Thursday, November 1, 2012

Zombie Scholars Academy: Z-school with brainy purpose

Do you feel like you need a little one-on-one, hands-on help learning to survive the zombie apocalypse? Not sure if you have the skills necessary to outsmart the walking dead?

Then you need to go back to school.

If you're still in high school, grades 9-12, you are in luck! Truman State University is offering The Zombie Scholars Academy to help you get prepared next summer, July 7-14, 2013.

Remember when the Centers for Disease Control launched their Zombie Preparedness initiative? There were posters, a comic book, etc. It was all designed to teach valuable information about what to do during a pandemic, natural disaster or even a terrorist attack. Zombies just happen to be a much more entertaining way to get the same information drilled into our little brains. The Zombie Scholars Academy seeks to do the same thing.

The Zombie Scholars Academy will expose the lucky attendees to the important topics of biology, epidemiology, psychology, ethics, group leadership and problem solving. They will also get to indulge in recreational activities that involve fending off the zombie horde. Don't worry parents, your child's brain will be in the care of some very good people.

Take a look at just a few of the advisors, who are friends of Paranormal Pop Culture:

Max Brooks, the man behind World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Apocalypse and The Zombie Survival Guide is a Senior Advisor to the ZSA. The bestselling author obviously brings a lot of valuable knowledge to the course. He believes that by putting the information out there in a "fictional" way, that people can process it better without the ego getting in the way.

Dr. Steve Schlozman of Harvard Medical School, also an Advisor for ZSA, agrees. Essentially, we can think more clearly about a zombie apocalypse, because it will never happen. Whereas, a real possibility like global warming, or even global war will cause us to shut down and refuse to think about it. Dr. Schlozman also wrote the novel, Zombie Autopsies, which George A. Romero is developing for film.

Matt Mogk of the Zombie Research Society, also serves as an advisor. He has published several books about zombies and also appeared on Spike TV's Zombies vs. Vampires episode of "The Deadliest Warrior."

Mark your calendars kids! The Zombie Scholars Academy takes place July 7-14, 2013, for students entering grades 9-12. They are only accepting 50 students, so don't dawdle.

-Melissa Harkness

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