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Comics & Cartoon Studies Minor Receives Private Endowment

A private donor’s gift has endowed the UO’s Comics & Cartoon Studies minor. The endowment invests $50,000 per year over four years to further the program’s efforts to create new courses and bring teachers, artists, and other industry professionals to visit classrooms and present lectures.

“Comics constitute a remarkably successful mode of communication, with a history that is at least as old as print culture, and a global reach that includes most of the nations of the world. This private investment in our program is evidence that we are doing something important and worthwhile,” says UO English Professor Ben Saunders, director of the Comic Studies program. “It’s a sign of faith in the cultural value of the comics form itself.”

The Comics and Cartoon Studies minor is the first of its kind in the nation and presents students with an international, historical, and critical perspective on the art of comics, from editorial cartoons to comic books to graphic novels.

Read about the gift on the UO Homepage and in Around the O.