Zombies Stomp on Annual Evening for Educators

Published: September 26, 2013 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Halloween looms, and SUU students as well as local educators are invited to kick off the spooky season with Day of the (Walking) Dead on Tuesday, October 1, a hands-on art workshop and discussion of zombies and celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead as part of the University's Evening for Educators series.

Opening the season and the evening's festivities, SUU’s very own Dr. Kyle Bishop, author of American Zombie Gothic and one of the nation's leading zombie experts, will discuss how zombies have been unexpectedly transformed into more than simple, mindless monsters in the 21st century. With an academic focus on our culture’s fascination with zombie cinema, Bishop will compare Day of the Dead processionals to the increasingly popular zombie walks organized year after year in cities across the nation. Bishop's presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery.

The "walking dead" in popular culture have transformed from monster to icon, appearing on city streets for "zombie walks." Bishop’s expertise is sure to inspire participants with ideas for the activity to follow his presentation; participants will decorate shoes in honor of the Day of the Dead.

Admission to the Day of the (Walking) Dead is free, though participants are encouraged to bring their own shoes — inexpensive basic white canvas sneakers are recommended — to decorate in preparation for the zombie-themed October 25 campus event, "The Scream." Themes such as zombies, Day of the Dead, and general Halloween images are  encouraged. Please note that artwork added to shoes will be permanent.

The festivities, which will from 6 – 9 p.m., qualify as license renewal credit for educators, available through the Utah State Office of Education. This event is supported in partnership with SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts, the Springville Museum of Art, and the StateWide Art Partnership.

SUU’s Evening for Educators is a professional development program that presents the public and K-through-12 teachers with opportunities to look, learn, create and connect with colleagues. This event promises to be a great time, and it provides an opportunity for educators to earn licensure credit, connect with each other, and get a new perspective on a prevalent idea in popular culture.

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