Monday, August 31, 2015

Civil rights icon John Lewis' to appear at UIS as part of campuswide reading program

An appearance by civil rights icon John Lewis, now a U.S. congressman, will highlight events related to the University of Illinois Springfield's "One Book, One UIS" community read for 2015-16.

The graphic memoir "March," written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, tells Lewis' life story as a civil rights activist and leader. The book is a trilogy, with the third part yet to be published.

Jane Treadwell, UIS librarian and dean of library instructional services, said the book selection committee considered whether a graphic novel would have as much appeal as a traditional book to the campus community.

"Undergraduates already have been exposed, and they like that format," Treadwell said. "We decided that because of the subject matter, it would work."

The highlight of the "March" initiative is an Oct. 19 appearance by Lewis, Aydin and Powell at UIS. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event, which are free, are available Monday through the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office. The event is supported in part by Illinois Humanities and the Field Foundation of Illinois.

More information on the community read and the Oct. 19 event is available at

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on August 31, 2015.

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