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Re-Inking Comic Book History w/Deborah Whaley (podcast)

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Inspired by the growing popularity of comic book dialogue, literature, and academia, Angelique interviews professor and comic book historian Deborah Elizabeth Whaley. Whaley is the author of Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime, a deep dive into the history (or lack thereof) of Black women’s representation in sequential art. They talk about the importance of scholarship in comics, little-known Black female artists and heroes, and how consumers of color create meaning when engaging with art.
Diane Williams

Diane Williams, PhD 2020

Diane Williams (Phd 2020) publishes piece in Washington Post

Last month, a firestorm of criticism erupted after players shared images of a single rack of dumbbells and a stack of yoga mats provided for participants in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in San Antonio — a stark contrast to the state-of-the-art, custom-built weight room available to men’s basketball players in Indianapolis.

It exposed the blatant double standard in college athletics and renewed demands for reform from female athletes, coaches and even politicians. An often forgotten chapter of college athletics offers hope that such reform is possible.

Before the first women’s NCAA championships in 1981, women’s intercollegiate athletics were led by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). At its peak, the AIAW was the largest intercollegiate athletic governing body, boasting over 970 member colleges and universities. Created by female physical educators, the AIAW believed that athletics should first and foremost enhance students’ educational experiences. This approach holds promise not just for rectifying the gender imbalance in college athletics, but also for addressing the exploitation of athletes that calls the very future of collegiate sports into question.
Hannibal for dinner book cover

Book cover of Hannibal for Dinner

Nicholas Yanes (PhD 2014) co-edits book

NBC's Hannibal only lasted for three seasons but became a critical darling and quickly inspired a ravenous fanbase. Bryan Fuller's adaptation of Hannibal Lecter's adventures created a new set of fans and a cult audience through its stunning visuals, playful characters, and mythical tableaus of violence that doubled as works of art. The show became a nexus point for viewers that explored consumption, queerness, beauty, crime, and the meaning of love through a lens of blood and gore.

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