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Narrating Lives: Creation of Comics by Heritage Learners

February 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Interested parties are invited to attend the talk of Professor Sandra Bernal-Heredia about how the creation of. comics can be especially beneficial for heritage learners as students develop visual and narrative abilities but can also serve to reflect and transmit trauma, memory and emotions. Many studies have highlighted the prominence and appeal of using comics as second language learning tools pointing principally to the comics’ casual speech and image to text format to engage students with the language on a dynamic level. Comic creation demands planning, idea organization, language succinctness and grammar, among other things; if the comic has a testimonial component, it can also be a visual and written documentation of a forgotten or marginalized experience. In this talk, Bernal will give examples of the comics her students created through the Pixton platform and the pre and post activities used in this teaching unit.

This event is sponsored and hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics and the Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund. For any questions, contact Dr. Carlos Villacorta at 


February 16
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States


Department of Modern Languages and Classics