Michelle Fleig-Palmer, a professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, says the “Comics in Medicine and Teaching” conference on campus will focus on potential therapeutic and scholastic uses for comics and graphic novels.
Fleig-Palmer says, “The purpose of the conference is to bring together people in health care and teachers to talk about using comics in both an educational aspect and a healing aspect.”
The keynote speaker at UNK on Thursday will talk about the potential use of comic books for medicinal purposes.
“We have Dr. Ian Williams coming, a physician from England,” Fleig-Palmer says. “He’s going to talk specifically about comics and how that art form is used in health care and how he’s used it with patients.” She says the conference offers the opportunity to think broadly and creatively about how comic books and graphic novels can be used by health care providers and educators to help patients and students with their various challenges.
“We have Katie Monin, she’s a professor from Florida,” Fleig-Palmer says. “She’s going to talk about using comic books in classrooms with children who are struggling with math and English.”
The two-day conference at UNK will conclude on Friday. It’s free and open to the public.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney