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Galvanizing Social Justice Through Comics

Art Spiegelman Presents: "Comics is the Yiddish of Art"
Thursday, November 9, 2017
5:00-6:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Art Spiegelman has helped bring comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative MAUS— which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. MAUS II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. His presentation will take his audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, all the while explaining the value of this medium and why it should not be ignored. He believes that in our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for "comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.”

In 2004 he completed a two-year cycle of broadsheet-sized color comics pages, In the Shadow of No Towers, first published in a number of European newspapers and magazines including Die Zeit and The London Review of Books. A book version of these highly political works was published by Pantheon in the United States, appeared on many national bestseller lists, and was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004.

This event is co-presented by Judaic Studies, the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative, and the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Please contact Ashley Bates ( with any questions.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Michigan Theater
Event Type: Presentation
Tags: International
Source: Happening @ Michigan from International Institute, Judaic Studies, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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The International Institute’s centers sponsor numerous conferences, lectures, exhibits, and cultural performances throughout the year. These events are designed to educate the university community and the public about global issues and inspire discussion and dialogue. 

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