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San Diego State University Foundation (San Diego, CA 92182-1931)
Elizabeth Ann Pollard (Project Director: May 2021 to present)
Pamela A. Jackson (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Education Programs

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$149,998 (approved)
$149,998 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2022 – 1/31/2024

Building a Comics and Social Justice Curriculum

A two-year project to develop 10 new courses and a certificate program in comic studies.

Scholars who study comics and graphic novels have long recognized their power to perpetuate harmful stereotypes; but also, more recently, their capacity to challenge injustice. Through engagement with issues like racial discrimination, gender inequality, sexual identity, and immigration, the ever-changing medium of comics is a change-maker. Humanists are well-positioned to trace that change and, through scholarship and teaching, make meaning of its power. Comics@SDSU seeks $150,000 for a two-year initiative to 1) develop ten new courses that will deepen and expand our humanistic comics curriculum, 2) use these courses to populate a proposed certificate in Comic Studies, and 3) support workshops that bring scholars to campus to energize comic studies at our Hispanic Serving Institution. The humanistic approach to the study of comics that we will cultivate through workshops, courses and a certificate program will empower thousands of students to visualize and manifest a more just future.