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K-12 Educator's Workshop: Addressing Social Issues through Comic-Making

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Latin American & Iberian Institute

801 Yale Boulevard Northeast

1 University of New Mexico

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Join us for a morning of free professional development for all K-12 educators: in-service and pre-service teachers, educational aides, administrators, and librarians.

Visiting author and illustrator Jesús Cossio will discusshow he has produced graphic novels and comics to represent the violence endured during Peru’s civil war (1980-2000). As one of the leading influential authors of documentary and journalistic comic books, Jesús employs comics to document and depict human rights violations committed by state and insurgent forces during the country’s era of violence. To explain how and why he does this, he will share several of his illustrations and discuss the process of making them and how he has used them in working with high school students to help the community’s healing process in the wake of trauma.

Cossio is a Peruvian illustrator, author, and editor of comic books and graphic novels. He has published numerous books and zines, including El cerdo volador, Pánico, Juventud moderna, and Ciudades convertidas en selvas with publishers in Peru and other South American countries. In 2003, Cossio was awarded a Rockfeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities along with two other authors (Luis Rossell and Alfredo Villar) and he has been an invited panelist at important Latin American comic book festivals including Viñetas con altura 2009 (Bolivia), Viñetas sueltas 2009 and 2010 (Argentina) and Entreviñetas 2012 (Colombia). He is considered by critics as one of the most influential authors of documentary and journalistic comic books in Latin America.

Certificates of professional development will be given and light refreshments will be provided.

This workshop is organized by the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque, and UNM Art Museum. It is supported by the US Department of Education Title VI.

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