Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders

Professor Ben Saunders believes that reading comics makes you smarter. He founded and directs the Undergraduate Minor in Comics Studies at the University of Oregon – the first undergraduate minor of its kind in the world.  His is the author of Do the Gods Wear Capes: Spirituality, Fantasy, and Superheroes (Continuum, 2011) – described by Greg Rucka as “the best critical work on the meaning and impact of super-heroes that … has ever been written” — and  Donne: Poetry, Sexuality, Interpretation (Harvard University Press, 2006). He also co-edited Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby (IDW, 2015) with Charles Hatfield.  He regularly lectures on comic-related topics at universities, conferences and conventions across the United States, and recently appeared as an academic expert in the well-received History Channel documentary, Superheroes Decoded.  He has also curated several museum exhibitions of comic art.

The Wonder of Wonder Woman

Jewel Box Theater

Join current Wonder Woman scribe James Robinson and Professor Ben Saunders for an engaging discussion of what makes her such an enduring icon and what her future holds.

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Peanuts for Grownups: Gender, Politics, and Philosophy in the Work of Charles M. Schulz

Jewel Box Theater

Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts is one of the most successful pop-culture franchises ever created. But nowadays few fans are aware of just how clever, moving, cruel, and even subversive Schulz’s original newspaper comics could be. Join Professor Ben Saunders for a deep dive into the Peanuts archive, and rediscover the themes of existential philosophy, religious […]

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