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Drawing a Dialogue Presents, Episode 3: Art + Social Justice Collectives with Priscilla Carrion

Cathy G. Johnson

DaD Presents, Episode 3: Art + Social Justice Collectives with Priscilla Carrion. Priscilla Carrion is a visual artist, educator + member of many group collectives + non-profits in Providence with a focus on art + social justice. Priscilla discusses her history building community within collectives, starting out as a student + moving towards volunteer, staff + board positions. We discuss local groups Ecas Theater, Sista Fire, New Urban Arts + Girls Rock! Rhode Island.

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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 22: YA Books + Readers

Cathy G. Johnson

Cathy + e talk about Young Adult (YA) books + readers! e starts out by sharing the history of the YA genre, how books began to be marketed to an adolescent audience, + who is actually reading them. Cathy then talks about young adults in classrooms, including reading habits, new technologies + how comics can be used to teach a broader understanding of literacy.

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In The Classroom - Scaffolding upon Doodling

Cathy G. Johnson

“Where do ideas come from?” Ideation is something that can stump many art students. We never want to tell students what they should make! On the flip side, doodling is spontaneous, free, and unrestrained drawing. Every student, no matter their artistic skill or background, can doodle. How can the power of doodling be harnessed to help students create, develop, and feel confident in their original ideas?

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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 20: Comics + Academia, Our Work

Cathy G. Johnson

On Drawing a Dialogue’s 20th episode, Cathy + e share their personal histories as working cartoonists in academic settings. Cathy talks about her new graphic novel “The Breakaways,” and how her work as an artist + educator informed the book. e talks about their current research + scholarship practice as a University of Florida PhD student.

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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 18: Masculinity

Cathy G. Johnson

In this episode, Cathy + e discuss the social role of masculinity. e presents the definitions of masculinity and its feminist origins, the theories of sociologist Raewyn Connell, + moves into the theory of today. Comics discussion moves beyond the image into social relations + how production can be gendered. Cathy discusses masculinity in adolescence, the violence of it being taken to the extreme, and how art education + comics has a role in the gendered lives of students.

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Book Posts - Satoko and Nada: Volume 1

Cathy G. Johnson

Satoko is a Japanese student studying in America, and she gets a surprise when meeting her new roommate, Nada! Nada is also an international student but from Saudi Arabia, and she’s Muslim. Satoko and Nada is a wonderful comic about cultural similarities and differences, and keeping an open mind about new friendships!

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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 17: Trans Memoir + School Climate

Cathy G. Johnson

Cathy + e discuss how trans memoirists document their experiences, + have an in-depth analysis on the current school climate for trans students within the United States. e talks about the history of whose stories are categorized as autobiography, and how the trans memoir has evolved throughout time. Cathy talks about the current school climate for transgender and gender non-conforming students, including bathroom access, the legalities under Title IX, and “safe spaces” in schools.

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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 16: Incarceration, the School-to-Prison Pipeline + Resistance

Cathy G. Johnson

In this episode, Cathy + e discuss the history of incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, and how prison art + writing are tools of radical resistance. e discusses the development of mass incarceration, the history of prison writing, + how imprisoned radical intellectuals resist the carceral system. They look at the ABO Comix anthology as an example of this resistance. Cathy presents the school-to-prison pipeline, how discriminatory discipline practices perpetuate the system, + the history of juvenile court.

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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 15: Jackie Ormes, Her Comics + the Black Press

Cathy G. Johnson

In this episode, Cathy + e create a biography for Jackie Ormes. Born in 1911, Ormes was a cartoonist, reporter, fashion designer and community organizer during an important century of American history. Cathy + e discuss the seminal role Ormes had in the black press during a pre-civil rights movement America, notably challenging derogatory caricatures of black women of the time.

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Drawing a Dialogue Presents, Episode 2: Zine Curator + Archivist Malana Krongelb

Cathy G. Johnson

DaD Presents, Episode 2: Zine Curator + Archivist Malana Krongelb. Malana Krongelb is the librarian at the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center and the founder and curator of Brown University’s first zine collection. Started in 2016, the collection focuses on sharing and preserving zines by marginalized creators and consists of titles from 1974-2018.

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