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Cartoonist, author Alison Bechdel to visit West campus


September 5, 2013

Alison Bechdel, whose groundbreaking graphic memoir “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” was named Best Book of 2006 by Time Magazine, will speak at ASU’s West campus on Sept. 17. The 7 p.m. event in the La Sala Ballroom is free and open to the public; visitor parking on campus at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road costs $2 per hour.

After speaking, Bechdel will take questions from the audience and sign copies of her books. Alison Bechdel Download Full Image

Bechdel also is the author of “Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama” and the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For.”

“Dykes” was described as “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period,” by Ms. Magazine. It ran regularly in more than 50 LGBT publications in North America and the United Kingdom. Many award-winning collections of “Dykes” were published in book form by an independent feminist press, and were translated into several languages.

Bechdel gained wider recognition for her work with the publication in 2006 of “Fun Home.” It was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in addition to its recognition by Time Magazine. Time called the tightly architected investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.”

After setting aside “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 2008, Bechdel began devoting herself full-time to autobiographical work. Her second graphic memoir, “Are You My Mother,” was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2012.

In her work, Bechdel is preoccupied with the overlap of the political and the personal spheres. “Dykes to Watch Out For” was an explicitly community-based and politically engaged project. But in her deeply intimate memoirs about her father’s life before the gay rights movement and her mother’s life before the women’s movement, she turns a microscopic lens on the internal mechanisms of oppression and liberation.

Bechdel edited “Best American Comics 2011.” She has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review and Granta. Her work is widely anthologized and translated.

Bechdel also is the recipient of a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship.

“Alison is extremely engaging both as a writer and a speaker, and we are pleased to offer Valley residents the opportunity to meet her in person,” said Jeff Kennedy, artistic director for ASU’s West campus and a faculty member in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the core college on the West campus.

Details about this and other upcoming events at ASU’s West campus may be found online at https://campus.asu.edu/west/events, on Facebook @ asuwestevents or by calling the Arts Information line at (602) 543-2787.

Bechdel’s visit also is part of Project Humanities “Humor…Seriously!” Fall 2013 Kickoff Week, with events being held on all four Phoenix-area campuses of ASU. The schedule of events may be found at http://humanities.asu.edu/events. Project Humanities’ Facebook page is @ projecthumanities.

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ASU to take part in Mayo Clinic's Transform 2013 symposium


September 5, 2013

ASU is playing a role in the Mayo Clinic’s Transform 2013 symposium on the future of health care delivery, and the university community is invited to participate.

ASU community members can watch a live webcast of the event, which is set to take place Sept. 8-10 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn. ASU is serving as an educational partner for the sixth annual event. Download Full Image

Watch the webcast at http://www.asu.edu/vppa/mayo-clinic-transform/.

The symposium is hosted by Mayo’s Center for Innovation. The event began as a small internal conference for Mayo employees in 2007 and is now the premier, multidisciplinary conference focused on innovation and design solutions that transform the experience and delivery of health care.

The event will be moderated by John Hockenberry, an award-winning journalist and commentator, and features a full roster of national and international experts on a wide array of topics, including design, communication and health care delivery.

A full list of speakers can be found at mayo.edu/transform/speakers.

For more information on Transform 2013, visit mayo.edu/transform.