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UNI panel to explore portrayal of women in comics

March 7, 2014

Angie Cox, library assistant, Rod Library, 319-273-2839,

Catherine MacGillivray, director and associate professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-7102,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the panel discussion "Representations of Women in Comics: How Women are Drawn, Dressed, Desired and Discarded" at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the Rod Library, Room 324, as a part of Women's History Month.

"This event is designed to discuss some of the issues facing women in comics," said Annalee Hollingsworth, student library assistant at the Rod Library. "The percentage of comic readers who are women is growing, and the Rod Library wants to be a part of the dialogue about women in comics leading up to our Mini Comic-Con event later in the month."

Panelists will include Annette Lynch, professor in UNI's School of Applied Human Sciences, co-director of the Center for Violence Prevention and author of "Porn Chic: Exploring the Contours of Raunch Eroticism;" Mike Welch, librarian at the Cedar Falls Public Library; and Erin Hamburg, UNI alumna and cosplayer.

Rod Library's Mini Comic-Con will take place from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 29, in the Rod Library. In addition to panel discussions, the event will feature guest speakers, a photo booth, costume contests, and trivia and gaming competitions.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information and a complete list of Women's History Month events, visit or contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or For more information about Rod Library's Mini Comic-Con, contact Angie Cox, library assistant in Rod Library, at 319-273-2839 or