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Hillary Chute: Graphic Medicine: Comics in the Age of COVID

March 8 at 4:00 pm5:30 pm

The Humanities Forum presents Hillary Chute, distinguished professor, Departments of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University, who will speak on Graphic Medicine: Comics in the Age of COVID.

In this talk, Hillary Chute explores the growing phenomenon of comics that address, broadly speaking, issues in and around healthcare. These works, created by doctors and medical staff, as well as patients, family members, and caregivers, convey qualities of experience, both bodily and psychic, that words alone can’t capture and demystify medical discourses and spaces. Chute looks at the origins of the Graphic Medicine movement, and provides context for the phenomenon of comics about COVID-19. She contends that comics can be an effective form for patients, doctors, and anyone else affected by the pandemic, to express fears and desires, humor, and mourning.

Hillary Chute is Distinguished Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University. She is the author or editor of six books, including Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere (Harper, 2017), Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form (Harvard UP, 2016), Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (U of Chicago P), and Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia UP, 2010). She has written for Artforum, Bookforum, the Village Voice, and The New York Review of Books. Her collection, Maus Now: Selected Writing, is forthcoming from Pantheon in 2022. She is a comics and graphic novels columnist for The New York Times Book Review.

This event will be streamed online via Webex.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Live-captioning will be provided at all online events. To request additional accessibility accommodations, please contact us at dreshercenter@umbc.edu.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery.

Photo by Alison Bechdel.


March 8
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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