Peace Pedagogy: Using Comics to Protest War and Torture

Second Hour Program at Columbia Friends Meeting
presented by
Susan Vanderborg, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, USC
June 21, 2020

Peace Pedagogy: Using Comics to Protest Human Rights Abuses
Second Hour Program at Columbia Friends Meeting
presented by
Susan Vanderborg, Associate Professor, English Language & Literature, USC

Comics in the late 20th and early 21st century have increasingly been used to represent historical trauma and persuade readers to act to prevent future atrocities. How can we as Quakers use such potent texts?

As a case study, let’s look at The Torture Report by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, a “graphic adaptation” of the Senate Committee report on CIA torture practices presented in comic format so that more people can access its indictments and protest any future torture proposals.