Eisner Awards: Aldama and Gardner Recognized for Best Scholarly Work

August 9, 2018

On the evening of July 202018, comic scholars, artists and fans from around the world gathered at San Diego Comic-Con to attend the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Frederick Luis Aldama took home this “Oscar of the comic book world” for his book, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics (2017, University of Arizona Press), which was nominated in the category of Best Academic/Scholarly Work.

Koritha Mitchell & Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Shadows Uplifted

March 8, 2018
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Associate Professor Koritha Mitchell distinctly remembers seeing a Malcolm X poster on the walls of her high school that said “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” This poster and other posters featuring historical black leaders would line the halls of her high school each February for Black History Month. It was seeing those posters between classes—classes with almost exclusively-white curricula—that alerted Mitchell to the names of important figures, and even some of what they thought. “The fact that I still remember that demonstrates how starved I was to learn about non-white people’s roles in making a life for themselves in this country—even though you couldn’t have convinced me then that I had any such hunger,” continues the American literature specialist.