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.
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 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.
A 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.
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.