" And if I pray, the only prayer
That moves my lips for me
Is—"Leave the heart that now I bear,
And give me liberty."
Emily Bronte

Back in the day


Frankenstein Is Published

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus is a gothic novel that spawned a new genre of horror stories and films. It tells the story of Frankenstein, a scientist who discovers how to bring inanimate matter to life and, in the process, creates a man-monster. When Frankenstein fails to provide a mate to satisfy the creature's human emotions, it seeks revenge. Mary Shelley came up with the idea for the novel while vacationing at the home of what famous poet?



Chris Burden

Burden is a performance artist who emerged as part of the American art scene in the 1970s, performing controversial, dangerous pieces in which he used his own body as the art medium. During a 1971 performance piece titled Shoot, he was shot in his left arm by an assistant standing a short distance away. He was labeled insane following the performance, but it has since become one of his most well-known pieces from the period. Why did he resign from the University of California in 2005?

Born on a day like today


Ismail Raji al-Faruqi

Al-Faruqi was a renowned Palestinian-American scholar, widely recognized as an authority on Islam and comparative religion. He taught in Egypt, Canada, and the US, authoring 25 books and 100 articles on subjects such as Arabism and Muslim identity. His proposals promoting the “Islamization of knowledge” attempt to synthesize the ethics of Islam with various fields of modern thought and had a profound effect on Islamic economics. What prompted the vicious stabbing that killed al-Faruqi?

Last updated on Thursday, 1st January 2009

More sponsors