The Common Literature Experience this year for incoming freshman and the community at large read Frankenstein.  Our own Prof Huenemann, along with Prof McCuskey from English, were the convocation speakers.  It was smart and funny and thoughtfully interwoven with the themes of Connections (the importance of a broad, liberal education, etc).

If you missed it, watch the video by clicking the link below (skip to 8:10 or so to get to Huenemann/McCuskey).



Author: Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.

2 thoughts on “Frankenstein”

  1. All this thinking about Frankenstein reminded me of a song called “Frankenstein”. Written by Edgar Winter and originally recorded on an Edgar Winter Group album in the early 1970s, it was called Frankenstein because the final album version was a cut up and pasted “monster” from large amounts of original material. It turned out to be the band’s biggest hit. Linked below.

    More recently, the song has been covered on occasion by noted jam band Phish. I saw it live a few times at Phish shows (back in a past life in the 1990s), including the one I link below from the Dec 30, 1997 at Madison Square Garden. Phish goes all out, including Jon Fishman (drummer) playing, as he sometimes does, a vacuum cleaner.

    The original:

    And now Phish:


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