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Wednesday October 12th, 2016

Posted at 9:14pm

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The University of Windsor is hosting a conference devoted to surviving the zombie apocalypse.

The two-day conference is open to the public and will feature a screening of a viewer’s choice zombie film on the evening of Friday October 28th.   Saturday, October 29th will be filled with panel discussions ranging from how to prepare for any disaster (including zombies), as well as why we are so fascinated with the zombie metaphor and other practical implications of the collapse of civilization.

“This conference is a great way for the public to better understand the role of the university in solving complex problems. We choose the zombie apocalypse as the theme because it speaks to popular culture, but it also lets us deal with pretty serious issues in a non-threatening way,” says conference organizer Lydia Miljan.

The conference also features a number of workshops including self-defense, food security, zombie diagnosis, zombie makeup, and emergency preparedness.

The conference concludes with a zombie walk at 6pm starting in Dieppe Park and ending on campus with live music from the band the Brandy Alexanders. The zombie walk is free and open to the public, canned food donations are encouraged that will be donated to the Downtown Mission.

Early bird registration to October 18 is $10 for students and $25 for adults. Admission includes refreshments, a boxed lunch, and a pretty cool emergency kit. Some workshops have space limitations; those interested should register early to avoid disappointment. More detailed information and registration can be found at www.uwindsor.ca/zombies.

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