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Renard Lecture: Politics in the Funny Pages: When Comic Strips Deal with Serious IssuesOctober 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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October 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Date:
October 16, 2017
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10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Free
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Renard Lecture: Politics in the Funny Pages: When Comic Strips Deal with Serious Issues

Outrageous animated series like South Park and satiric cartoons of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo attract attention today, but American cartoons have always grappled with the issues of their times. This visual presentation focuses on the subtle and overt political messages in popular comic strips, illustrated with slides from Little Nemo and The Yellow Kid in the 1900s, to Peanuts and Pogo in the 1950s, all the way to The Boondocks and Doonesbury in the 2000s. Either supporting or subverting the status quo, these comics have contributed to the cultural dialogue every day, and every year, of the last century. They continue to make strong statements about issues such as immigration, poverty, race representation, patriotism, pacifism, political corruption, women’s autonomy, and much more.

Robert Sikoryak, of NYC, is a writer, illustrator, and teacher. He is the author of the graphic novel Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). His comics and illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, Fortune, GQ, and Harvard Business Review, among others. He’s also drawn for television, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His literary classics adaptations appeared in Best American Comics 2015 and The Graphic Canon. His independent comics projects received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Robert teaches at Parsons School of Design and The Center for Cartoon Studies.

PLEASE NOTE: Doors Open at 9:30 am

TODAY’S PROGRAM, WHICH IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF THE NEW YORK COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES’ PUBLIC SCHOLARS PROGRAM.