March 1st 2012 Lecture/Reading
Time 7:30 pm
Admissions / Ticket information Free, open to the public
Campus UM
Location School of Management Bldg. Room 133
Title Lecture: "Will Eisner's Graphic Novels and Secular Jewish Life in New York"
A public lecture by N. C. Christopher Couch is the first of two events marking the observance of Will Eisner Week, a national event honoring the foremost American comic book artist and writer and graphic novelist of the twentieth century at UMass Amherst. Eisner created the comic book series "The Spirit," which Alan Moore (Watchmen) said "gave comic books its brains," and created the modern graphic novel with his famous series of books on Jewish secular life in America.
N.C. Christopher Couch, a senior lecturer in the Program in Comparative Literature, is also visiting Posen professor in Jewish secularism in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, where he teaches "The History of the Jewish Graphic Novel," sponsored by the Posen Foundation. He is the author of numerous books and articles on graphic novels, comics and Latin American art, including "The Will Eisner Companion," "Will Eisner: An Exhibition," and "Jerry Robinson, Ambassador of Comics," on the artist who created the Joker and Robin.

This event, sponsored by the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies and the Posen Foundation for the Study of Jewish Secularism.

Wheelchair accessible.

For more information, email judaic@judnea.umass.edu or call 413-545-2550.

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