Cartoon Civics: PD for Grades 7-12

Max Registrations: 60

Presented in partnership with the History & Social Studies Education Program and the Political Science Program at Plymouth State University. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, from 9:00 am -3:00 pm

Register by July 19, 2022. (Registration has closed.)

Plymouth State University 

**All registered attendees will receive FREE copies of the NH State COMICSTITUTION  & This is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide to Governance

This free professional development workshop will guide middle and high school teachers through how to use comics and cartooning to engage students with complex topics. The workshop will be co-taught by Marek Bennett, recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Education, and James Sturm of the Center for Cartoon Studies, co-author ofThis Is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide To Governance.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

5 PD hours for day only participation.

10 PD hours and $75 stipend for full participation (day participation, follow up in your classroom, submitted lesson and reflection submitted to NH Civics by Jan. 31, 2023).

Register by July 19, 2022.  (Registration has closed)

In-Person at Plymouth State University

This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation. Learn more at


Presenter Bios

Marek Bennett: 

Marek Bennett

NH-based cartoonist, musician, and educator Marek Bennett leads discovery-based Comics Workshops for all ages throughout New England and the world beyond! His comics work includes the graphic novel series, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, as well as drawing, translating, & editing for The Most Costly Journey (2021) with the bilingual El Viaje Project. His crowd-funded cartoon travel memoirs include Sharjah Sketchbook (2020) and SLOVAKIA: Fall in the Heart of Europe (2013).  Marek is the recipient of the 2021 New Hampshire Governor’s Arts Award for Art Education. His website is:



James Sturm: 

James Sturm is a cartoonist and the cofounder of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He is the editor of CCS’s graphic guide series and his writings and illustrations have appeared in publications that include The Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate, The Paris Review, The Onion, The New York Times and on the cover of The New Yorker. James was a 2020-21 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow and a 2008 and 2015 MacDowell Colony Fellow.

Register by July 19, 2022.  (Registration has closed)

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