The Kamholtz course is an institution within the institution of The Mercantile Library. Mercantile members have been enjoying University of Cincinnati English professor Jonathan Kamholtz’s well-researched and animated lectures for over 30 years.
Scientific Questions and Scientific Quests
This year, our topic is Scientific Questions and Scientific Quests. We’ll be reading five novels about scientific heroism and scientific discoveries with consequences intended and otherwise. These are books that chronicle the scientist’s need for obsessiveness and vision, for perseverance and imagination. What sort of responsibilities does the scientist have, and what sort of person might the scientist be? Each of our books thinks about what the world might look like to the understanding of experimenters, explorers, thinkers, and measurers. And each suggests some different ideas about what science itself is and can do. I don’t promise that I can vouch for or explain all the science in our five books, but all of them make for terrific reading.
April 7: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. This is where the modern novel about science begins. With its roots in romantic idealism and gothic horror, the book traces Victor Frankenstein’s embrace of science but rejection of the outcome of his experimentation. Frankenstein is a book about what it means to be haunted by your own work, literally.
Jonathan Kamholtz holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati.
Series price: $50 members/$55 nonmembers For more on the entire series, visit HERE
Individual sessions: $15 members/$20 non-members
Reservations required: 513.621.0717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org