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Zombies 101: Cultural Analysis of an American Obsession

Mon, Oct 7, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pmEast Peoria Campus, Academic Building, 210A

Monday, October 7, 2019 2:30 – 3:30 pm at East Peoria Campus 210A
Presented by Andrea Walton

FREE for students, faculty and staff, and the community

For more than 80 years, zombies have infiltrated popular culture in America. Starting with White Zombie in 1932, adaptations of zombies and the zombie apocalypse have appeared in books, comics, video games, films, and television shows. Unlike once-popular horror tropes such as werewolves, vampires and even clowns, zombies have remained an American obsession. The rise of zombies in
pop culture has given credibility to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. Even the federal government has gotten on board with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Zombie Preparedness” information on its website that has been shared by both FEMA and the Zombie Research Society.

But where did this obsession come from and why does it remain strong as ever? Come learn the sociopolitical history and evolution of zombies and explore how the flesh-eating undead horror motif serves as a metaphor for how people respond to new and misunderstood threats.

Between the Lines is a lecture series presented by the faculty members of the Humanities Department at Illinois Central College. Check out this season’s offerings and see if we live up to our mission statement, which is to serve our community by applying a scholarly lens to culturally relevant literary topics. That’s right… we’re going to aim our literary magnifying glass at some of the stories you’re reading, watching, and thinking about.

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