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Central Michigan University Offers a Zombie Survival Class



Central Michigan University is offering students a course that explores the history and mythology of the zombie apocalypse. “From Revelation to The Walking Dead” will be taught by a philosophy and theological students professor that aims (no pun intended) to teach students about the use of the undead in literature, film and biblical texts. That includes reviews of books such as the Book of Revelations from The Bible and H.P. Lovecraft’s Reanimator, along with movies such as George A. Romero’s Living Dead trilogy and 28 Days Later and endless viewings of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

The class hopes to get students talking about “hypothetical, ethical and theological problems that people could encounter in a post-apocalyptic world.” Which sounds interesting–but unless actual zombies start showing up in the real world, it’s hard to see how we’ll be able to use any of the skills you might pick up in such a class in the real world. The class’ major demographic is probably future Starbucks baristas who wear Rob Zombie Living Dead Girl T-shirts underneath their green aprons. It seems like a course in remembering to put skim milk in our coffee would be a more productive use of their time.

Plus, let’s say the undead rising up and feasting on the living is a major problem. How is literature going to help you defend yourself from becoming a human smorgasbord? Sure you could probably bludgeon a couple with copies of War and Peace but that’s if you only remember not to carry the paperback edition. Besides, author Max Brooks, the zombie expert behind books like World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide, can tell you all you need to know about zombie survival…

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