Comic Studies & Practices Symposium session occurring at Green Bay Campus

Professors Bryan Carr and Clifton Ganyard will discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent simultaneous runs on the Black Panther and Captain America series in the context of the skepticism, hope, and desire to challenge historical myth as seen in long-form works like Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power. They argue that these two comics are an accessible Rosetta Stone to introduce and decode the complex narrative threads of Coates’ larger body of work – and from an LIS standpoint, a means to engage with and complement other pivotal works that inspired it. Parallels between these two contemporaneous series and contradictions between their different standpoints will be identified, and suggestions for how the superhero metaphor can be used to answer questions of history and identity will be provided. This panel will also make the case for curating collections and hosting community discussions of these related works.

The session, called “Breaking and Remaking the Myths: History, Legacy, and the American Dream in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Captain America and Black Panther” will be held in person on Tuesday, July 19 from 3:00 to4:00 in CL 304 (Library Instruction Room) on the Green Bay Campus and is free an open to all who attend in-person.

The session is also part of USD Copley Library’s Comic Studies & Practices Symposium. If you cannot attend in person, you can also participate through the conference itself by registering.

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