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March 28, 2013
6:30–9:30 p.m.


Adelphi Manhattan Center
75 Varick Street @ Canal Street
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The Adelphi Lecture Series in Social Theory

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The Adelphi Lecture Series in Social Theory


Unflattening: A dissertation in comics form reimagines scholarship

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The Adelphi Lecture Series in Social Theory

Nick Sousanis, an interdisciplinary artist and scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University will discuss his work “Unflattening theory” – the first doctoral dissertation undertaken entirely in comic book format – which argues through its very form for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning. This visual-verbal work expands the possibilities for engaging comics within academia while ultimately challenging and reimagining what scholarship can be. In addition to sharing extensive visuals from his work, Sousanis will also delve into the distinct ways that comics present meaning and engage the audience in a comics-making exercise.

Nick cultivates his creative practice at the intersection of image and text. Before coming to NYC, he was immersed in Detroit’s thriving arts community, where he co-founded the arts and cultural web-mag; served as the founding director of the University of Michigan’s Work:Detroit exhibition space, and became the biographer of legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee.

For more of Nick’s work see:

The Adelphi Lecture Series in Social Theory serves as a public forum for local scholars and researchers working on innovative social theory.Our goal is to spark new conversations and interdisciplinary projects, enhancing opportunities for dissemination and collaboration, and acting as a kind of theory laboratory where we discuss ways of putting theory to work.

Please direct inquiries to Elizabeth de Freitas or Matthew Curinga.

Should you require disability accommodations, please email, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, seven days’ notice is required.

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