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The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is proud to announce the 9th International Comics and Medicine Conference! 

AUGUST 16-18, 2018

UPDATE: SPOTLIGHT CONFERENCE EVENTS ANNOUNCED!
 
CCS Feature Event on Thursday, August 16, 7pm
Pencil Me In: The Process & Practice of Graphic Medicine  at The Center for Cartoon Studies.    
by faculty Steve Bissette
Location: Briggs Opera House, 5 S Main St, White River Junction
As an instructor at The Center for Cartoon Studies since its founding in 2005, long-time cartoonist/writer/editor/publisher Stephen R. Bissette has been privileged to witness (and, at times, participate in) the creative process of various cartoonists as they created work that focused on their own personal health issues and histories. Bissette offers an illustrated overview of the path, perils, and potential inherent in the creation of such intensely intimate and introspective works.

CCS Feature Event on Friday, August 17, Doors Open at 7:30pm
Carousel Comics with 
Cara Bean
Suzy Becker
MK Czerwiec
Glynnis Fawkes
Ellen Forney
Jennifer Hayden
Mita Mahato
Marissa Moss
James Sturm with Dave Lloyd
Whitney Taylor
Kriota Willberg
Ian Williams
Host: R. Sikoryak

Location: Engine Room, 188 S Main Street, White River Junction

Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn exhibit, curated by Ellen Forney on display at CCS and Dartmouth Berry Library during the conference!




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Thursday, August 16
 

4:00pm

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6:00pm

Dinner Break
Thursday August 16, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm

7:00pm

Pencil Me In: The Process and Practice of Graphic Medicine at CCS

As an instructor at The Center for Cartoon Studies since its founding in 2005, long-time cartoonist/writer/editor/publisher Stephen R. Bissette has been privileged to witness (and, at times, participate in) the creative process of various cartoonists as they created work that focused on their own personal health issues and histories. Bissette offers an illustrated overview of the path, perils, and potential inherent in the creation of such intensely intimate and introspective works.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Briggs Opera House 5 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA
 
Friday, August 17
 

8:00am

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Ovarian Cancer Vixen?

Moderators
Speakers
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Martha Stoddard Holmes

Professor of Literature and Writing Studies, California State University, San Marcos


Friday August 17, 2018 10:20am - 11:50am
Briggs Opera House 5 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA

10:20am

10:20am

10:20am

10:20am

Beyond Medicine: The Use of Comics in Science Communication

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Matteo Farinella

Matteo Farinella

Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University


Friday August 17, 2018 10:20am - 11:50am
CATV Studios 85 N Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA

10:20am

10:20am

10:20am

12:00pm

Lunch Break
Friday August 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:20pm

12:00pm

1:20pm

Comics as Scholarly Discourse

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Noe

Matthew Noe

Collection Outreach Librarian, Harvard Medical School

Speakers

Friday August 17, 2018 1:20pm - 2:50pm
CCS - Colodny 94 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA

1:20pm

Distinguishing the Comic Book Subgenre of Cancer Narratives

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Noe

Matthew Noe

Collection Outreach Librarian, Harvard Medical School

Speakers
avatar for A. David Lewis

A. David Lewis

Instructor/Manager, MCPHS University
Though I come from a background in literary theory (and comics) and religious studies (and comics), my current work focuses on cancer narratives in comics, specifically how the medium engages the illness and vice versa. Additionally, as part of MCPHS's new School of Healthcare Business... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 1:20pm - 2:50pm
CCS - Colodny 94 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA

1:20pm

Does the Health Librarian Have a Role to Play in the Development and Engagement with Graphic Medicine for End Users Health Literacy?

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Noe

Matthew Noe

Collection Outreach Librarian, Harvard Medical School

Speakers
avatar for Jane Burns

Jane Burns

PhD Student/Librarian, Athlone Institute of Technology


Friday August 17, 2018 1:20pm - 2:50pm
CCS - Colodny 94 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA

1:20pm

1:20pm

Graphic Medicine in the Academic Health Sciences Library

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Noe

Matthew Noe

Collection Outreach Librarian, Harvard Medical School

Speakers

Friday August 17, 2018 1:20pm - 2:50pm
CCS - Colodny 94 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA

1:20pm

Let's Talk about It: How Graphic Texts Express the Unspeakable
Moderators
avatar for Matthew Noe

Matthew Noe

Collection Outreach Librarian, Harvard Medical School

Speakers

Friday August 17, 2018 1:20pm - 2:50pm
CCS - Colodny 94 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA

1:20pm

1:20pm

1:20pm

1:20pm

1:20pm

1:20pm

Cartooning in Education

Speakers
avatar for Cara Bean

Cara Bean

art educator and cartoonist
I love to talk about art, education, mental health, comics, memoir, memory, trauma, and pets.


3:10pm

3:10pm

3:10pm

3:10pm

3:10pm

The Ways Graphic Medicine Works in a Pharmacy School

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Speakers
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Jessica Gross

Assistant Professor of English, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
I am entering my fifth semester of teaching multiple sections of "Comics and Mental Illness" to undergraduates at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.


3:10pm

3:10pm

3:10pm

3:10pm

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Robot Doctor

Moderators
avatar for Michael Green

Michael Green

Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Humanities

Speakers

3:10pm

3:10pm

3:10pm

3:10pm

3:10pm

5:00pm

6:00pm

Dinner Break
Friday August 17, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm

7:30pm

Carousel Comics with R. Sikoyrak!
Speakers
avatar for Cara Bean

Cara Bean

art educator and cartoonist
I love to talk about art, education, mental health, comics, memoir, memory, trauma, and pets.
avatar for MK Czerwiec

MK Czerwiec

Co-manager, GraphicMedicine.org, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MK is a nurse who uses comics to reflect on the complexities of illness and caregiving. She is a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy & Media Engagement and the artist-in-residence at Northwestern Medical School. Her first graphic memoir... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Engine Room 188 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA
 
Saturday, August 18
 

8:00am

8:30am

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9:00am

9:00am

El Viaje Mas Caro: Using Comics to Address Trauma and Isolation Among Migrant Dairy Workers in Vermont

Speakers
avatar for Andy Kolovos

Andy Kolovos

Co-Director and Archvist, Vermont Folklife Center
Vermont based folklorist and ethnographic archivist. Co-coordinator of the National Folklore Archive Initiative.


Saturday August 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Dartmouth: Moore Hall - B03 3 Maynard St, Hanover, NH 03755, USA

9:00am

10:45am

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10:45am

Working Collaboratively to Create a Local Public Health Comics Identity

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Alberda

Alexandra Alberda

Doctoral Researcher, Bournemouth University
My research is in graphic medicine and curatorial practice. I would be interested in possibly arranging a time to interview gm curators and artists about their practice, as well as gm exhibit visitors about their experiences. And, I would love to talk to anyone at the conference about... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm
Dartmouth: Moore Hall - B03 3 Maynard St, Hanover, NH 03755, USA

10:45am

12:15pm

Lunch Break
Saturday August 18, 2018 12:15pm - 2:00pm

2:00pm

Constructing Curricula

Graphic Medicine is increasingly being taught in the classroom, with curricula being developed for undergraduates, medical students, graduate students and others. This working group is for people interested in sharing ideas about teaching Graphic Medicine, developing curricula, and creating a syllabus exchange for Graphic Medicine. Some questions to consider:

• How should Graphic Medicine be taught in the classroom?
• What resources currently exist?
• What methods are effective for teaching people to critically read comics?
• What techniques are useful for helping learners create their own graphic narratives?
• What’s the best way to share and disseminate curricula?

Working group participants are encouraged to bring their own syllabi and to avail themselves to the publicly-available syllabus created for the National Library of Medicine exhibit on Graphic Medicine: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/graphicmedicine/education-highered1.html

Looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Green

Michael Green

Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Humanities


2:00pm

Dying, Death, and Comics

This session will take on topics from suicide to devastating illness, and advance directives, and how graphic formats help us to convey ideas and support discussion in a helpful if not painless manner. We will have brief presentations followed by a wrap up by MK and open time for community discussion.

• How can graphic narratives help us to grasp and tolerate the pain of devastating illness?
• What are some ways that any person can use to create effective graphic content on difficult topics such as suicide?
• How does the use of graphic content clarify complex topics we tend to avoid such as the need for advance directives?
• How do we use story lines in graphic narratives to convey important content and meaning?
• Can we use comics to break out of the usual ‘Hollywood’ style where everything turns out ok, to better reflect real situations?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for MK Czerwiec

MK Czerwiec

Co-manager, GraphicMedicine.org, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MK is a nurse who uses comics to reflect on the complexities of illness and caregiving. She is a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy & Media Engagement and the artist-in-residence at Northwestern Medical School. Her first graphic memoir... Read More →
avatar for Jana Panarites

Jana Panarites

Founder; Host of The Agewyz Podcast, Agewyz Media
Author of the book, "Scattered: My Year As An Accidental Caregiver" and host of The Agewyz Podcast on caregiving and healthy aging. Presentation will be a mix of PPT and audio clips from interviews I've done with guest of the podcast talking about death and dying. Folks can talk... Read More →


2:00pm

Graphic Medicine Meeting the Moment: Working Towards Social Justice

This working group will address how we create, consume, and disseminate graphic medicine within the context of social justice. In recent years, we have seen an influx of personal narratives, comics journalism, and instructional materials related to health, wellness, medicine, and advocacy. We will discuss specific works while considering how access, distribution, cultural competency, education, industry gatekeeping, marketing, and other factors influence their reach, effectiveness, and impact.

Some discussion questions include:

• How do we define social justice in the context of graphic medicine?
• How can we use comics and other forms of graphic medicine to address health disparities and other forms of injustice
• What must we consider when creating and publishing materials intended to improve health literacy?
• What are ways that we can make the practice of creating graphic medicine (and other forms of art) more sustainable for creators?

Group Facilitator: Whit Taylor, Conference Keynote Speaker

Speakers

2:00pm

Technique, Aesthetics, Criticism, and Finding Common Ground

This working group will investigate principles of visual storytelling within the graphic medicine community. Can we effectively evaluate and honor the comics of the patient, cartoonist, caregiver, and scientist, using the same aesthetic criteria? Investigation of these issues is important in training artists, writers, healthcare professionals, educators, and others interested in creating or using graphic medicine in a variety of contexts. We’ll look at examples of graphic medicine narratives from a variety of sources. All attendees are invited to discuss aesthetic language and models of creative evaluation supportive of the needs of different creators.

Some questions for discussion include:

• Are there aesthetic values unique to this niche of graphic narrative making? • How much technical skill is necessary to create impactful narratives in this medium?

• How do we create dialogue regarding the technique and aesthetics of effective graphic narratives without dismissing the value of what might be called “naïve” rendering and writing styles?

• Should creators be informed of inaccurate data or biased language if they haven’t asked for such feedback?

Speakers

Saturday August 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dartmouth: Moore Hall - B03 3 Maynard St, Hanover, NH 03755, USA

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6:00pm