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Austin Peay State University’s new Spanish Class tackles Vampires and Zombies

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The last few years have been rough for Spain. The unemployment rate is close to 30 percent, which has led to daily protests and civil unrest in that European nation. For some scholars, this turmoil helps explain the sudden popularity of vampire and zombie literature in that country.

“Spain is in shambles,” Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo, Austin Peay State University associate professor of Spanish, said. “From 2008, the world crisis has hit them hard. When you read a novel from Spain about a zombie apocalypse, it makes you feel like this is happening. You feel the same destruction of society in every aspect.”

APSU associate professor Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo.

APSU associate professor Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo.

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APSU professors discuss zombies at Nashville Comic-Con and Atlanta symposium

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – “It would take a perfect storm to achieve a pandemic of zombie apocalypse proportion,” Dr. Amy Thompson, Austin Peay State University associate professor of biology, said during a recent talk at the Nashville Comic Con event.

Although a zombie apocalypse is purely fictional, she does think the recent zombie craze offers an opportunity to engage students in important, real-life topics, such as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

Dr. Antonio Thompson and Dr. Amy Thompson are spreading the word about the new scholarly book they are co-editing, “The Real World Implications of a Zombie Apocalypse.” (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff)

Dr. Antonio Thompson and Dr. Amy Thompson are spreading the word about the new scholarly book they are co-editing, “The Real World Implications of a Zombie Apocalypse.” (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff)

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Austin Peay State University professors to publish scholarly book on zombies

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Dr. Antonio Thompson, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, sat in his office after final exams last December, contemplating the moral implications of killing a zombie.

“If it’s caused by a virus, then theoretically it could be cured,” he said. “So what’s your legal obligation to zombies? Are they humans, monsters, animals?”

His wife, APSU associate professor of biology Dr. Amy Thompson, was more concerned with how the undead came to take over the world.

APSU associate professor of history Dr. Antonio Thompson and his wife, APSU associate professor of biology Dr. Amy Thompson, discuss the zombie apocalypse with APSU students dressed as zombies. The students include Richard Borges, Kylee Dick, Amanda Gruver, Raistlin Delisle, Maja Paro, Eric Roberts, and Dustin Waters. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff)

APSU associate professor of history Dr. Antonio Thompson and his wife, APSU associate professor of biology Dr. Amy Thompson, discuss the zombie apocalypse with APSU students dressed as zombies. The students include Richard Borges, Kylee Dick, Amanda Gruver, Raistlin Delisle, Maja Paro, Eric Roberts, and Dustin Waters. (Photo by Beth Liggett/APSU staff)

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Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series to discuss Axis Prisoners of War (POWs)

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University history faculty member whose research focuses on prisoners of war (POW) will talk about the Axis POWs held in the U.S. during World War II as part of the next Provost Lecture Series at APSU.

Dr. Antonio Thompson, associate professor of history, will present at 3:00pm, Thursday, November 15th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay Provost Lecture Series to focus on volcanic eruption

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University geologist whose expertise in volcanoes is well established in the field will share a three-dimensional analysis of the 1999 eruption of the Shishaldin Volcano in Alaska as part of the next Provost Lecture Series at APSU.

Dr. Lindsay Szramek, assistant professor of geosciences, will present “Three-Dimensional Analysis of Mafic Pumice from the 1999 sub-Plinian eruption of Shishaldin Volcano, Alaska” at 3:00pm, Thursday, November 8th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU Provost Lecture Series to feature interpretations of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – For historians, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a fairy tale that is much more than a children’s story. In fact, the tale carries varied perspectives of American culture and society at the turn of the century.

In 1964, Henry M. Littlefield argued that the “Wizard of Oz” was a populist parable where the Cowardly Lion represents William Jennings Bryan, The Tin Man symbolizes an industrialized worker, and the Scarecrow stands for the populist farmer. «Read the rest of this article»

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Dorothy Dix Collection video to be featured at the next APSU Provost Lecture Series

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Video production about the comprehensive Dorothy Dix Collection at Austin Peay State University will be the next project presented at the Provost Lecture Series.

Kathy Heuston, associate professor of communication at APSU, and Inga Filippo, professor and instructional librarian at APSU, will share the video Heuston and her students created at 3:00pm, Thursday, October 18th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series also can be viewed in real time via online streaming at www.ustream.tv/channel.apsu. The sessions also are recorded and can be viewed later on APSU’s iTunes public site. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series to focus on service learning in college courses

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Incorporating service learning into the college curriculum is a growing instructional tool, one that will be explored further at the next Provost Lecture Series at Austin Peay State University.

Three women – Naomi Rendina, adjunct instructor of history at APSU, Alexandra Wills, assistant director of service and civic engagement at APSU, and Lisa Kurtz, representative with Americorps VISTA – will present “Beyond the Classroom: Enriching Community Partnerships to Promote Student Success” at 3:00pm, Thursday, October 11th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU Provost Lecture Series to discuss challenges in City Management

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University public management professor will discuss her book on the challenges experienced in city management as part of the next Provost Lecture Series.

Dr. Beck Starnes, associate professor of public management, will present at 3:00pm, Thursday, October 4th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series discusses students’ critical thinking skills in writing

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The effects of an intended audience on students’ critical thinking skills in writing assignments will be the topic of the next Provost Lecture Series at Austin Peay State University.

Dr. Gray Kane, faculty development analyst in APSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning, will present “Intended Audience and Critical Thinking Skills” at 3:00pm, Thursday, September 27th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303.

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