Exploring comic books, gaming, and pop culture

Ironheart, Champions, and Ms. Marvel: Eve Ewing’s Comics
In addition to being a sociologist and poet, Eve Ewing also writes for Marvel comics. CBR calls Ewing’s Ironheart “a breath of fresh air”, and The Mary Sue celebrates Ewing’s development of Riri Williams: “We get to really see the psychological weight of what it means to be young, gifted, and black”. This discussion will dig into Ewing’s impact on the Marvel universe.

After Watchmen: Interpreting and Misinterpreting a Superhero Comic
Allen Moore’s epic graphic novel, The Watchmen, is often credited for transforming how we see superhero stories. The heroes we see at the movies, on Netflix, or in modern comics can be traced back to the Watchmen in the 1980s. In this talk, fine arts faculty member, Erik LaGattuta, explores the significance as well as the artistic storytelling behind The Watchmen.

So We’re Playing Video Games Today: The Importance of Teaching With All Literacies
Please join this panel of educators and school administrators from the Lit-X collective as they discuss the importance of teaching with all literacies including video games, comics, music, and film.  And while this session will focus primarily on use in the middle school and secondary classroom, lesson planning ideas will span all grades.

Watching on YouTube: Westworld: Robots, Entertainment, Power & Desire
Faculty members from different areas of study will discuss HBO’s hit show Westworld. They will consider this show as a commentary on our relationship with technology, the ways we engage in entertainment, and the power dynamics underlying modern life.

Gaming Day
Friday, September 27th, 11am – 2pm, Library Coffee Bar
Students, staff, and faculty can stop by to play favorite games or learn something new. No experience required!