AU Professor to Present Reading from New Book

AU Professor to Present Reading from New Book

10/6/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Richard Gray, associate professor of foreign languages at Ashland University, will hold a talk and reading from his upcoming book on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Schar College of Education’s Ronk Lecture Hall.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be introduced and moderated by Dr. Laura Burch, associate professor of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the College of Wooster. In addition, Gray is scheduled to give an interview on AU’s radio station, WRDL-88.9, at 8:30 a.m. that same day, discussing his book and previewing the evening’s event.

Gray’s book is titled “Zombies: An Anthropological Investigation of the Living Dead.” According to Gray, this book is a translation of forensic pathologist Philippe Charlier’s scientific investigation of zombie culture and Haitian Vodou called Zombis. Enquête sur les morts-vivants (Tallandier 2015).

Appearing on numerous radio and television programs in France, Dr. Charlier is a renowned expert in forensic science throughout Europe. He is arguably most famous for his 2012 pathological examination of the embalmed heart of King Richard the Lionheart.

With the July 2017 death of George Romero, father of the zombie film culture, an understanding of the “real” Haitian zombie has become increasingly more important.

“In addition to 19 chapters in which Charlier explores the zombie phenomenon in Haiti “avec son double regard de médecin légiste et d’anthropologue”/“with his dual perspective as a forensic pathologist and as an anthropologist,” my translation of his work includes an author’s preface written by Charlier himself, Translator’s Notes, a Glossary of Haitian Créole terminology, and a Translator’s Afterword,” Gray said. “This book will be of interest both to scholars of Francophone Studies as well as to professionals in the field of forensic science.”

Gray said the book is available through online bookstores and additional information on the content of this book is posted on the University Press of Florida website at

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