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In which I lecture about zombies at the Indian Trails Library

I have a lecture today at 1.30pm in Wheeling, IL, at the Indian Trails Public Library District. Come join us! Zombies 101 Grade 6 and up. Zombie Research Society Expert and Columbia College Chicago Professor, Brendan Riley explains everything you need to know about zombies. He explores the history of zombies and the philosophy behind […]

In Which I tell Real Simple Magazine about zombies

Real Simple magazine ran a piece on Zombies in this year’s October magazine, and guess who’s quoted in the article?  Thanks to Kate Booth for sending me the pictures. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

In which my course “doesn’t sound right no matter how seriously you phrase it”

The Times of India has joined the “look at all these stupid courses” game with their own collection of summaries, including a bizarre summary of my course (and PERHAPS a course about embalming as well?  It’s weird).  Here’s the relevant text: Class on zombies Official course title: Zombies In Popular Media What it means: Slacker […]

Dispatches from the Age of Electracy: Profile Pictures and the Digital Age

In a professional development panel at Midwest PCA 2014, I spoke with two colleagues about the job search and job interview process.  In particular, the subject of our panel was “how to give a good interview.”  We discussed Skype interviews and the many pitfalls that emerge from them.  In particular, I mentioned that it was […]

Dispatches from the Age of Electracy: I Zombify Myself to Teach About Zombies

A couple weeks ago, I was invited to Skype in to the Crane River Theater company’s zombie run training session to provide a little information for the zombie participants there.  I wasn’t able to do it live, so I sent them a 15 minute video to show instead.  They recently sent me a thank you […]

In which I pontificate for the Southern Hemisphere

I did an interview with Kenji Sato of Sydney, Australia’s 2ser 107.3, on the nature of zombie stories.  Take a listen. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

In which I say zombies represent the “downfall of civilization”

I was interviewed by Delaware Online for an article about zombies.  Check it out: It’s a scary, uncertain world: Ebola, ISIS, road rage and home invasions. No wonder we find comfort in zombies, ghosts and creatures of the night. Zombies represent “the downfall of civilization,” said Brendan Riley, an associate professor of English at Columbia […]

In which I am cited as yet another bad example

The Journal Courier is a central Illinois newspaper that thinks college classes about popular culture are all about attracting students.  A prime example of this “trendy” move? You guessed it: A few years ago, universities realized they had to show they were more than just stuffy places with ivory towers and doctors with bow-ties. College-age […]

In which I explain why horror fans are visible

Sometimes, when you do an interview with a reporter, you discover afterward that they mangled what you said or pushed and pulled the conversation to get the one quote they wanted.  Fine, I understand how it’s done.  But in this article by Spencer Hall at the award-winning Columbia Chronicle, my comments reflect quite accurately the […]

Thoughts on the first week of class

We got new directory portraits taken last week. I have two classes this semester: The Rhetoric of Digital Media and Literary Genres: Detective Fiction.  Here are a few thoughts on the first week: My opening spiel for the Digital Media class had to be tuned somewhat, since I used to start the class (formerly called […]

July 2014

My blog was on hiatus from Feb 2 – August 27, 2014.  This post was written post-facto to highlight key events. July was a fun month.  We took a family trip in the pop up camper to Mackinac Island and the UP before joining friends at a campground in eastern Wisconsin.  Highlights: Playing cards in […]

In which I explain America’s Obsession with Zombies

A very nice piece on Chicago Talks by Shanice Harris explores zombies a bit, using everyone’s favorite zombie expert, yours truly.  Check it out! …Dr. Brendan Riley is an English professor at Columbia College Chicago and teaches a class entitled Zombies in Popular Media, which has been in existence since 2007. According to the course […]

In which I am on TV.

Follow this link to watch the clip. (CBS) –  At the “Statesville Haunted Prison,” crowds are dying to spend 35 bucks just to get in. “It was so scary absolutely nuts, ” Angie Zaberniak tells CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole. Producers have their work cut out for them. When John La Flamboy with Zombie Army Productions […]

Gave a talk, still overwhelmed!

Greetings, dear readers.  In the past ten days I’ve accomplished five of the seven big things I needed to do: Grade New Media projects Give my talk on COLUMBO at MPCA Write and give the MPCA Pub Quiz Attend MPCA/ACA Finish and give my talk at the Palatine Public Library   Finish gathering and send […]

It’s official! PCA/ACA Executive Director of Operations

Many of you know that last October I was tapped by the PCA/ACA to serve as Interim Executive Director during the transition from one Executive Team to another.  Working with the officers and my team-mates (Joe Hancock, Lee Halper, and Alex Lamberti), I helped organize the 2013 PCA/ACA annual conference.  It looks like I will […]