Josh Neufeld will be in Evanston, IL, this coming weekend to take part in a comics and education conference called The Graphic Novel Institute at Northwestern University, being held all day Sunday, April 25, at Northwestern University. Neufeld’s wife, Sari, will be there as well, presenting her thoughts on the topic. The G.N.I. will be taking place from 10am – 4pm, with a catered meet-and-greet following from 4-6.
The G.N.I. was originally affiliated with the International Reading Association annual conference, but has since broken off on its own as a pre-IRA event. It is being co-sponsored by Northwestern, Diamond Book Distributors, Reading with Pictures, and Baker & Taylor.
Neufeld will be co-leading a breakout session with Alex Rodrick on the topic of creating graphic novels with a secondary reader focus; his wife Sari will be on a panel with Michael Bitz, William Ayers, and David Rapp called “Why and How to Teach with Graphic Novels”. In the afternoon, she’ll be co-leading a breakout session with Josh Elder on “Developing Graphic Novel Resources for the Classroom”.
Academic presenters include Dr. Michael Bitz of Columbia University, Prof. David Rapp of Northwestern University and Prof. William Ayers of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Comic creators and graphic novelists in attendance include Jane Yolen (Foiled), Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans), Geoffrey Hayes (Benny and Penny), Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz), Aaron Renier (Spiral Bound) and Josh Elder (Mail Order Ninja).
Program Schedule will consist of four presentations, followed by breakout sessions, and then a Meet the Authors event and catered reception.