Studio Time in the Literature and Medicine Classroom
Susan Squier, Tess Jones, and Scott Smith
This round-table is aimed at people who teach comics in literature, or literature-and-medicine, classrooms. We will present our experiences introducing 'studio time'--a time dedicated to creating our own comics (text and images)--into classes that are customarily occupied with discussing comics, either as examples of literature or as modes of communication in health care settings. After brief papers, we will answer questions and encourage discussion and comments among the attendees.
Tess Jones is an associate professor in medical humanities who has been studying the rationale for and the impact of incorporating the visual arts, including comics drawing, into medical education. Susan Squier is a professor of Women's Studies and English who teaches comics in graduate seminars in those fields, and Scott Smith is an assistant professor of English whose undergraduate classes on comics have included the opportunity for students to make their own comics individually or in collaboration.