Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Giving Offense: Humor and Stereotype in Political Cartoons

From The University of Tulsa website.

From April 8-9, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa will host a public symposium on the role of stereotype and humor in American political cartoons. This event kicks off with a keynote talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) on Friday April 8, followed by a day-long series of panels featuring nationally recognized political cartoonists Clay Bennett (Chattanooga Times) Bruce Plante (Tulsa World), and Scott Stantis (Chicago Tribune) as well as local civil rights leaders, law professors, and free speech scholars.

Just over a year ago, a terrorist attack was launched on the Paris offices of the cartoon-laden magazine Charlie Hebdo, setting off a series of debates about the boundary between offensiveness and free speech in a democratic society. 

 This symposium will seek to expand these debates amid the passions of the American presidential race by asking some difficult questions about the role of humor in politics. 

  • Should a cartoonist employ images that some groups might find deeply offensive? 
  • What role do such images play in creating and sustaining racial, gender, or religious stereotypes? 
  • Where do we draw the line between satire and offensiveness? 
  • Finally, what place does humor itself have in the political process, especially if such humor singles out groups or individuals for ridicule?

The symposium will begin with a keynote address by Mike Luckovich on Friday April 8th at 8:00 in Tyrrell Hall on TU’s campus.

It will then continue on Saturday April 9th from 9:00am-3:30pm at Gilcrease Museum with a series of talks and roundtable discussions that will match cartoonists with local community leaders like Adam Soltani (CAIR Oklahoma)
and Marlin Lavanhar (All Souls Unitarian Church
as well as Tamara Piety, a First Amendment expert from the University of Tulsa’s College of Law. 

During the lunch break, Bruce Plante and Mike Luckovich will sketch informally and talk about their techniques. Refreshments will be served throughout the day at Gilcrease. This event is free and open to everyone.

The University of Tulsa
800 S Tucker Dr
Tulsa, OK 74104

Here’s a complete schedule of the events:

Friday, April 8, 2016 at Tyrrell Hall

8:00pm An Evening with Mike Luckovich

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Gilcrease Museum

9:00am Politial Cartoons: The Art of Giving Offense
Clay Bennett
Mike Luckovich
Scott Stantis
Bruce Plante (chair)

10:30am Coffee Break

11:00am Free Speech, Pluralism, and Political Correctness
Marlin Lavanhar
Adam Soltani
Jocelyn Payne
Tamara Piety
Mark Brewin (chair)

12:30pm Lunch Break and Sketching Session

2:00pm A Roundtable Discussion of Humor and Politics
Marlin Lavanhar
Adam Soltani
Jocelyn Payne
Scott Stantis
Clay Bennett
Bruce Plante
Mike Luckovich
Sean Latham (moderator)

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