Surviving the End of the World
“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
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Panelists Will Include:
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.
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.
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.