#TransformiveEd:Exploring Difficult Subjects through Comics

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
222 America's Center
Description
Come and learn how the combination of images and text have transformed the museum education field by being able to talk about and create resources to address difficult subjects around diversity and inclusion through comics with students of all ages. Our dynamic session of curators, artists, educators, and writers will share best and next practices.
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn how comics and graphic novels can help museums deal with difficult subjects among visitors of all ages.
  2. Learn best practices of comic education programs across the museum field.
  3. Learn how comics can make collections more accessible to visitors and help generate new audiences.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Evan Keeling
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Exhibit Specialist
Organization: 
Smithsonian Exhibits
Bio
Evan Keeling has a BFA in graphic design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design &is an exhibit specialist at Smithsonian Exhibits. Evan is a founding member of the DC Conspiracy, a collective of Washington, DC area comic book artists &writers. He worked with teens at the National Museum of American History &Hirshhorn Museum's ARTLAB+ to create a series of original comics on the Japanese American Incarceration experience during World War II.
Presenter: 
Jason Rodriguez
Role: 
Presenter
Organization: 
Fulcrum Publishing Inc.
Bio
Jason Rodriguez is an Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated writer and editor. Jason specializes in producing novel-length comic book anthologies, including Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened (Random House, 2007), Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 (Fulcrum, 2014), Artists against Police Brutality (Rosarium, 2015), and Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775 (Fulcrum, 2016). Jason lives in Arlington, VA with two dogs and two cats.
Presenter: 
Jenny Robb
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator and Associate Professor
Organization: 
Cartoon Art Museum
Bio
Jenny Robb received masters degrees in History& Museum Studies from Syracuse University. She served as Curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, CA for 5 years before joining the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in 2005, where she is Curator& Associate Professor. Robb has curated numerous comics exhibitions, most recently, Exploring Calvin& Hobbes & The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons &Comics.
Presenter: 
Lawrence-Minh Davis
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Curator
Presenter: 
Rafael Medoff
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Bio
Dr. Rafael Medoff is director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in D.C.& author or editor of 16 books. He is co-creator of the Disney animation They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust," & has collaborated with Art Spiegelman on Holocaust-related comic strips for the Washington Post,the L.A. Times, The New Republic & Marvel Comics. He is now scripting educational comic books about the Holocaust for high schools."