Author Archives: Sharon Gerald

Zombie Assignments Handout for Teachers (and students)

Handout for the TYCA-SE 2015 conference in Jackson, MS on my Pandemic and Paranoia class theme: Pandemic and Paranoia

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Anti-Vaxxers and Zombies

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often cited as one of the earliest examples of zombie literature. Frankenstein’s monster isn’t a zombie by our modern definitions, but it is sort of related due to being an animated creature made from non-living parts. … Continue reading

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The Daily Show on the Measles Outbreak

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This video has been making the rounds of social media lately. This guy really has impressive skills! He also reminds us that in order to survive a zombie apocalypse, we’ll need some defensive skills that don’t rely on modern technology. … Continue reading

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Public Panic and the Media

In 1938, the famous radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds aired to what? Widespread panic from a duped public? That’s the popular version of the story, but this article from Slate says it isn’t true. Newspapers of … Continue reading

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When is one life more valuable than another?

**Spoiler Alert** This post discusses Season 2 of The Walking Dead. If you are still crawling at zombie-pace through Season 1 on Netflix, you might want to back off at this point and come back later. *** In Season 2, … Continue reading

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Zora Neale Hurston on the history of the zombie

Zora Neale Hurston is perhaps best known for her book Their Eyes Were Watching God, a classic of Southern Literature. Students who read about Janie’s love for Tea Cake might not guess that Hurston also believed that zombies were real … Continue reading

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It was bound to happen

This YouTube video spreads a rumor that Ebola is a “Zombie Virus” and that Ebola patients have been known to rise from the dead. The rumor has been debunked. It was nothing more than a hoax. But it was bound … Continue reading

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