a student at CSR, has been tirelessly working to educate the
public on genocide in general, and the Rwandan genocide in
particular. Her latest project is a “remembrance fabric,”
on which participants can write messages on their reactions
to the genocide; it will eventually be sent to the National
Genocide Memorial Museum in Kigali, Rwanda.
fabric idea was mine,” explained Mukeshimana. “I thought it
would be more significant that each message be a personal
handwritten message by its author,” she added. And this will
only be the first fabric.
hoping to send the first fabric this summer, however, I’ll
keep collecting signatures as more people become aware of
the Rwandan genocide.”
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like having a phantom limb,” remarked Art Spiegelman, the
Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Maus, on living and
working in New York City after the World Trade Center was
destroyed. Spiegelman, who ventured upstate Monday evening
as part of a Skidmore College lecture series, said dust was
still settling from the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when he
decided to return to comic books—the medium which first won
him acclaim—after a long relationship with the New Yorker.
11, I vowed that if I survived that morning I would return
to doing comics full time,” he remembered. “I just kept thinking
through it all that I wished I’d done more comics.”
Monday evening’s “Comix 101” lecture, Spiegelman explained
why the medium is so important to him, how it has evolved
over the years and why it occupies such an important niche
in popular culture.
echo the way the brain works,” he explained, “[We] think in
bursts of language—the kind that fit into speech balloons.
. . .When [we] think in pictures—it’s not in holograms, but
The Yellow Kid to Mad magazine, Spiegelman traced
the ups and downs of comics as both a supplement and, eventually,
an alternative to mainstream media. While newspapers struggled
to maintain a “consensual reality,” said Spiegelman, comics
were free to focus on the different realities each person
operated within according to their race, gender, age or any
number of other characteristics. And in his most recent work,
In the Shadow of No Towers, the celebrated comics creator
does just that, too—collecting musings on the events that
transpired before, during and after Sept. 11 in a hodge-podge
of images that reflect recent events—both national and personal—through
many sets of eyes.