October 14th, 2021

Eman Zwawi: Biomolecular Characters and Chemical Plots: Using creative writing techniques for effective science communication.
Siebel Center for Design, Room 1002

Every element of life is part of a story larger than us all. Everything we teach is a story told. Hone your story-spotting skills and learn how to find characters and construct narratives from the most unlikely situations. In this workshop, learn how to teach your science more effectively using scientifically backed storytelling techniques and narrative structures. Eman Zwawi is a UIUC student majoring in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Chemistry, and a growing storyteller.

October 15th, 2021

Dawn Bohn: Zines in the Classroom.

Dawn Bohn, Associate Professor in Food Science & Human Nutrition, will speak about utilizing zines in the classroom as a tool for solving complex food science and ingredient technology challenges. The specific assignment asks students to create a zine about ingredient labels for foods often found at food pantries, highlighting the history, cultivation, use, application, safety, and cross-funtionality of selected ingredient categories. With the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and other food pantries as the intended audience, the goal of the zines is to help manage fear around confusing and ambiguous ingredient labels that can sometimes make food products seem less desirable. Using zines as a platform, students develop skills such as visual literacy, science communication, and creativity.

Maria Emerson: Developing a Social Justice Zine Collection

María Emerson is the Student Success Librarian in the Undergraduate Library at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She started working with zines at her previous institution at Augustana College, where she created a Social Justice Zine Collection, focusing on different social justice issues such as sexual abuse, racism, immigration issues, mental illness, and more. In María’s zine talk, she’ll discuss how zines challenge the idea of authority and credibility, draws attention to issues and experiences often overlooked in mainstream publications, and helps students realize they can be experts of their own lives.

Graphic Medicine: Comics as a Research Tool
MK Czerwiec, RN, MA will discuss the origins, methods, and rationale for the use of comics as a research tool.



Aesthetics of Research: Breaking Canons and Building Community:  Zines, DEI, and the Academic Library 

Zine culture and independent publishing have a long history of radically de-centering culture and media across genres and communities.  Often an easy access point for new voices and perspectives, zines, with their accessibility in terms of production (cost, dissemination, etc ) serve as a hinge in opening up culture and canons. The Columbia College Library’s Zine programming , which includes monthly Library Zine Nights, a Zine Exchange, classroom workshops, and connections with Chicago communities of practice, also serves as a doorway into further probing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion discussions, both in libraries and creative communities. This presentation will showcase the benefits of sustaining zine-related programming and education in academic libraries, as well as ways other libraries can build their own zine programming and communities.

Jenna Freedman: Zines in Academe: Can We Bring Joy to the Practice of Research and Scholarship? 

With Zines in Academe, zine librarian invites you to explore with her alternatives or supplements to the research paper. Together we will discuss questions like “Do writing and grading have to be arduous?” “How do non-traditional assignments challenge dominant race, class, and neurology?” “How do we engage a greater amount of students’, readers’, and our own skills, talents, and identities in the pursuit of sharing knowledge?”