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Satire Under Siege

A Conversation with International Cartoonists
September 20th, 2016
12:00 PM

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: THE LUNCH FOR THIS EVENT WILL BEGIN AT 11:40 IN OUR USUAL SPACE IN THE OLD CHEMISTRY BUILDING. HOWEVER, ONLY LUNCH WILL BE IN THIS SPACE. AT NOON, WE'LL MOVE TO CLASSROOM 5 IN THE LINK IN PERKINS LIBRARY. IF YOU'RE NOT ARRIVING UNTIL NOON, PLEASE PLAN TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE LIBRARY.

DIRECTIONS TO THE LIBRARY: http://maps.duke.edu/map/index.php?id=21#!s/key=Link?m/4933

DIRECTIONS TO THE LINK, CLASSROOM 5: https://link.duke.edu/sites/link.duke.edu/files/uploads/assets/link_map.pdf

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the heavy rains on Sunday and Monday caused damage to our seminar room, and we're working to repair this as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chemistry Building Room 011)

Light lunch served at 11:45 am

Cartoonists are on the front line of freedom of expression around the world today. They employ a very potent tool - ridicule -  to puncture the pomposity of the powerful. But the powerful don’t often appreciate the joke. We will talk today with two of the globe’s most effective cartoonists and discuss the challenges of being a satirist battling repressive political regimes. Kevin "Kal" Kallaugher will moderate this discussion with Godfrey Mwampembwa "Gado" of Kenya and Rayma Suprani of Venezuela.

A prelude to the Duke-AAEC Political Cartoon & Satire Festival being held at Duke Sept. 22-24. More info about the festival can be found here.

 





 

Godfrey Mwampembwa (GADO)

Cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa, a.k.a GADO was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. GADO is the editorial cartoonist for the Nation Newspapers In Nairobi. He is the most Syndicated Political/Editorial cartoonist in East and Central Africa. His works have also been published in Le Monde (France), and The Guardian of London among others. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Buni Media, an independent multi- media company based in Nairobi. Gado is a creator and producer of the weekly satirical puppet show, The XYZ SHOW since its inception in Nairobi on on Citizen TV in 2009.

Gado is a 2007 Prince Claus Laureate. He is also a winner of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission Award in Journalism in 2005 and 2007. In 2011 Gado was among 12 extraordinary leaders to receive a Visionaries Award from the Ford Foundation for their innovative efforts on the frontlines of key social issues. In 2014, Gado was named as one of the 100 most influential people in Africa.

He lives in Nairobi with his wife Stephanie and daughters Mwaji-Odeta and Keza-Anganile.

Rayma Suprani

Rayma Suprani is a Venezuelan political cartoonist persecuted by the government, first under President Hugo Chávez, and now under his successor Nicolás Maduro. For more than 19 years, Suprani worked at El Universal, one of Venezuela’s largest dailies. She faced criticism from state media and government supporters for her satirical cartoons, but continued to publish her work until 2014. In September of that year, Suprani published a cartoon that mocked the legacy of Hugo Chávez and the state of the Venezuelan health care system. The edition was censored by the government and she was fired hours after the cartoon was published. Rayma’s fight for freedom of expression is depicted in the film Caricaturists-Footsoldiers of Democracy.

Kevin Kallaugher (KAL)

Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) is the international award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Economist magazine of London and The Baltimore Sun. In a distinguished career than spans 38 years, Kal has created over 8000 cartoons and 140 magazine covers. His resumé includes six collections of his published work, exhibitions in a dozen countries, awards and honors in seven. In 2015, Kal was awarded Cartoon of the Year in Europe, The Herblock Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons said of Kevin "Commanding a masterful style, Kallaugher stands among the premier caricaturists of the (twentieth) century."