Updated: October 9, 2013 6:07AM
The Moraine Valley Community College Library will host several events this fall featuring themes from “World War Z,” the fictional oral history of a zombie apocalypse written by Max Brooks, as part of the One Book, One College program for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The free events will be at the MVCC Library, Building L, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.
Roosevelt University’s literary scholar Mairin Barney will speak at the opening event from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 11. Barney will explore “World War Z” and zombie literature as well as define characteristics of the genre and how Brooks’ work fits into it.
Moraine Valley faculty members from various disciplines will lead a panel discussion on “Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 24.
Each will share how governments and institutions might stand up to a major societal collapse and survival of the zombie apocalypse. Other panel discussions include “Am I Really an Individual or Just a Zombie?” from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 and “Zombies, Art and Pop Culture” from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 9.
The college will show the feature film “World War Z,” starring Brad Pitt at
6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on the Gateway. Bring blankets and food for a free outdoor movie. The movie will be moved inside Building M in the event of inclement weather.
During “Zombie Math: Real-World Implications of the Numbers,” math and biology faculty members will use a fictional zombie outbreak as a way to explore mathematical models used to predict disease outbreaks, spread of gossip, “predator/prey” models in nature, and other network theory applications.
The final event features Kevin Navratil, assistant professor of political science at Moraine Valley, discussing “World War Z and International Relations” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
For more information on “World War Z,” videos and podcasts, study guides and upcoming events, visit