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Mich. College offers course in zombies, apocalypse

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Some Central Michigan University students are getting schooled in the undead this semester, thanks to a religion course that's exploring apocalyptic themes in biblical texts, literature and pop culture.

Philosophy and religion faculty member Kelly Murphy says she always wanted to teach a course on apocalyptic literature, and she is a fan of AMC's TV show "The Walking Dead." The result is Murphy's class, which is called "From Revelation to 'The Walking Dead.'"

"Thinking about the end and imagining life in a different way is something that humans have always done," Murphy said in a university release.

Murphy's class will discuss biblical texts, review popular novels and watch clips from movies such as "Shaun of the Dead" and "28 Days Later." Students also will discuss hypothetical ethical and theological problems that people could encounter in a post-apocalyptic world.

"The prevalence of apocalyptic stories in various media gives us a window into what people are worrying about, what they hope for and how they imagine they would react in the face of a cataclysmic event," Murphy said. "In the same way, we can read the Book of Revelation ... and learn what ancient Jewish and Christian groups were concerned about."

Kevin White, a senior from the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores majoring in political science and religion, said it is important to incorporate popular culture into classroom settings because it helps to give students a way to connect with subjects of study.

"Studying ancient biblical texts isn't most people's cup of tea," he said. "But, when you add zombies, it instantly becomes everyone's cup of tea."

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pi2221 February 10 2014 at 1:40 PM

No wonder other countries are advancing in education and the US is falling behind.

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Rob pi2221 February 10 2014 at 1:49 PM

You got that right.....!!!!!

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lbreamer February 10 2014 at 1:52 PM

What a hoot! I could pass that class, flying colors!

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crazy ray February 10 2014 at 2:07 PM

I believe you have to pass a zombie qualifying test. I wonder if anyone would dare include that course on their resume, or whether it would be immediately apparent during the interview. Gee, and people complain that they can't get a job.

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southernry February 10 2014 at 2:09 PM

Yeah, there's a lot of jobs crying for people with majors in zombie culture.

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cpapaspeed February 10 2014 at 2:12 PM

Ithink there all blinking crazy

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spydrworks1067 February 10 2014 at 2:53 PM

The Zombie Apocalypse is not what most think. Rather than a bunch of dead people running amok, we're looking at large scale computer hacking with zombie computers. Hackers use specialized software to get inside and control computers remotely, disrupting and displacing data information with their own for the intended purposes of the hacker or someone that hires their skills.

Imagine zombies taking over homeland security systems or security systems of opposing countries. Perhaps zombie drones and zombie driven missiles. Zombie computers are a real threat, not the walking dead. How about a course that teaches how to detect zombie computers and seek means of stopping such a Zombie Apocalypse?

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Scotty February 10 2014 at 4:41 PM

The average college graduate today can't find Kansas on a map of this country and this is the reason why.

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Richard C. February 10 2014 at 1:51 PM

You have to be kidding! No wonder our education system is so screwed up. These kids get out of school as Zombies, any way!

And, I am tired of trying to find a good movie any more, that don't have Zombie's and Vampire's in it. There's enough of them in Washington, DC...................................!!!!

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