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World Philosophy Day Keynote and Film Screening

St. John Fisher College will kick off World Philosophy Day with a keynote address and screening of the 1931 film, "Frankenstein."

Date: November 15, 2018 - November 15, 2018
Time: 6:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Golisano Gateway Midlevel

Keynote Address: “Frankenstein: A Touching Story”
6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15
Dr. Raymond D. Boisvert, professor emeritus, Siena College; Introduction by Dr. Ann Marie Fallon, dean of Fisher’s School of Arts and Sciences

“Mad scientist,” “dangerous, violent creature”—these are the images associated with the film versions of the Frankenstein story. The novel tells a different, more complicated tale. One overlooked dimension: the importance of touch. The novel explores what it is like never to have been hugged and what it is like for touch always to be associated with blows delivered in anger. How should we think of touch? What have psychologists said about it? Why have philosophers privileged sight and hearing over touch? The talk will explore how Mary Shelley’s novel gives touch its due and, in so doing, provides some lessons for a reevaluation of this too-often minimized sense.

Film Screening: “Frankenstein” (1931)
7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15
This classic film stars Boris Karloff and Colin Clive

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World Philosophy Day events are sponsors by the St. John Fisher College Visual and Performing Arts Minor, Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and the William and Helen Cavanaugh Chair of Catholic Studies.