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Picturing History FAQs

Who is eligle to apply for the institute?

All K-12 teachers are welcome to apply; however, preference will be given to applicants teaching in grades 8-10. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.

How do I register to receive graduate credit?

All selected particpants (you must be approved by the Project Director for course registration) will be enrolled in the Graduate School (new students will be admitted as non-degree status). Students must register online using the Office of Continuing Education Contractual Outreach registration form. But first,  Please follow this link to detailed instructions.

Please read and print out the instructions linked to above. Then go to the online course registration form and fill it out.

Please read and follow all registration requirements and instructions carefully.

When does the institute meet?

We will meet daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM during August 1-5. The complete schedule is available HERE.

Where will institute activities be held?

We will be meeting at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum located in the Northeast portion of the Wexner Center complex, north of the Mershon Auditorium. Entry doors are located in the walkway underneath the large, white, steel grid that runs north-south, parallel to High Street. After entering the building, take the stairs or elevator down one floor. the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is located next to the Fine Arts Library. View the Library on this map.

What topic can I research for my lesson plan?

Check out the list of suggested topics HERE.

What material will participants receive?

Participants in the Institute will receive the following book and articles, which will be required reading.

Main Text:

Lordan, Edward J. Politics, Ink: How American's Cartoonists Skewer Politicians, from King George III to George Dubya. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefied Publishers, Inc., 2006.


Appel, John J. "Ethnicity in Cartoon Art" in Cartoons and Ethnicity. Columbus: The Ohio State University Libraries, 1992, 13-46.

"Editorial Cartoons: The Impact and Issues of an Evolving Craft." Nieman Reports 58:4 (Winter 2004), 4-46.

Henry, William A., III. "The Sit-Down Comics." Washington Journalism Review (October 1981), 22-28.

Leonard. Thomas C. "Visual Thinking: The Tammany Tiger Loose" in The Power of the Press: The Birth of American Political Reporting. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Medhurst, Martin J. and Michael A. DeSousa. "Political Rhetorical Form: A Taxonomy of Graphic Discourse." Communication Monographs 48:3 (September 1981), 197-236.

Where can I park?

You will receive information about parking and a pass to enable you to park in “C” parking lots (colored green on parking maps and indicated with green lettering on signs).

You will receive a map showing available parking. You can find one on-line HERE. Keep apprised of parking and traffic patterns affected by construction on campus by viewing the Campus Construction Map.

Why do there seem to be so many cartoonists from Ohio?

There is no definitive answer to this. It may be a combination of the political importance of the state, its history of strong newspapers, and its Midwestern sensibilities. The list of Ohio Cartoonists who were born, educated or worked here is indeed impressive. Further information on these cartoonists is available in the biographical files housed at Cartoon Library & Museum.