DANA WALRATH’S ALICEHEIMER’S: COMICS, MEDICINE, AND MEMORY
Location: The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s Will Eisner Seminar Room – 1813 N High St
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
We are thrilled to welcome cartoonist, writer, and educator DANA WALRATH to campus on Friday, November 6th.
Dana Walrath is the author of the graphic memoir Aliceheimer’s, which chronicles her mother’s dementia and how it provided an unexpected community of help including pirates, space/time travel, and Walrath’s dead father, looming in the branches of the maple trees around her New England farm house. This talk will focus on the power of graphic storytelling to heal and support individual caregivers, to support those with memory loss, and to rewrite the story of how we age globally.
Walrath earned a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has used stories and art in her teaching of medical students at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine. She is currently working with the Center for Cartoon Studies on their Cartoonist Veteran Project. Her most recent book is Like Water on Stone, an account of the Armenian genocide in blank verse, which was a finalist for the 2015 Vermont Book Award.
Following Dana’s talk will be a Q&A and book signing.
Co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Popular Culture Studies, and Humanities and Medicine: a Working Group at the Humanities Institute.