Cartooning the USA: America Through The Pen Of Political Cartoonists

Venue: British Library Conference Center

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Oct 18, 2005
Registration Date: Oct 07, 2005
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Eccles Centre for American Studies
96 Euston Rd
London NW1 2DB
T +44 (0)20 7412 7757 E

One Day Conference

America Through The Pen Of
Political Cartoonists

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Conference Centre at the British Library
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Lecture: 'Cartoons & the War on Iraq'
Professor Chris Lamb (College of Charleston) author of Drawn to Extremes: The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartoons in the USA

Panel: 'The Political Cartoonist in the USA'
Kevin ‘KAL’ Kallaugher (Baltimore Sun, The Economist), winner of the 2004 Thomas Nast Award, & Matt Davies (Journal-News, White Plains, NY), winner of the 2004 Pulitzer prize for editorial cartooning & the first Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning, discuss their work and the role of US editorial cartoonists commenting on politics in 21st century America.

Presentation: 'Drawing on the Collection: Political Cartoons at the British Library'
Dr Matthew Shaw (US Curator, British Library) introduces an exhibition of political cartoons taken from the collections.

Panel: 'Looking Across the Atlantic Through Political Cartoons'
Dr Allen McLaurin (University of Lincoln) 'America Through British Eyes: the 1940s'
Professor Colin Seymour-Ure (University of Kent) 'Views of America since Watergate'

Panel 'UK Political Cartoonists Observing America'
Martin Rowson (The Guardian, & other publications), winner of the Cartoon Arts Trust political cartoonist award in 2003, and Peter Brookes (The Times), winner of British Press Cartoonist of the Year award 2002, discuss their work and the role of UK political cartoonists commenting on contemporary US politics

Pennsylvania Gazette, 9 May, 1754.

Frequently described as the first political cartoon published in an American newspaper, this cartoon is, with the editorial which it accompanied, generally believed to be the work of Benjamin Franklin. The editorial exhorted the British colonies - from right to left, New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina - to unite against French aggression from the Western interior. Benjamin Franklin’s 2006 tercentenary will be marked by events and exhibitions throughout America.
An exhibition on Frasnklin is scheduled at the British Library in Spring 2006

Registration £15 (£10 students) includes buffet lunch.