Learn about the zombies of the new millennium

January 30, 2013

The next Penn State College of Medicine History of Medicine Lecture -- “Zombies of the new Millenium: Contagion, Control, and the Culture of Self” -- presented by Peter Dendle, English Department at Penn State Mont Alto, is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 13, in T2500 on the Hershey campus.

The cinematic zombie has come a long way in its 80-year history, as servants in the cane fields of Haiti to apocalyptic marauders besieging the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Since the recent resurgence of the genre in 2002, zombies are notably transformed: they are now viral, septic, frenetic, and elemental as often as deadpan and aloof. This transformation has significant implications for the underlying anxieties encoded in the zombie as societal metaphor, and for the monster of the new millennium. The genre has shifted from exploring issues of individuality, conformity and death to issues of domination, expansion and control.

Dendle’s talk will explore some of the philosophical and social implications of the new zombie: constructs of viral apocalypse, bioterrorism, and fragmented social order resonate especially with the new millennium face of violence and natural disaster.

The lecture is sponsored by The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine. For more information, call the Department of Humanities at 717-531-8779.

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Last Updated January 31, 2013