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Comicana Panel with Dr. Lisa Costello

Joining us from Georgia Southern University, Dr. Lisa Costello will be speaking on the “Why Comics Matter…” panel at Comicana, a week-long interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Mississippi’s Departments of Art and Art History, Classics, English, Philosophy and Religion, and Writing and Rhetoric.

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Dr. Costello is an active interdisciplinary scholar, which means she works on several projects simultaneously. Currently Dr. Costello is shopping her manuscript on public memory and the Holocaust, with a focus on third generation survivors, gender performance, affect, and new media. She has an article under review on the Holocaust film Shoah and its absence of female testimony (using digital archives). Dr. Costello is also working with a national coalition on a Special Issue of Feminist Formations that explores program structure and university policy around WGSS Programs, including a national survey of WGSS Program Directors.

Since fall 2017, Dr. Costello has also been managing a $100,000 grant to expand LGBTQ+ resources, research, and curriculum on campus, which will grow (with a second grant) to become an active Research Institute with scholarships and research stipends. Dr. Costello actively works to make GSU more diverse and inclusive. In addition to the grant award, she serves on the President’s Diversity Advisory Council (to increase diversity and inclusion in hiring and policy) as well as serving as Diversity Faculty Fellow to teach teachers about how to expand diversity and inclusion practices in their classroom. She advises the National Organization for Women’s student chapter on campus and mentors Honors students as the Honors Coordinator for Writing and Linguistics. With an interdisciplinary cohort on campus, she is building Online Honors Thesis Modules for Honors students without mentors, slated for release in 2019.