Dr. Blaine Maley, Chair of Anatomy at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, presented at “Operation Frankenstein” in Rome, Italy on July 6, 2018.
The international conference, hosted by the University of Notre Dame, was organized in celebration of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, “Frankenstein;” and is part of a panoply of interdisciplinary activities taking place on the university’s campus this fall.
“The conference was an amazing amalgamation of top scholars across disciplines ranging from creative writing, literature, and political philosophy, to anthropology, neuroscience, biology and artificial intelligence,” Dr. Maley said.
Dr. Maley’s presentation, “The Chimeric Human: Identity, Culture, and Evolution in the Age of Transplantation and Genetic Engineering,” touched on the cultural and scientific impact of Shelley’s novel.
“It’s in credible how a 200-year-old book written by a 19-year-old woman remains so fundamental to our culture, understanding of science, and political discourse,” said Dr. Maley.
The conference was held at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway facility, adjacent to the Coliseum.