Experts Ready to Discuss Halloween Topics

Texas Tech faculty know about blood suckers, brain eaters and the horror of Halloween buyer's remorse.

Written by Cory Chandler

Blood suckers, brain eaters, spiders, ghosts and massive credit card bills – what could be scarier? Texas Tech University faculty have expertise on a range of Halloween-themed topics. Are vampires or zombies the hottest monsters this year? When did vampires get to be so sexy, anyway? And why do we spend so much money dressing up like them?  Feel free to discuss.

Zombies and Horror Movies

Rob Weiner, pop-culture guru and subject librarian for the Texas Tech University Library, can speak about horror in movies, literature and comics. He teaches courses on the history of horror in cinema and he has written books on comics and transgressive filmmaking. He can be reached at(806) 742-2238 ext. 282, or rob.weiner@ttu.edu.

Shopping Frenzy

When it comes to the money Americans will spend on Halloween, it’s downright scary. And the psychology behind the spending fury is as hard to pin down as a ghost in the night.  Debbie Laverie, a marketing professor and retailing expert, can discuss Halloween’s marketing impact on the economy. Laverie can be reached at (806) 742-3953, or debbie.laverie@ttu.edu.

Vampires

The sexy vampires of today’s movies are very different from the monsters of eastern European folklore. Erin Collopy, an assistant professor of classical and modern languages, can speak about their origins and their changing image in pop culture. She can be reached at (806) 742-3286, or erin.collopy@ttu.edu.

Ghosts

Genaro J. Perez, professor of Hispanic literature, can speak about ghosts, legends and the devil in Mexican literature. He can be reached at (806) 742-3145ext. 281, or genaro.perez@ttu.edu.

Dia De Los Muertos

Jane Bell, director of special projects for Texas Tech’s International Cultural Center, and Tina Fuentes, professor and interim director of the School of Art, can speak about the history, modern beliefs, decorations and objects associated with Dia de los Muertos. Fuentes has experienced the ceremonies in Mexico and helps organize the Lubbock Dia de los Muertos procession each year. Bell can be reached at jane.bell@ttu.edu. Fuentes can be reached at (806) 742-3825 ext. 255 or tina.fuentes@ttu.edu.

Spiders

James Cokendopher, research associate for the Natural Science Research Laboratory in Texas Tech Museum, can speak about spider species. He can be reached at (806) 742-2486 ext. 266, or cokendolpher@aol.com

Bats

Robert Baker, Horn professor of biology,can discuss the vampire bats that drink the blood of their hosts under the cover of darkness.  He can be reached at(806) 742-2702 or robert.baker@ttu.edu.

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