Ohio college feeds students’ brains with academic analysis of zombies

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Maia Frieser, of New York, acts during a “zombie apocalypse” exercise, which included students dressing up as the undead, on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. Tuesday April 23, 2013. The exercise was designed to get School of Public Health students thinking about what the appropriate response should be during a disaster. […]

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (May 2, 2015) — Many young people have an undying interest in zombies, so a southwest Ohio college professor focuses a class on them.

Andrea Harris of Wright State University teaches “Zombies & Gender in Pop Culture.” Her spring class filled up rapidly, and she’s been asked to teach it again.

The huge popularity of “The Walking Dead” series and movies such as “Night of the Living Dead” are involved. But Harris is quick to point out that the class involves serious academic analysis.

Students examine social order in the context of a zombie apocalypse and what the popularity of zombies says about humanity’s future.

A number of other colleges around the country have fed student brains with zombie-related courses in not only pop culture, but biology, anthropology and literature.

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