Title of Program: Social Justice and Storytelling: Promoting Human Rights Through Writing and Comics
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2018
Description of Program: Batman combined education in martial arts, technology, and investigative techniques to fight injustice, which is precisely what my program does. My program takes elements from English, Two-Dimensional Arts, Arabic, Political Science, and Women's Studies to form a comprehensive education in comic books as tools for social justice. Comics have long been a platform for discussions of politics and human rights, from political cartoons of Boss Tweed to graphic novels like Maus and Persepolis to comics available on the internet like Priya's Shakti. Creating comics requires working knowledge in the realms of writing and the visual arts. Creating comics to promote human rights also requires an understanding of the issues at hand, be they political, economic, or social. My program combines all these essentials in order to equip me with the tools necessary for promoting human rights using comics.
Departmental Emphases: English, Art
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amy Elias
Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): I plan on taking at least a year off after graduating from the University of Tennessee in order to get real-world experience working in human rights with nongovernmental organizations. My plans include creating comics, whether I find a a niche in the comics industry or if I produce them independently as web comics
Other Academic Interests: Arabic, Women's Studies
Study Abroad: I have not studied abroad, but I definitely plan on doing so. I did the Arabic Summer Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, where I learned a year's worth of intermediate Arabic in ten weeks.
Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: I am very involved on campus. I am President of the Feminist Alliance and Public Relations Chair for the Women's Coordinating Council. Along with playing on the Tennessee Time Turners Quidditch team, I am the organization's Social and Fundraising Chair. This is in addition to my weekly webcomic, Expecto Conundrum, which is published on Quidditch Post. I am also a member of the Chancellor's Honors Program. I have a regular story time at a local book store where I dress as Princess Anna from the film Frozen and read to children. My other hobbies include writing, reading, cosplay, singing, video games, and theatre.