Illustrator, co-publisher of award-winning ‘March’ to speak
Retired Minn. justice, instructor also highlight Speak Up & Speak Out Feb. 9
February 1, 2017
Two key figures from
the national award-winning and No. 1 New York Times best-selling graphic novel trilogy
“March” will speak Thursday, Feb. 9, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Artist Nate Powell,
who illustrated the comic memoirs of civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John
Lewis, and Top Shelf Productions co-publisher Chris Staros will be joined by
Paul H. Anderson, retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice, and Jim Handley, a UW-Stout
peace studies instructor.
The event, Speak Up
& Speak Out, is free and open to the public. It is part of Black History
Month at UW-Stout.
Except for the first
speaker, the program will be held at the Great Hall in the Memorial Student
Center. The schedule is:
- Anderson, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Harvey Hall Theatre, discussing how
“American sovereignty resides with the people” and their obligation to
“exercise this sovereignty carefully.” Anderson served on Minnesota’s high
court from 1994 until retiring in 2013.
- Book sale and event reception, 5:30 to 6:20 p.m.
- Handley, 6:20 to 6:35 p.m., “John Lewis: Life of Action.” The talk
will explore the life and work of Lewis and how UW-Stout students are
using his model to guide work for social justice. Handley is a certified
Kingian Nonviolence trainer.
- Powell and Staros, 6:35 to 8 p.m., discussing “March 1, “March 2”
and “March 3.” Their talk will be followed by a book signing from 8 to 9
The “March” books have
won numerous awards, and “March 3” won the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s
volumes of ‘March’ aren’t just a record of Lewis’s activism but one of its
brilliant examples, designed to help new generations of readers visualize the
possibilities of political engagement,” the New York Times said.
biography on Lewis, “Get in the Way,” is scheduled to premiere Friday, Feb. 10,
on PBS as part of Black History Month.
third “March” book is the first comic to have been honored with the National
Book Award and so is considered a landmark work of comics literature.
Students in comics
and sequential art, led by Assistant Professor Ursula Murray Husted, created the
event poster for Speak Up & Speak Out, which features artwork by Powell. The
poster project was led by Andrew Wieland, of Menomonie, a senior in
entertainment design.UW-Stout’s Bachelor
of Fine Arts in entertainment design includes the concentration
in comics and sequential art. Several professors from the university’s School
of Art and Design have had comics and graphic novels published nationally.
Husted’s efforts helped
bring Powell and Staros to UW-Stout. They also will speak in Husted’s comics
class Thursday, Feb. 10.
Speak Up & Speak
Out is sponsored by six UW-Stout groups: Comic Creators club, entertainment
design program, Diversity Bridge Team, Honors College, Nakatani Teaching and
Learning Center and the College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social
poster for Speak Up & Speak Out to be held Feb. 9 at UW-Stout features artwork
by “March” illustrator Nate Powell.
Bottom: Nate Powell