A Comics Presentation with Nate Powell

Monday November 27, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Why are graphic novels so good at capturing history? Find out when Nate Powell stops by AADL for an early afternoon presentation. Best known for his work on the award-winning March series he co-created with Andrew Aydin and Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis, Powell will explore many of the unique and immersive storytelling principles used in comics.

Powell’s work also includes You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts. If you’ve ever wanted to tap into the power of graphic novels to explore history, or just wanted a deeper look into why they move us as readers, you won’t want to miss this!

Later that evening, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin, and Congressman John Lewis will be appearing at Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109) on Monday, November 27 at 7:00 pm. Their free, public, and unticketed keynote talk is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program as part of the regular Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.

Special thanks to the Conflict and Peace Initiative at the University of Michigan’s International Institute. This event is part of the Fall 2017 social justice events series: Marching Forward.

Livestream Viewing Party of Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell Keynote

Monday November 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Can't find a seat at the main event? Join us at the Downtown Library to watch the livestream of the keynote presentation by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

Please note that this is an additional viewing opportunity — Congressman Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell will not be at AADL for this event. The main event is at Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109), and will offer open seating on a first come, first serve basis (i.e., there will be no tickets).

John Lewis is a civil rights leader and an American politician, serving Georgia’s 5th district since 1987. A member of the Democratic party leadership, Lewis has served as Senior Chief Deputy Whip since 2003. Born the son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis’s childhood was filled with deeply inspirational moments, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. heard on radio broadcasts. As a college student, Lewis’s inspiration fueled his commitment to end legalized racial segregation; he was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won Lewis the admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. Lewis co-wrote his story with his then-Congressional Aid, now Digital Director and Policy Advisor, Andrew Aydin, in the form of the graphic novel trilogy, MARCH (2013). The collaborative work is illustrated by New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell.

This Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series event is co-presented with the Conflict and Peace Initiative at the University of Michigan’s International Institute and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program. The Conflict and Peace Initiative is hosting a series of Fall 2017 social justice events called Marching Forward.

With additional support from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Political Science; Institute for the Humanities; National Center for Institutional Diversity; Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning; Rackham Graduate School; and Office of Research.