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LONG ISLAND, NY — The Political Cartoon & Satire Festival comes to Hofstra University Nov. 1-4, 2017, as part of the annual gathering of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
Sponsored by Newsday, the AAEC Satire Festival will include panel discussions with cartoonists from The New Yorker, MAD Magazine, and many of the best editorial cartoonists and illustrators in the U.S., Canada and England. Free speech, safe spaces, and some guy named Trump will also figure prominently during the confabulation (look it up, Donald). The Festival is being held on and around the university campus in Hempstead, NY, and a number of the events are free and open to the public.
“We’ve never needed editorial cartooning and satire more than we need it now,” said Ann Telnaes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for washingtonpost.com, and current President of the AAEC. “Editorial cartoonists are the watchdogs of a free press and we take aim with our pens at anyone in power who is behaving badly, which there are plenty of today.”
“Since we now have a president who doesn’t understand the role of a free press and its importance to a democracy — and has a skin as thin as any third world dictator — this yearly meeting of our members should prove to be one filled with discussion, many heated debates, and lots of drawing on napkins.”
The Political Cartoon & Satire Festival kicks off early with a free-wheeling discussion on free speech at Columbia University on Monday, Oct. 30. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists Ann Telnaes, Matt Wuerker and Nick Anderson will join Patrick Chappatte and David Schulz, Director of the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School, to discuss “Protecting Cartoonists and Satire.” The talk, at 6:30 pm in Room 107 of Jerome Greene Hall, is in conjunction with Chappatte’s “Windows on Death Row” exhibition. Both the panel and the show are free and open to the public.
On Thursday, Nov. 2, renowned First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams will talk about free speech and how American law protects our most honored addendum to the U.S. Constitution. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision “Hustler v Falwell,” which secured protections for all forms of satire. Following his presentation, Mr. Abrams will be available for a book signing.
Thursday afternoon will also see a discussion with New Yorker cartoonists Kim Warp and Chris Weyant, moderated by Liza Donnelly, and an illustrators panel with Anita Kunz, Nora Krug and Ellen Weinstein.
The cartoonists head to New York City Friday for a private event at the Society of Illustrators.
The festival continues on campus Saturday afternoon in the Hofstra Student Center Theater with a chat with the Usual Gang of Idiots from MAD magazine, including Executive Editor John Ficarra, Senior Editors Joe Raiola and Charlie Kadau, and legendary MAD cartoonist Al Jaffee.
The AAEC convention wraps up Saturday night with the annual banquet, when several awards will be presented including the Cartoonists Rights Network International “Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award,” and the new “Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning.”
“I think we’ll feel quite at home for the four days we occupy Hofstra’s space,” said Matt Davies, the 2004 Pulitzer-Prize winner and daily cartoonist for Newsday. “We chose to partner with Hofstra as it is the only U.S. university to have hosted three consecutive presidential debates in 2008, 2012 and 2016.”
“It was the site of the first Hillary vs. Trump debate, and ground zero of the completely altered political landscape that everybody now looks to the nation’s political cartoonists to decipher.”
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Formed by a group of newspaper cartoonists in 1957, the AAEC is a professional organization concerned with promoting the interests of staff, freelance, and student editorial cartoonists and graphic journalists in North America. The AAEC takes public stands supporting the 1st Amendment, and works closely with several cartoonists rights organizations looking to publicize oppression and attacks on political cartoonists by foreign governments.
The 2017 Political Cartoon and Satire Festival is sponsored by Newsday, Hofstra University, the Herb Block Foundation, the Stewart R. Mott Foundation, Andrews McMeel Syndication, The Washington Post, and the AAEC. A complete, detailed schedule is available at http://editorialcartoonists.com/aaecweb/convention.cfm.
For more information contact Ann Telnaes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Davies at Matthew.Davies@newsday.com. For art related to events, contact JP Trostle at email@example.com