The following Moraine Valley Community College programs are open to the public:
The Hopeful Mythology of “World War Z”: Noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 11; Building L, Library Lounge. Literary scholar Mairin Barney of Roosevelt University takes us on an exploration of “World War Z” and “zombie literature.”
Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse: 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Sept. 24; Building L, Library Lounge. “World War Z” presents us with a thought experiment about society. How would governments and institutions stand up to a major societal collapse? Panel Members: Mike Bates, physics; Michelle Furlow, criminal justice; Nick Hackett, anatomy and physiology; Jason King, math and geography; Krista Syrup, natural science.
Zombies, Art and Pop Culture: 1 to 2 p.m., Oct. 9; Building L, Library Lounge. The creepy, brain-hungry zombie has become a symbol across art, film and literature. How is the image of the zombie used? Where did it come from? Why does it resonate with audiences?
Am I Really an Individual or Just a Zombie? A Panel Discussion: 11 a.m. to noon, Oct. 3; Building L, Library Lounge. People are social creatures, and as such, we naturally join groups, conform to social pressures, and seek to fit in. Yet, we also value the individual who is willing to stand apart and be different. Philosophy faculty members will discuss the ways that philosophers have thought about the individual and the group.
Free Film: “World War Z” with Brad Pitt: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 12; MVCC Gateway Arch (Moraine Rooms if bad weather).
Zombie Math: Real-World Implications of the Numbers: 11 a.m. to noon, Oct. 22; Building L, Library Lounge. Mathematicians Jerimi Walker and Brian Kurth and biologist Peter Porter use a fictional zombie outbreak as a way to explore mathematical models used to predict disease outbreaks, “predator/prey” models in nature, the spread of gossip, and other network-theory applications.
“World War Z” and International Relations: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 28; Building L, Library Lounge. Description: Assistant Professor of Political Science Kevin Navratil will discuss how theories and concepts in international relations apply to the book “World War Z.” Several passages from the book will be analyzed through the lens of international relations and applications to current events in world politics.
For more information on Moraine’s One Book, One College program, visit wwz.apps.morainevalley.edu/ or contact Todd Swanson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 974-5709.
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