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302 | Unflattening: Thinking Through Images
302 | Unflattening: Thinking Through Images
Sunday, April 29 | 2:00p - 3:00p
School of the Art Institute
112 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60603
  • Members: $15
  • Public: $20
  • Students and Teachers: $10

The primacy of words over visual images has deep roots in Western culture. What if the two are inextricably linked, equal partners in how humans think? In his graphic novel Unflattening, scholar and cartoonist Nick Sousanis weaves together diverse ways of seeing, drawn from art, literature, movies, and scientific illustrations, to make the case against what he calls 'flatness' or the fixed viewpoint. Using the collage-like capacity of comics, Sousanis demonstrates that perception is always a process of incorporating and reevaluating different vantage points. Join us for a fascinating conversation on the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning.

Preorder your copy of Unflattening through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

Poems While You Wait is a group of Chicago poets who periodically set up shop to produce poems on the spot (see what we did there?) at events taking place around the city. We're thrilled to welcome them and their clackety typewriters to CHF's spring festival. Look for their table setup in the SAIC lobby in between your programs and get a personalized poem to take home!


Nick Sousanis is an assistant professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University. He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. His book Unflattening received the 2016 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Humanities, the Lynd Ward Prize for best Graphic Novel of 2015, and was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic work.

  • Unflattening
  • 4/20/2015