Dr. Cathy Leogrande

Le Moyne College, Syracuse NY

Presenting from upstate New York, USA

Presentation in English

Target Audience(s): Classroom teachers

Short Session Description (one line): Using Comics & graphic novels (non-fiction & fiction) with global themes & characters to foster intercultural awareness & cross cultural understanding

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Comics and graphic novels have seen an increased popularity in recent years. One way that teachers have used them is to help students gain greater and more authentic information about other areas of the world. This session will present best practices for integrating comics and graphic novels into ELA, social studies and science curricula and lessons. Topics addressed will be authenticity versus appropriation of culture, preparation to discuss sensitive and controversial issues, and global connections with authors, illustrators and other creators.

Partial Bibliography

 Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

The Silver Scorpion by Ron Marz & Ian Edginton 


A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return by Zeina Abirached

Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached

Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet, Clement Oubrerie, & Helge Dascher

Puerto Rico Strong: A Comics Anthology Supporting Puerto Rico Disaster by Vita Ayala, Hazel Newlevant, & Desiree Rodriguez (Eds.)

Nylon Road: A Graphic Memoir of Coming of Age in Iran by Parsua Bashi
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration by Bryan Caplan

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib

Kampung Boy by Lat

Town Boy by Lat

War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon McKay & Daniel Lafrance

Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Gail      Simone, Reginald Hudlin, Rosario Dawson, Ruben Blades (Author),

Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Vol I & II by Nicholson, Hope, (ed).

Persepolis & Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi 

The Arab of the Future Series by Riad Sattouf

Snapshots of a Girl by Beldan Sezen

Super Indian Vol. I - II by Arigon Starr,

Skim by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

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