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October 29, 2014

It’s Halloween week and in case you forgot, here’s three upcoming zombie academic lectures.

Samuel Merritt University: “SMU Hosts Zombie Health Symposium” and “Zombie Health Symposium 2014 – Thursday, October 30“,

There is a lot we can learn, medically speaking, from the undead.

Clemson University: Thoughts worth thinking speaker series, “Sweet Revenge: Sugar, Haiti, Voodoo, Zombies” featuring zombie scholar Dr. Lauro, October 29th:

University of Southern Mississippi’s Anthropology and Sociology Colloquium: “How Hollywood Got the Dead to Lay Golden Eggs: The Rise of the Zombie Blockbuster” with Dr. Todd Platts, Thursday, Oct. 30 at 12:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, see USM: “Colloquium Lecture to Focus on Popularity of Zombie Films

Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, you should read this NYTimes opinion column at The Stone: “Dreamboat Vampires and Zombie Capitalists” by David Castillo and William Egginton. It is spot on to many important zombie themes, notice particularly: Shakespeare, Sophocles, Occupy, Marx, Lacan, and Zizek:

Perhaps our fixation with images of the zombie apocalypse is ultimately tied to the conviction that there is no possible alternative to capitalism as a worldwide economic system, paired with the realization that the logical evolution of global capitalism leads to nothing but destruction.

as the vampires and zombies creep out of our screens and up to our doorsteps on Halloween night, we should recall what one survivor says to the others in Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead,” as they stare out in terror at the advancing zombie hordes approaching the shopping mall where they have taken refuge:

“They are us!”

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