Comics is theme of WorldCanvass® season opener Sept. 23

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We open the third season of WorldCanvass® on September 23 at 5:00 p.m. with an exhilarating examination of comics as an international and artistic art form.

Whether individual cartoons, comic strips, graphic novels, films, television programs or fine art, comics occupy a unique space in the realm of communication through visual art. They can speak across cultures and hold any imaginable message. They can exist as political commentary, create a universe of superheroes and villains, transmit a public heath message, re-tell great myths and historical events or simply entertain. Suffice it to say that comics speak a language all their own and our guests will examine that language from varied vantage points.

UI faculty organizers of the 2011 Humanities Symposium “Comics, Creativity and Culture,” Rachel Williams of Women’s Studies, Ana Merino of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Corey Creekmur of Cinema and Comparative Literature, will discuss the power, range and legitimacy of comics and will offer a comprehensive overview of events and activities related to the Symposium that will take place on the UI campus and in numerous community venues from October 6-8.

We’ll discuss such topics as: the origins and international presence of comics; the political, cultural and social impact of comics; graphic novels and graphic language in art; comics as the birthplace of superheroes and villains; teaching comics; and comics as a multi-layered genre represented not only in paper and book form but also on television and in film.

Additional WorldCanvass guests include Kathleen Edwards, Sean O’Harrow, Marshall Poe, Mark Isham, Zach Power, Nicholas Yanes and Matthew Brown.

Please join us in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum at 5:00 p.m. for this fun and lively discussion!

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WorldCanvass time slots on UITV are:
Fridays – 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – 2:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Production partners for WorldCanvass are: UITV, the Pentacrest Museums, KRUI and Information Technology Services. International Programs, your global intersection, connects students, faculty, staff, and the Iowa community to the world.

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