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Graphic Histories: A Discussion with Rachel Williams and Karlos Hill

Graphic Histories: A Discussion with Rachel Williams and Karlos Hill
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Two scholar-artists will share their experience with translating historical research to a graphic form. Rachel Williams recently published two books, Run Home If You Don't Want to Be Killed: The Detroit Uprising of 1943 (University of North Carolina Press), which uses incorporating firsthand accounts collected by the NAACP, and Elegy for Mary Turner (Penguin Randomhouse), a haunting depiction of American racial violence and lynching. Hill, who directs the African and African American Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma, co-authored The Murder of Emmett Hill (Oxford University Press), which incorporates recent research with suggestions for how to effectively use the graphic history in the classroom. They'll be joined by comics scholar Julian Chambliss. 


Julian Chambliss is professor of History and Val Berryman Curator of History at Michigan State University and previously taught at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He is primarily known as a scholar of the real and imagined city and on comics. He teaches courses exploring critical making, comics, and culture in the United States. He is co-editor and contributor for Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience, a book examining the relationship between superheroes and the American Experience (2013). His recent book projects include Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain (2018) and Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History (2018). Chambliss is co-producer and host of Every Tongue Got to Confess, a podcast examining communities of color. 

Karlos K. Hill is a community-engaged scholar, teacher, and leader committed to interrogating difficult racial histories and their present-day implications. He is the author of two other books: Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory and The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History

Rachel Marie-Crane Williams is an artist and teacher at the University of Iowa where she has a joint appointment between the School of Art and Art History (Intermedia) and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies. She has also served as University Ombuds. 

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