Drexel Hosts Zombie Con This Thursday

Courtesy of drexel.edu

Courtesy of drexel.edu

Scholars will bring the walking dead to life this Thursday at Zom(bie) Con: Feed Your Brrraaiins.

The daylong symposium will delve into all things zombie, with guest speakers sharing their perspectives and analyzing our fascination with zombie lit, zombie movies, and basically anything with the word zombie attached to it. But, according to press materials, they’ll take a look at the serious side of these lumbering horror figures, too.

“Zombies can help us deal with some difficult topics,” says Kevin Egan, PhD, director for the Center of Interdisciplinary Inquiry in Drexel University’s Pennoni Honors College.  “For example, if you look at film director George Romero’s use of zombies in the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead as a proxy for race relations at the time, you can see that not only are zombies really interesting and scary, but they can also represent some critically important problems that society is contending with.”​

Zom(bie) Con will be held at Drexel on Thursday, May 14th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending must register here.

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Drexel’s Upcoming Costume Exhibition

Dream closet status | Screenshot via Youtube

Dream closet status. | Screenshot via Youtube.

Ever wonder what goes into those insanely cool costume exhibitions Drexel hosts? Here’s your opportunity to find out. Drexel is hosting an event this Saturday with none other than Clare Sauro, the curator herself, to give guests a super-exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of a fashion exhibit as well as their not-yet-on-display retrospective exhibition, Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection
(it doesn’t debut until October 2nd!). Read more »

Drexel Wants to Teach You About Restaurant Law

The lecture will be hosted by Drexel's school of Hospitality

The lecture will be hosted by Drexel’s school of Hospitality

Maybe your parents were disappointed that your love of food kept you from going to law school (what, I’m not projecting or anything).

Well, if you go to Drexel’s “Taste of Law with Greenberg Traurig, LLP” Lecture on Monday, Apr. 20, you can tell your parents that you basically went to law school anyway. And, at just $20 per person, this law school education will come with a much lower price tag than if you went the more traditional route.

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Drexel Professor Accidentally Sends Anal Beads Porn to Law Students

File this under “Big ol’ oopsie.”

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Above the Law reports that Lisa McElroy, a professor at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, accidentally sent her students an email that contained a link to a PornHub video called “She Loves Her Anal Beads.”

The email came with the subject line “great article on writing briefs,” but, well, that’s not exactly what the students got.

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Drexel Announces iPad Vending Machine

Had they unveiled it a day earlier we might have thought it was a prank. Drexel and the Free Library — spurred on by the success of the school’s MacBook dispensing unit —  announced yesterday that an iPad vending machine of sorts at the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships will make a cool dozen Apple tablets available, free of charge and for four-hour stretches, to Drexel ID-brandishing students and library card-carrying residents of the neighboring Manuta and Powelton Village neighborhoods. Read more »

Cocktail 101: Drexel Opens Mixology Class To The Public

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For those baffled by the art of cocktail making, Drexel is opening a limited number of seats in their new class “Spirits and Mixology” to the general public. The class will explore the history and processes of major spirits, as well as cocktail-making, from basic to innovative. Lesson number one? No one who knows better ever calls it “mixology” anymore.

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Philadelphia’s New Boom

A view of Center City from Penn Medicine’s Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics, taken on a February morning at sunrise. Photograph by Chris Sembrot

A view of Center City from Penn Medicine’s Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics, taken on a February morning at sunrise. Photograph by Chris Sembrot

Were you here in 1987? (Actually: Were you even born?) If you were, maybe you remember the thrill of One Liberty Place rising in the sky — an honest-to-God Philadelphia skyscraper at last, looking down on Billy Penn’s hat. How about the early ’60s, when Society Hill emerged from a hardscrabble neighborhood and Penn Center gave a new sleekness to downtown?

We find ourselves in one of those moments again — a period when our physical surroundings are changing quickly and drastically around us. What’s different this time is the breadth of the change, with new buildings and revitalized neighborhoods and inviting public spaces emerging all at once all across the city. We’re calling it the New Boom, and on the following pages we give you an inside look at the eight trends that are fundamentally reshaping Philadelphia — and a sneak preview of the revitalized city we’ll live in for the next half century.

Edited by Ashley Primis

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