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The Miscreation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Two hundred years ago, on a dark and stormy night in Switzerland, a group of young English intellectuals challenged one another to invent a frightening story.

Eighteen-year-old Mary Shelley—the daughter of political philosopher William Godwin and pioneering feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft—devised the most horrific tale, which in its many forms forever altered and continually haunts the landscape of literature and popular imagination.

Considered among the first sci-fi stories in the form of a novel, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, documents the consequences of Victor Frankenstein’s quest to assemble from corpses and reanimate a creature of his own design.

On display here are illustrated versions of the novel, several representations of the many new creations, re-creations, and miscreations of Frankenstein’s creature that followed the original, and examples of the scientific and literary works that inspired Shelley. 

To celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of Frankenstein’s publication, the USC Libraries are partnering with Visions & Voices and schools across campus for a live, multimedia performance on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. on the front steps of Doheny Memorial Library. Find more information about the event at: libraries.usc.edu/frankenstein.

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USC Wrigley Institute's Family Science Program on Catalina Island

Join scientists at USC’s Wrigley Marine Science Center on beautiful Catalina Island for a special family program centered on exploring the unique coastal habitat and contributing to Pacific coast research efforts. Learn from researchers and staff naturalists about the history, plants, and animal species present in the ‘living laboratory’ of Catalina. Snorkel in a Marine Protected Area with marine scientists, hike the trails to observe animals and native plants, and record marine mammal sightings while you kayak. With your assistance, we will help conserve and protect a valuable marine ecosystem.

  • Engage with researchers and experience a working marine lab
  • Survey our Marine Protected Area while snorkeling and kayaking
  • Build and pilot a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle
  • Participate in research and contribute your findings
  • Observe native plants and animals in the island interior
  • Discover how USC is leading the way in island sustainability
  • Celebrate at the "Shipwrecked" theme party!!!


Available Dates:
Session I: June 24-27 ($650/person)
Session II: July 29-31 ($550/person)

*Program cost includes all equipment, activities, meals, and boat transportation to and from San Pedro. Additional cost for housing.

Need more information? Contact us!
(310) 510-0811


USC Stem Cell Special Seminar: Kim Jensen, University of Copenhagen—"At the origin of intestinal epithelial stem cells and beyond ..."

The adult intestinal epithelium, serving critical roles in nutrient absorption and host-microbe immune homeostasis, completely sheds and renews every 3-7 days, making it one of the fastest regenerating tissues in the body. This incredible turnover is driven by the rapid proliferation and differentiation of a specialized population of tissue-resident stem cells located at the base of the adult intestinal crypt, the fundamental organizational unit of intestinal epithelium. However, fetal intestinal epithelium does not have crypts, making the developmental origin of these adult stem cells a mystery. In this presentation, I will show recent data from my research group on the fetal origin of these adult stem cells. Strikingly the specification of these stem cells arises from morphogenesis of the small intestine during early postnatal life. These tissue-level structural rearrangements bring cells from distant parts of the intestinal villi to specific regions that will later comprise the adult stem cell niche. We believe similar forces, including the recapitulation of fetal stem cell programs, are at play in the repair and regeneration of adult intestinal tissue after injury. The developmental plasticity of intestinal epithelium has important implications for regenerative medicine in the treatment of many gastrointestinal diseases. .

Host: Tracy  Grikscheit, MD & Cambrian Liu, PhD

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PAM@ the Library

Join educators from the USC Pacific Asia Museum as we explore Asian cultures, arts, and practices through storytelling and hands-on art making! Discover stories told through the eyes of children and engage in creating a work of art inspired by one of the many cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. This event is free for elementary aged children and their families.

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