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How Do We Look?: Racial Reckoning through Comics

Sep 9, 2022

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Iowa City Public Library,

123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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This event is part of the 2022-23 Mellon Sawyer Seminar, "Racial Reckoning through Comics." In addition to a year-long intensive seminar with local participants, this Sawyer Seminar will feature a series of public presentations by prominent visiting creators and scholars, a film series, workshops, podcasts, and other public events, all of which will critically engage questions of racial representation in the popular international formats of comics.

"How Do We Look?" Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 9

10–11 a.m. Coffee and Welcome

11 a.m. – noon. Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Texas, Austin): "Geometrizing Ethnoracial Formation Narratives in BIPOC Teen Comics"

Noon–2 p.m. Lunch Break

2–3 p.m. Stacey Robinson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): "Calculating the Sensory Aesthetics of Black Liberation"

4–5 p.m. Reception 

Saturday, September 10

11 a.m. – noon. Rebecca Wanzo (Washington University, St. Louis): "Redrawing the Western Canon: Race, Identification, and 'High' Art in Comics"

Noon–2 p.m. Lunch Break

2–3 p.m. Bishakh Som (Brooklyn, New York), Presentation

4–5 p.m. Panel discussion

Guest speaker bios and website forthcoming. Free and open to all. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at