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Golden Anniversary Lecture: Cartoonists-9/11

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How Cartoonists Responded to 9/11

A Golden Anniversary Lecture by
Kent Worcester

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015; 7:15 sharp

HSRC, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Admission: $FREE (reservations required)

The attacks of 9/11 generated an enormous volume of visual commentary, from editorial cartoonists and comic strip writers and artists as well as comic book creators and graphic novelists. Many cartoonists witnessed the fall of the Twin Towers with their own eyes and sought to express their shock and horror through illustrations and narrative art. This presentation uses roughly two dozen images to survey the diverse ways in which cartoonists from New York City and around the country responded to one of the defining events of the early twenty-first century. The talk also takes up the question of what makes for effective political art and the responsibility of artists in an era of catastrophic political violence.

Kent Worcester is a professor of political science at Marymount Manhattan College, where he teaches courses on democratic theory, modern political theory, contemporary war, and the politics of popular culture. He is the author or coeditor of six books including, most recently, "Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium" and "A Comics Studies Reader." For several years, he gave talks on New York City and comic books for the New York Council for the Humanities' Speakers in the Humanities program.

Please join us at the HSRC's History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY, for this special evening lecture. As a courtesy to the speaker, please arrive early to avoid interruptions. The lecture will begin promptly at 7:15. Latecomers with reservations may forfeit their seats. Walk-ins will be admitted only if space permits.

Admission is free, but space is limited, and reservations are required. To reserve your free tickets online, click on the Brown Paper Tickets logo: 

You can also reserve tickets by sending an email to or calling (845) 634-9629.

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Since its launch in 1983, the New York Council for the Humanities' Speakers in the Humanities program has brought distinguished scholars on a wide range of humanities topics to audiences across New York State. All Speakers events are free and open to the general public. Each year, hundreds of non-profit organizations and community groups take advantage of this program, including community centers, religious organizations, museums and historical societies, and libraries. The Speakers program is an easy, affordable way for organizations to bring top humanities programming to their community.

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