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Pulp Culture Festival and Symposium

Oct 19-21

As part of the Pulp Culture Festival and Symposium, UVM welcomes three keynote presentations:

Please join us at the UVM Recital Hall on October 19, 2017 at 7:00pm for an evening of conversation with legendary cartoonist, Art Spiegelman. In an onstage interview and presentation, Spiegelman will discuss his extensive body of work, including his award winning graphic novel Maus, and share his perspectives on the history of comics and use of comics in non-fiction storytelling. The event will conclude with an audience question and answer session.

On the afternoon of October 20, 2017  at 3:30pm, in the Carpenter Auditorium in the Larner College of Medicine Given Building, the Burack Distinguished Lecture Series will present a conversation with renowned comics journalist, Joe Sacco (Palestine, Journalism). In an on-stage interview, Sacco will explore journalism, cartooning, subjectivity and objectivity in representation, reflexivity, and the role of the self in his work, as well as the intersections of journalism, ethnography and history. Joe Sacco was born in Malta and now lives in Portland, Oregon.  He is mostly known for his journalistic comic books, which include PalestineSafe Area Gorazde, and Footnotes In Gaza.

Join us for the capstone event of our Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium at 6pm on October 21, 2017 at the Fleming Museum for a live interview with comics legend and MacArthur Fellow, Marsh Professor-at-Large Alison Bechdel. Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For became a countercultural institution among lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. And her more recent, darkly humorous graphic memoirs about her family have forged an unlikely intimacy with an even wider range of readers. Bechdel self-syndicated Dykes to Watch Out For for twenty-five years, from 1983 to 2008. The award-winning generational chronicle has been called “one of the pre-eminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period.” (Ms. magazine)