Source: Baltimore Sun
University of Baltimore professor Arnold Blumberg is the teacher of a new course known as English 333 (“Media Genres”), which is part of the minor in Pop Culture. The college describes the pop culture in this way:
You will learn to read, interpret, critique and utilize various media to become more savvy consumers of popular culture. You will examine a variety of media-from print, film and television to popular music and video games-that focus on representations of historical figures and events, families, racial and ethnic groups, and political issues. Along the way, you will learn about the historical, social, business and governmental forces that affect popular culture as well as the psychological motivations for embracing or rejecting aspects of popular culture.
English 333, will be featuring Zombie films.
It was Worm Eye’s decaying visage from Fulci’s Zombi 2 that called to a young Blumberg from the shelf of a Randallstown video store in the 1980s. Without him, maybe Blumberg wouldn’t be here today, teaching a new generation about his favorite movie monster. “Zombies are one of the most potent, direct reflections of what we’re thinking moment to moment in our culture,” Blumberg tells the class. Students will watch 16 zombie films, read zombie comics and have the chance to write scripts or draw storyboards for their ideal zombie flicks.
“It’s a back door into a lot of subjects,” Jonathan Shorr (chair of the school of communications design) says. “They think they’re taking this wacko zombie course, and they are. But on the way, they learn how literature and mass media work, and how they come to reflect our times.”
Other colleges have done similar courses in “Zombie” like Chicago’s Columbia College. “I think the breakdown of human society has a great pull on people as an idea,” says Ziegler, a part-time student who also teaches computer science at Archbishop Curley High School. “People like to think about how they’d do if zombies took over.”
Good luck, students!