A Conversation with Joel Christian Gill

Hear from Joel Christian Gill, the inaugural chair of Boston University’s master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in visual narrative and associate professor in the CFA School of Visual Arts. Comic artist Joel C. Gill shares the stories of underrepresented peoples, historical events, and dynamic illustration to illuminate why it’s important to celebrate Black history year-round.

Joel Christian Gill is the Inaugural Chair of Boston University’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Narrative and Associate Professor in the CFA School of Visual Arts. 

He is also a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir Fights: One Boy's Triumph Over Violence, cited as one of the best graphic novels of 2020 by The New York Times and for which he was awarded the 2021 Cartoonist Studio Prize. He wrote the words and drew the pictures for Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride and the award-winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, as well as 3 volumes of Tales of The Talented Tenth, which tell the stories of Bass Reeves, Bessie Stringfield and Robert Smalls. His graphic novel adaptation of Ibram Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, is forthcoming from Ten Speed Press in June 2023. Gill has dedicated his life to creating stories to build connections with readers through empathy, compassion and, ultimately, humanity. He received his MFA from Boston University and his BA from Roanoke College.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7:00pm

Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204, USA

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Speaker/Lecture/Reading, Art, Discussion, Public


Academic, Art & Art History, History and Historic Preservation, Creative Writing


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