Next month, I'll have the good fortune of presenting at the annual CITE conference at Upper Canada College in Toronto. CITE is an acronym for the Conference of Independent Teachers of English, an organization made up of teaching professionals from independent schools in Ontario. The workshop I'm presenting has the same title as this blog post, and here's the description I've provided to organizers:
This workshop explores how, in recent years, visual narrative has become an important literary genre for teaching us about the world. Indeed, comics has seen an explosion in personal narratives in which graphic novelists have traveled to far and distant places and then written about their experiences. These writers have a great deal to teach us, and to teach our students, about how we see the world, how others see it, and how our collective perceptions are informed by travel. The workshop identifies ten of the very best graphic memoirs from the past two decades and talks about how we can use these in the classroom to foster curiosity, engagement, and global inquisitiveness.
I have a range of graphic novels I'm planning to share with conference participants--Pyongyang and Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle, Beirut 1990 by Sylvain and Bruno Ricard, and the works of Joe Sacco--but I was interested in what visitors to Comics in Education, if given the opportunity to present such a workshop, would choose to discuss. Is there are great work of graphic travel writing that you feel teaches us "about how we see the world, how others see it, and how our collective perceptions are informed by travel?" If so, I'd love to hear from you! When it comes to comics in education, these sorts of discussions are invaluable.
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Dr. Glen Downey is an award-winning children's author, educator, and academic from Oakville, Ontario. He works as a children's writer for Rubicon Publishing, a reviewer for PW Comics World, an editor for the Sequart Organization, and serves as the Chair of English and Drama at The York School in Toronto.
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