Cassandra Voss Center to Host Skype Conversation with Adilifu Nama

Friday, Sept. 12, 3 p.m.

From St. Norbert College, August 28, 2014
by Erich Wegenke, erich.wegenke@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College will host a Skype conversation with Adilifu Nama in the first installment of its three-part "SkypeTacular!" series, which aims to showcase prominent creators and scholars of color in the comics industry. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater at the Bemis International Center on the college campus, and is free and open to the public.

Nama is associate professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He will lead a conversation entitled "'Super Black': Pop Culture and Black Superheroes." The discussion will focus on well-known black superheroes such as Storm and Blade, as well as the pop-culture "superhero" imagery applied to public figures such as Barack Obama, and will examine the notions and myths of black racial identity. Nama has previously written a book of the same title, dealing with these subjects at greater length, as well as a volume entitled "Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film."

The Cassandra Voss Center's "SkypeTacular!" series is part of its yearlong slate of programs, collectively entitled "Kapow! Who's Your Hero?" The programs will focus on themes of power, heroes and identity, as explored through the medium of superhero comics.

For more information on the Cassandra Voss Center and its programming, visit cvc@snc.edu or call 920-4033-1342.