The Incongruity Is What It’s All About

I got an email the other day from a student elsewhere in the US who was working on a paper on religion and film. I’m not sure how the paper will turn out, but when we later connected by phone I tried to prompt the student to think about this common genre — religion and film — not in terms of the data but in terms of something else. Continue reading

Zombieland is Your Land


Sarah Griswold is a junior double majoring in Mathematics and Religious Studies. She spends her “free time” analyzing her favorite shows on Netflix, which of course winds up ruining them. This post was originally written for Dr. Sarah Rollens’ course, REL 360: Popular Culture/Public Humanities.

Stories about zombies are a fascination for many people in today’s popular culture. Beyond zombie movies and television shows, there are books, games, and even people who are preparing in real life for a threat that will never come. Dr. Kelly Baker, who recently spoke about zombies at the annual Day Lecture, even reminded the audience that the Center for Disease Control makes a formal statement periodically to reiterate that zombies are still not real. For an example, check out this article from The Huffington Post from back in June of 2012.

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The Second Annual Day Lecture

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On September 23, 2014 Dr. Kelly Baker presented her “’They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara!’: Zombie Apocalypses in American Religions” as the second annual Day Lecture. The Day Lecture was generously established by friends and family of the late Zach Day, a graduate of our Department, to honor his memory, and is now an annual event thanks to the Zachary Daniel Day Memorial Support Fund.

It’s been a few months, but the video of the lecture is now up and running, so check it out!

Also, if you missed our interviews with Dr. Baker, you can watch part one here, and part two here.

The Second Annual Day Lecture 2014: Dr. Kelly Baker from UA Religious Studies.

A Few Moments with Kelly Baker, Part 2

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The second part of our interview with Dr. Kelly Baker, this year’s Day lecturer, is now up and running!  In this second installment, Dr. Baker discusses  reactions to her work, her favorite monsters, and more.

If you missed the first part of the interivew, you can read the blog post here.

Have you seen Dr. Baker’s lecture? Watch it here.

A Few Moments with Kelly Baker, Part 2 from UA Religious Studies.

A Few Moments with Kelly Baker, Part 1

10285548_10152429787262847_2683534531631382292_oA little while back Dr. Simmons and the REL film crew sat down for a chat with Dr. Kelly Baker, who gave our 2nd annual Day Lecture. The video of the interview is now ready! So give it a watch to see what Dr. Baker has to say about her background, her work (zombies included), and more.

Check out part two of the interview here.

Have you seen Dr. Baker’s lecture? Watch it here.

A Few Moments with Kelly Baker, Part 1 from UA Religious Studies.

Undead Zombie Tweets: Everything You Missed From Dr. Kelly Baker’s 2014 Day Lecture in Tweets and GIFs



Last night REL hosted the second annual Zachary Daniel Day Memorial Lecture. Dr. Kelly J. Baker delivered an excellent presentation entitled, “”‘They’re coming to get you, Barbara!’: Zombie Apocalypses in American Religions.” If you missed the lecture or if you just want to revisit the details of the talk check out these tweets courtesy of our Twitter team.

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Zombie Live Tweets Are Not a Contradiction in Terms

zombietweetingSee you at tomorrow’s #Day2014 lecture on religion
in popular culture (in Gorgas Library 205)?

If not, then we’ll be live tweeting @StudyReligion, starting around 7 pm (central time). Tune in and see what the zombie apocalypse is all about.