History is a story told by the victors: until it’s not. The story landscape is changing. There is more space in the narrative world for stories both by and about people with diverse experiences. Join our lively panel debate to see how that re-storying is emerging; in academic institutions, in live performance, in digital experiences, and in a proliferation of creative tools that empower people to tell their stories.
Introduction by Brian MacDonald, UCLA, GeekED (ucla.edu)
Moderated by Asha Eaton, KTN manager ImmerseUK (immerseuk.org)
Pip Brignall, co-director Reality Check Productions (realitycheckproductions.co.uk)
Sarah Ellis, director of digital development at Royal Shakespeare Company (rsc.org.uk)
Juliette Levy, University of California, Riverside, Dept of History (juliettelevy.org)
Linda Sellheim, education program manager at Epic Games (epicgames.com
Tess Tanenbaum, University of California, Irvine, Transformative Play Lab (transformativeplay.ics.uci.edu)
Special thanks to Comic-Con and GeekED for inviting us to share our thinking, and to Epic Games for their financial support of alt: a world-scale Augmented Reality multi-player game for the discovery of alternative civilizations in the real world (alt-history.com)
HBO’s Watchmen put forth the idea that “masks make one cruel”. On college campuses, many people, both students and non-students have taken up virtual masks to make statements and take actions that would not be acceptable if done in public. Zoom bombing, doxing, and anonymous threats have caused much dismay, particularly as campuses move to remote learning due to COVID-19. Come hear what educators have to say about the power of masks and how Watchmen and other comics show us a path towards heroism or villainy. Dr. Kalenda Eaton (University of Oklahoma), Dr. David Surratt (University of Oklahoma), Hailey Lopez (UC Berkeley), Robert Hypes (Phoenix Creative Collective), and Alfred Day (UC Berkeley).
Are you a high school student with dreams of becoming a graphic novelist? Are you a high school teacher with dreams of creating a graphic novel with your class? Spirit Skies is a graphic novel written and illustrated exclusively by high school students! Not only did we dream it, we DID it! The panel will discuss the impact of Covid-19 on cross cultural artistic exchange, how technology has made this project easier and more dynamic! The student panel of writers and illustrators – including a Guna native from Panama who wrote the sequel from the tropical point of view- will be on the panel, featuring never-before-seen art, and a sneak peek at the next volume in the Spirit Skies story! The panel will take you on an exploratory journey – through the eyes of a Hummingbird! Spirit Skies is not just an adventure written by high school students – it is a lesson in environmental stewardship. With the lesson that we are all interconnected, all you have to do is go outside and you will be interacting with wildlife. It could be a hummingbird coming from Panama or Alaska!
Justin Wang–student host, editor
Giovanna Agrazal (Panama)
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