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African American Studies 301, Black Identities, Families and Cultures

Students will have the opportunity to earn an additional credit for this class by participating in a trip to Havana, Cuba over Spring Break: March 4-8, 2013. The Cuba component will provide an incredibly rich learning experience and allow students to explore African American and diasporic intellectual connections and traditions.  Additionally, this trip will enhance the examination of course issues by allowing a cross-cultural exploration of ideas of "Blackness", race and resistance.

 

February 23, 2012

OUTSIDE THE LINES:
Reconfiguring Race in American Comics, Animation and Graphic Novels

A colloquium concerning issues of diversity, commerce, artistic control, stereotypes, discrimination, aesthetics and pressing debates over the role and responsibility of artists and the comic art and narratives they create.


Panel A: Questions of Racial Authenticity in Comics and Graphic Novels: 9:30-10:45am
Panel B: Racial & Gender Intersectionality in Comics and Graphic Novels: 11:00-12:15pm
Panel C: Radical Racial Discourse and Imagery in Comics and Graphic Novels: 12:15-1:30pm
Panel D: Film and Television Adaptations of Comics/Graphic Novels: 2-3:30pm

Participants:
LeSean Thomas, Character Designer & Co-Director of "The Boondocks"
Lalo Alcaraz, Creator of the nationally syndicated Latino daily strip, "La Cucaracha"
Eric Battle, freelance artist, DC and Marvel Comics
Nnedi Okorafor, award-winning science fiction and fantasy novelist
Brandon M. Easton, screenwriter on Warner Bros. new ThunderCats TV series
Stanford Carpenter, Assistant Professor, Visual and Critical Studies-SAIC
Qiana Whitted, Associate Professor, African-American Studies-Univ. of South Carolina
John Jennings, Associate Professor, Visual Studies-SUNY Buffalo


Ahamanson Auditorium/University Hall 1000

Sponsored by African American Studies and the Office of Black Student Services 

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OUTSIDE THE LINES: RECONFIGURING RACE IN AMERICAN COMICS, ANIMATION AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Morning Mixer: 9-9:30am

Welcome and Opening Remarks -- Dr. Adilifu Nama


Panel A: 9:30-10:45am
Questions of Genre, Canon and Racial Authenticity in Comics and Graphic Novels

Speaker 1. Stanford Carpenter -- Assistant Professor, ethnographic studies, Visual and Critical Studies.
Speaker 2. Eric Battle -- has worked with both DC and Marvel Comics, creating pencils for Spiderman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and other comics.
Speaker 3. Linh Hua - LMU Lecturer, Women's Studies, Afrofuturism, Asian & African American Literature


Panel B: 11:00-12:15pm
Racial and Gender Intersectionality, Chicano/Asian-ness as Exotic Blackness in Comics

Speaker 1. Ashley Woods -- Independent illustrator and writer of several popular Manga styled comics.
Speaker 2. Qiana Whitted -- Associate Professor of English & African American Studies University of South Carolina
Speaker 3. Stella Oh -- Associate Professor / Chair Women's Studies, LMU
Speaker 4. Frances Gateward - Assistant Professor, Co-editor of the Journal of Japanese & Korean Cinema, CSUN


Panel C: 12:15-1:30pm
Radical Racial Discourse and Imagery in Comics, Animation and Graphic Novels

LeSean Thomas, Character Designer & Co-Director of "The Boondocks"
Lalo Alcaraz, Creator of the nationally syndicated Latino daily strip, "La Cucaracha"
Arie Monroe - Freelance illustrator.
Juan Mah y Busch -- Assoc. Prof / Interim Director of the Institute of Bio Ethics LMU

   

Panel D: 2-3:30pm
Film and Television Adaptations of Comics/Graphic Novels
 

Nnedi Okorafor, award-winning science fiction and fantasy novelist
Brandon M. Easton, screenwriter on Warner Bros. new ThunderCats TV series
Stanford Carpenter, Assistant Professor, Visual and Critical Studies-SAIC

Panel Moderator: John Jennings -- Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Panel Moderator: Adilifu Nama - -Chair and Associate Professor African American Studies Department

 


Closing mixer at the end of the conference in the atrium outside the auditorium

Ahmanson Auditorium/University Hall 1000/LMU/1 LMU Drive, Los Angels, CA 90045