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Why Zombies Now?: A Talk by Dr. Brij Lunine

Start Time:   3/25/2013 12:40 PM

End Time:   3/25/2013 1:55 PM

Location:   Ironwood 120

Why Zombies Now? In the past several years zombies seem to be everywhere: on television, with The Walking Dead, in comic books, novels, films, the news, etc. Why are zombies so prevalent and popular in the early twenty first century? What is it about our society at this point in history that makes the idea of the walking dead and the vision of the world after apocalypse so resonant? This lecture will trace the history of the zombie in U.S. culture and present some theories to explain the rise in popularity. Brij Lunine, Ph.D. American Studies, University of New Mexico, teaches for American Studies, Writing and Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. His research is on adolescent identity formation and popular culture. He teaches courses on Cultural Studies and U.S. Popular Culture and literature.

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