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Krost Symposium 2017

September 27 2017 - September 28 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Krost Symposium 2017

Connecting With Comics

At first glance, comics are often seen as simple or disposable forms of entertainment. The 2017 Krost Symposium will challenge that perception by offering faculty and students diverse ways to think about and communicate knowledge and experience through comics.

The Giesber Keynote Address will be delivered by Scott McCloud, comics' leading theorist, on the evening of Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The symposium will feature other guest lecturers and events on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

The Krost Symposium is an annual academic event that is free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

Schedule and content is subject to change.

Wednesday, September 27

Student workshop with Scott McCloud (by invitation only)

3:30 p.m. "Comics And Their Influence" (reception in Annetta Kraushaar Gallery)

7:30 p.m. Giesber Keynote Address: Scott McCloud (Jackson Auditorium)

Thursday, September 28 in Wupperman Little Theatre

 9:30 a.m. Jay Hosler "Science & Comics"

10:30 a.m. Don Lowman "The New Super Heroes: Minority Representation in Comics as an Educational Tool."

Student workshop with Scott McCloud (by invitation only)


Scott McCloud

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An indisputably prominent figure in the contemporary field of comics, McCloud is the 2017 Krost keynote speaker. McCloud has been making comics since 1984 and his work spans genres and topics as diverse as the meta analysis of comics to technical expositions for Google’s introduction of new methods of computing. He has spoken at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Google, Harvard University, Pixar, and hundreds of other globally prominent organizations and universities. McCloud is the author of "Understanding Comics," "Reinventing Comics," "The Sculptor," and "ZOT! The Complete B&W Collection." For more information, visit

Dr. Jay Hosler

Eisner Award nominee Jay Hosler examines how effective comics are as a teaching tool and the interface between comics and the STEM fields. His work in this area focuses on creating a hybrid of comics and traditional textbook covering the evolution of vision and sensory biology and has been funded by the National Science Foundation. He published the first results of our research in the open access journal "CBE: Life Science Education." Hosler is influenced by everyone from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to Garry Larson and Bill Waterson. He holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Notre Dame and is currently an associate professor of biology at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Visit for more information.

Don Lowman

Don Lowman, a senior lecturer of queer studies at the University of Bonn in Germany, is known for using comics as an efficient means of conceptualizing the complexity and density of contemporary cultural issues is grounded in the history of the media as well as the nature of the media. He primarily focuses on gender and the ideas surrounding gender and their complexity continues to gain attention and nuance in cultures and countries around the world. Lowman makes the case that the evidence for this is unmistakable and ranges from topics at the United Nations and national elections to the recently finished Texas legislative session. His lecture will bring an international perspective to this topic that uses "Fun Home" by Allsion Bechdel as a touchstone for this complex cultural issue. Lowman holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Florida and a Master of Intercultural Communication from the University of of Provence Aix-Marseille in France and serves on the Ambassador Board for New Avenues for Youth ( Visit www.iaak.uni-bonn/lowman for more information.

About Krost Symposium

The annual Krost Symposium is Texas Lutheran University's most prestigious academic event of the year, serving as a platform to discuss important issues that not only impact our campus and local community, but the nation and even the world. Past topics have included mass incarceration, environmental justice, and innovation and ideas. All Krost Symposium events are free and open to the public.

Krost Symposium 2016 - The Neurocognition of Music and Art

Krost Symposium 2015 - Grey Matters: Discerning the Impacts of Head Injury

Krost Symposium 2014 - Environmental Justice: Texan Responses to Global Crises

2017 Krost Symposium Committee

Professor Tiffiny Sia, Professor Kyle Olson, Professor Steve Vrooman, Assistant Professor Margaret Gonzales, Professor Sam Hijazi, Assistant Professor Amelia Koford, and Professor Bob Jonas

September 27, 2017 7:30 PM Central Krost Symposium 2017

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