of other
great thinkers and poets. The daughter of pioneering proto-feminist Mary Wollstonecraft (who
died of complications from childbirth) and radical philosopher William Godwin, she eloped
with Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley at the age of sixteen. For the next eight years, the
Shelleys lived a nomadic existence, experimenting with free love and traveling across Europe,
Italy in particular. Included in their circle were such notable contemporaries as Lord Byron,
John Keats, Leigh Hunt, Thomas Love Peacock, Claire Clairmont, Thomas Jefferson Hogg,
and Edward John Trelawny, among many others.
David Bell, associate professor, Booth Library, curator (Marvin Foyer)
Workshop of Filthy Creation
The history of grave robbing examines the fascinating and disturbing accounts of body snatching
in England and the United States. Before medical schools had access to enough legal cadavers
for anatomical study, they were forced to resort to this ghoulish act in order to supply the needs of
their students. Robbing the graves themselves, or paying professional resurrection men for stolen
corpses, the practice so alarmed society that many took extreme measures to protect the sanctity
and respect of their recently departed loved ones. It proved such a problem, that eventually
Parliament and the state governments passed legislation which allowed the schools access to more
legal cadavers, thus eliminating the need to take them from fresh graves.
Jason Meyers, Curator of Collections, Museum of Funeral Customs, curator (Marvin Foyer)
An interpretation of Victor Frankenstein’s laboratory in the Orkney Islands where a female creature
was constructed and later destroyed. We see the creation as a work in progress, draped in secrecy.
Candles illuminate the grisly paraphernalia used in Victor’s ill-fated labor.
Stacey Knight-Davis, assistant professor, Booth Library, curator (north lobby)