On Thursday, February 25th, the Department of American Studes, the Institute for Historical Studies, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the John L Warfield Center for African and African American Studies present a lecture from Dr. Katherine Capshaw, associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut, in GWB 2.206. Dr. Capshaw’s presentation, entitled “Framing the Possibilities of Black Childhood in Photographic Books and Comics” will “consider the potential of visual representation to promote social justice through resistant, playful, unsettled images of black childhood. In photographic picture books of the 1960s and early 1970s authored by women, we find substantial child involvement in images that represent lived experience. Joy becomes a politcal statement in many photographs of the era, an expression of psychological freedom that can lead to political action. The second half of the presentation will engage contemporary graphic novels and comics by African American authors and illustrators; these artists often employ comics’ metatextuality in order to interrogate social opresion and to counter the pejorative images that have framed black youth.” We hope to see you there.