Zombie Apocalypse Coming to MCC on October 31, 2012

Posted on October 8, 2012 by Angela Askey

Faculty members at Mesa Community College will present “Preparedness is Survival,” a day of lectures and discussions on the impending Zombie Apocalypse on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

All Events will take place at the MCC Southern and Dobson Campus (1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa) in the Paul A Elsner Library, room 145. Streaming video will provide viewers at the Red Mountain Campus (7110 East McKellips Road, Mesa) an opportunity to participate. The Red Mountain group will convene in the Mesquite Building (Community Room,200).

Scott Gustafson, Economics Faculty will present “Economics and the Zombie Apocalypse” from 9:00-9:45am. He will discuss the probable economic effects of a zombie attack as well as the expected government fiscal and monetary response. He will also discuss the actions you should be taking to not only survive, but potentially thrive during and after the Zombie Apocalypse.

Dr. Annalisa Alvrus, Anthropology Faculty is presenting “Vampires and Zombies and Witches, Oh My!” from 10:00-10:45am. How common are zombies and why do they exist?  What do they have to do with witches and vampires?  Anthropology will be used to look across cultures and through time to answer those questions.

From 11:00-11:45am, Dr. Amy Leer, Sociology Faculty will present “How to Survive a Zombie Attack.” This discussion will address why a zombie outbreak is possible, how to predict it and what to do when it happens. If you are interested in surviving the zombies - you should come to this lecture!

MCC students have taken an active role in also preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse. Following a presentation last year by Dr. Amy Leer, Sociology Instructor, students “came out of the woodwork” and started a Zombie Preparedness Club at the Red Mountain campus. The club has over 100 members this fall. From 12:00-12:45 pm, the club is hosting a Monster Mash Karaoke at the Kirk Student Center Clock Tower on the Southern and Dobson campus.

After lunch, you don’t want to miss Political Science faculty member, Dr. Brian Dille’s presentation, “DO NOT BE ALARMED: Coordinating the Civil Defense Response.” Dr. Dille will speak from 1:00-1:45 pm about the Center for Disease Control’s published preparedness guide for a zombie pandemic.  He will discuss this and other efforts to protect citizens from zombies and other health threats, and project the impact an outbreak may have on social cohesion.

“In the Head: The Appeal of Zombie Narratives” will be presented by Dr. Craig Jacobsen, English Faculty from 2:00-2:45 pm.  He will discuss origins of the Zombie genre and its evolution over time.

At 3:00 pm the event will conclude with “Why I Love Zombies,” A Town Hall Discussion. Everyone is encouraged to attend the final discussions of the day to get questions answered.

Community members and MCC students, staff and faculty are invited to “Bring your own brain” for this day of fun learning.

2012 Zombie Seminar Flier Color.pdf

About Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering its more than 40,000 students to succeed in a local and global community.  Mesa Community College is one of ten colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District.

Please direct media inquiries to Angela Askey at angela.askey@mesacc.edu or Sally Mesarosh at sally.mesarosh@mesacc.edu  or the Office of Institutional Advancement at 480-461-7445.  IA website:  www.mesacc.edu/ia.

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