Triton history professor uses unlikely resource for teaching

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 11, 2014

What do comic books have to do with World War II, the Vietnam War or even Operation Iraqi Freedom? More than one might think.

Triton College adjunct history professor Dr. Cord Scott of Oak Park introduces his students to comic books as an unlikely teaching reference in his classes. Teaching with comic books has been met with intrigue by his students and is actually steeped in history, he says.

“There were some comic books made specifically for military training purposes. There’s much that can be learned from comic books, which is why I utilize them in my curriculum.”

Dr. Scott is an expert on the connection of war-themed comic books to U.S. and foreign wars. His knowledge has led to him being featured on nationally-televised programs and being asked to present at various U.S. conferences and events. His expertise on the field is culminated into his recently released book, “Comics and Conflict: Patriotism and Propaganda from WWII through Operation Iraqi Freedom,” which also served as the theme of his doctorate dissertation in 2011. His book is currently available on Amazon.com.

Aside from Dr. Scott’s innovate use of teaching references, students also appreciate his thorough knowledge of the field and energetic, open teaching style, referring to him as “influential,” “the best history professor” and “a real gem” on RateMyProfessor.com.

“I try to relay to students that history is not just about names and dates and that it does have an effect on the future,” he said. “As an adjunct faculty member, my life revolves around semesters, but I truly love what I do.”

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