Comic books offer educators and librarians the opportunity to explore complex issues and spark difficult discussions around social justice. Join Will Reese, Head Librarian at St. Peter's Prep School in Jersey City, NJ, as he explores the successes and challenges of using comic books, both in the library and the classroom, to explore social justice issues with high school students. Reese will discuss the use of displays, student presentations, collaborations with other faculty, the use of comic books in Ethics courses, and the creation of the English elective titled Exploring Social Issues through Graphic Novels. Additionally, Reese will discuss the challenges of incorporating comics into the school curriculum, pushback regarding specific social issues being covered, and the dialog with students this project sparked. Attendees will have the chance to discuss their own stories, explore how comics can find a place in their library, and will receive extensive book lists of relevant titles organized by social issue and by age group.
use comic books to analyze and explore specific social issues.
utilize comic books in discussions of equity and inclusion.
develop and curate a list of relevant titles quickly and efficiently.