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Surviving the End of the World

Interstices 2017

“Most people don't believe something can happen until it already has. That's not stupidity or weakness, that's just human nature.”
Max Brooks, World War Z

We are excited to announce bestselling author Max Brooks as part of Interstices 2017! 
Stay tuned to see which The Walking Dead cast member will also be joining the panel!

Thursday, April 6, 2017
7 p.m.
Chapman Auditorium
Memorial Hall

#CUSURVIVE

Why are we so fascinated by the sense of an ending? Why are shows like, ‘The Walking Dead’, and films like ‘World War Z’ so popular, and what can we learn from them? Let’s talk the realities, myths and stories of disaster and apocalypse! Join feature speakers from the arts and sciences as we discuss disaster scenarios and how to survive them- themes will be drawn from cultural texts, including The Walking Dead and World War Z.
No reservations or tickets required.
 

 
Event Synopsis:
This will be an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the realities, myths, and stories of disaster and apocalypse. The event will feature speakers from the arts and sciences; topics will include: how to prepare for disasters, how to survive them, and what forms are they likely to take; why are we so fascinated by this sense of an ending?; why are shows like ‘The Walking Dead’ and films like ‘World War Z’ so popular and what can we learn from them? The panelists will be invited to discuss a range of disaster scenarios and how to survive them. In keeping with our theme, many of these scenarios will be drawn from cultural texts, including The Walking Dead and World War Z.
 

 

Panelists Will Include:

Max Brooks

Max Brooks, Best Selling Author

Max Brooks is credited with helping propel zombie-lore from niche sub-culture fascination to mainstream pop-culture obsession. While Brooks has published three massively successful zombie-themed books—The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks (all of which are now considered the definitive tomes for the genre)—his ultimate goal was to challenge old ways of thinking and encourage mental agility and flexibility for problem solvers and leaders. By developing the dystopian mythos of a “zombie apocalypse” in film and literature, Brooks continues to drive the dialogue as an authority on how to manage and coordinate emergency responses and to suggest better ways to prepare for crisis and struggle. Brooks’ unique, unconventional thinking depicted in his books has even inspired the U.S. military to examine how they may respond to potential crises in the future.  ‘Survival Guide’ was read and discussed by the sitting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Brooks has been invited to speak at a variety of military engagements—from the Naval War College, to the FEMA hurricane drill at San Antonio, to the nuclear "Vibrant Response" wargame. By developing the dystopian mythos of a “zombie apocalypse” in film and literature, Brooks continues to drive the dialogue as an authority on how to manage and coordinate emergency responses and to suggest better ways to prepare for crisis and struggle.

Chris Bader

Christopher D. Bader, PhD, Sociology, Chapman University

Christopher Bader is a Professor of Sociology at Chapman University and affiliated with the Institute for Religion, Economics and Society (IRES).  He was principal investigator of the first two waves of the Baylor Religion Survey, a nationwide survey of US religious beliefs and the principal investigator of the first three waves of the Chapman Survey of American Fears, which attempts to measure what Americans fear, what predicts those fears and the consequences of fear. He is associate director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (www.theArda.com), the world's largest archive of religion survey data funded by the Templeton Foundation and Lilly Foundation and supported by Penn State University and Chapman.   Bader has also researched paranormal beliefs for the past 20 years and has participated in many ghost hunts, UFO watches and Bigfoot expeditions.  He is the author of several books, including Paranormal America, and dozens of peer-reviewed articles in the areas of criminology, deviance, education and religion.

Brathberg

Jeffery Bratberg, Pharm. D., BCPS, University of Rhode Island

The CDC, AMC's "The Walking Dead" and Max Brooks’ zombie response books inspired Dr. Bratberg to create a zombie response class, complete with a student-designed and staffed mass dispensing exercise of “Zombivir" for infection prophylaxis, but not bites. Dr Bratberg, an infectious diseases and public health  professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Rhode Island, had previously taught students in his elective class, “Public Health Consequences of Infectious Diseases”, how to write and test comprehensive bioterrorism and pandemic influenza response plans.  He has worked as a consultant to the state to help Rhode Island cities and towns prepare for disasters, and he designed, participated in, and evaluated dozens of municipal and statewide drills in this role. Dr. Bratberg served with the RI-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team responding to Hurricane Katrina. His research interests include expanding pharmacists’ roles in public health, particularly in prevention of opioid drug overdose and death, infectious diseases prevention, expansion of immunization practice, and emergency preparedness.

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