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Alison Bechdel - Washington University International Humanities Prize

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 4:00 PM

Lecture and reception for cartoonist-memoirist and MacArthur “Genius” Alison Bechdel, author of “Fun Home” and winner of the 2022 Washington University International Humanities Prize

Free and open to the public

This event will be staged in a hybrid format. All are invited to attend virtually via Zoom or in person.

Please note: We have reached capacity for seating in the Clark-Fox Forum and the livestream watch party in the Kemp Auditorium.
All are welcome at the post-lecture reception and popup exhibit next door at the Kemper Art Museum.

Online viewing is still open. Follow this link to RSVP. 

Parking on campus: Visitors are welcome to park at the East End Parking Garage, located near Forsyth and Skinker boulevards (map). Follow this link for details about public transportation options.

Wednesday, November 9 - Lecture and Reception
5 pm (or immediately following lecture), Lobby, Kemper Art Museum: Reception and popup exhibit

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Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, author of "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" and other works that explore queer identity and family relationships, will deliver a lecture as she receives the Washington University International Humanities Prize, presented by the Center for the Humanities. The biennial award honors a person who has contributed significantly to the humanities through a body of work that has dramatically impacted how we understand the human condition.

Bechdel’s comic strip "Dykes To Watch Out For" became a countercultural institution among lesbians and discerning non-lesbians all over the planet. Her more recent, darkly humorous graphic memoirs about her family have forged an unlikely intimacy with an even wider range of readers.

Following the lecture, all are invited to a reception at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, where attendees will enjoy refreshments and view a popup display of work by local cartoonists and illustrators. 

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