Book Talk: Unflattening, with Nick Sousanis and Guests
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 09/01/2015
Uploaded: 11/19/2015
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Book Talks, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: comic books, creativity, graphic novel, imagination, new learning methods, research, text and image, Visual literacy

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Description/Abstract: Book Talk: Unflattening, with Nick Sousanis and Guests, Monday, 9/21, 4-5:30pm


What can comics teach us about visual thinking, new forms of knowledge, and accessing modes of understanding beyond what we normally apprehend? On Monday, September 21st, Nick Sousanis, comic artist educator, and Teachers College alumnus, will present his newly published work Unflattening (Harvard University Press (April, 2015), the first dissertation to be published in comic book form.

Nick Sousanis is a currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Comics Studies at the University of Calgary. He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely as a comic book -- helping us see beyond conventional scholarly discourse. Before coming to New York City, he was immersed in Detroit's thriving arts community, where he co-founded the arts and culture site thedetroiter.com and became the biographer of legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee. Nick developed and taught courses on comics as powerful communication tools at Teachers College and Parsons in New York City, and he will be offering Comics as a Way of Thinking at the University of Calgary in Fall of 2015.

Participating in this book talk are the following members of Teachers College, Columbia University and affiliates:

Ruth Vinz, the Enid and Lester Morse Professor in Teacher Education, English Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University, will introduce Nick Sousanis. Dr. Vinz is the Director of the Center for Professional Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She served as a sponsor for Nick's dissertation.

Robert McClintock is Adjunct Professor Emeritus in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to Dr. Vinz, Dr. McClintock served as advisor to Nick on his dissertation.

David Dabscheck is a visiting scholar at Columbia University Business School with expertise in innovation strategy. David is the CEO and Founder of GIANT Innovation and a graduate of Columbia Business School.

Karen Green is Librarian for Ancient and Medieval History and Graphic Novels Librarian at Columbia University. (See here for Columbia's research guide on graphic novels.)

Be sure to visit Serious Comics, the graphic book collection in Everett Cafe. Nick Sousanis' book talk will launch the display, as Unflattening features among insightful works that demonstrate the relevance and impact of the comic book as a model for new forms of teaching, learning, and research.

Please rsvp with your details no later than Thursday, September 17th.

Where: 306 Russell