On November 10, 2015, MUSE welcomed Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell to campus to present the keynote address for our Theme Year on Community.

Below is a full recording of the event.

As part of each theme year, MUSE selects a centerpiece book to distribute to undergraduate students at no cost to them. For the 2015-16 Theme Year on Community, we have chosen March (Books One and Two) by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. 

#1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (Special Recognition)
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound
One of Reader’s Digest’s Graphic Novels Every Grown-Up Should Read

“A riveting and beautiful civil-rights story…Lewis’s gripping memoir should be stocked in every school and shelved at every library.”
–The Washington Post

“An astonishingly accomplished graphic memoir that brings to life a vivid portrait of the civil rights era, Lewis’ extraordinary history and accomplishments, and the movement he helped lead…Its power, accessibility and artistry destine it for awards, and a well-deserved place at the pinnacle of the comics canon.”

“Brave acts of civil disobedience…[give] March its educational value even as Powell’s drawings give Lewis’s crisp narration an emotional power.”
–The New York Times

“Powell’s drawings in March combine the epic sweep of history with the intimate personal details of memoir, and bring Lewis’s story to life in a way that feels entirely unfamiliar. March is shaping up to be a major work of history and graphic literature.”