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Sunday, February 21 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Moses, Superman, and their Legacy: The Jewish Roots of the Comic Book Superheroes

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Who was sent off in a small vessel by his parents to save him from the death and destruction facing his people … then raised among people to whom he is an alien, but who do not suspect his secret identity … then  grows up to become a liberator and champion of the oppressed, with the aid of miraculous superpowers? You could have answered either Moses or Superman. Comic book superheroes were the creations of the sons of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, all born between 1914 and 1922. It was a very Jewish sentiment to feel for the underdog and to champion "Truth, Justice and the American Way” that their families had come to the United States to find. The background stories of these Jewish artists gives some insight into their individual inspirations for their characters, and the ones that were to come after.

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Sandi-Jo Gordon

Artist, Arts Encounters
Sandi-Jo Gordon is the middle link of 3 generations of professional artists. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Since retiring as an interior designer, her time is devoted to advocating and educating about art, particularly local resources, through lectures... Read More →

Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am EST
Room 120

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