On Wednesday 15 November at 1800hrs, the Aula Magna of the Valletta Campus will host the public talk “In Conversation with Joe Sacco”, which will be moderated by Prof. Gloria Lauri-Lucente and Dr Fabrizio Foni from the Faculty of Arts, under the auspices of HUMS (the Humanities, Medicine and Science Platform of the University of Malta).
Renowned cartoonist and graphic novelist Joe Sacco will be in Malta to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature. The Honoris Causa will be conferred by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta. The ceremony will take place on Friday 17 November at the Church University in Valletta at 1600hrs.
The general public is warmly invited to “In Conversation with Joe Sacco.” To reserve a seat for the event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience. Refreshments will follow the “conversation” to give the audience the opportunity to discuss with Joe Sacco his work over a glass of wine.
Joe Sacco was born in Malta in 1960. A year later his family immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, where he spent his childhood. In 1972, his family relocated to the United States. In 1978, Sacco majored in journalism at the University of Oregon, and in 1986 he started working for Fantagraphics, one of the most distinguished American publishers of independent comics and cartoons. Over the following years, his critically acclaimed strips and graphic novels focusing mostly on war-torn countries and geopolitical issues won him the name of father of comics journalism. In 2012, he earned the PEN Literary Award in Graphic Literature for Outstanding Body of Work.