Zombie Walk to Raise Disaster Awareness

Characters of all kinds will be converging on the Truman campus and downtown Kirksville for the Oct. 27 Zombie Walk, an event intended to bring added awareness to the issue of disaster preparedness.

Sponsored by the Truman Institute and “Zombie Scholars Academy,” the event is open to the public and starts on the Truman Mall with registration and a performance by Illusion Danz. Participating zombies will join the procession, dragging themselves through campus and down Franklin Street. Zombies reach their final destination, Picker’s Famous, at 5:30 p.m., where limited seating will be available for a 6 p.m. showing of George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” and a preceding performance by True Men.

A donation of two non-perishable food items is required to participate in the zombie walk and proceeds will be donated to the United Way.  Cash contributions, in lieu of food items, are acceptable and will also be donated to the United Way. Admission to the film requires two non-perishable food items, if not already donated for the walk. Appropriate zombie costuming and an apparent loss of motor control is expected of all participants, and an adult should accompany children under the age of 13.

Awards will be given for the best zombie costumes and a drawing will be conducted for prizes relative to the zombie theme at the conclusion of the walk. From fake wounds to ketchup stains and torn garments, participants are encouraged to embrace their inner ghoul and “dress the part.”
“The Zombie Scholars Academy” is a new summer youth academy designed by the Truman Institute which aims at fostering critical thinking and problem solving skills by situating students in a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. The Institute is working cooperatively with various health professionals, researchers and literary figures to launch the new program and focus attention on disaster preparedness, as well as a range of topics in both the sciences and the humanities.
People interested in the Zombie Walk can learn more by visiting zombie.truman.edu/media/walk/ or by calling 660.785.5384.