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National Mechanics 22 South 3rd St. Philadelphia PA 19106

Science on Tap: The Science of Vampires

Monday Oct 8 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Kathy Haas, assistant curator at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, will explore the tension between science and superstition in the classic tale of Dracula.

Everybody knows about Dracula, but did you know that his creator, Bram Stoker, had a degree in mathematics and that several of his brothers were doctors? Science, technology, and medicine permeate the novel and Kathy Haas, assistant curator at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, will explore the tension between science and superstition in this classic tale of terror. The talk will include a look at images of Stoker’s working notes for Dracula (owned by the Rosenbach) including material from his brother, William Thornley Stoker, a noted surgeon. [ Anna Dhody, curator of the Mütter Museum, will also offer a look at medical conditions that may have inspired tales of vampirism.]

Kathy Haas is the assistant curator at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, which preserves Bram Stoker’s working notes for Dracula. She has curated several exhibitions on Dracula for the Rosenbach.

 

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