Political Cartooning series starts Sept. 19

Auburn Public Library will present “No Laughing Matter: The Pulitzer Prize and the Art of Editorial Cartooning,” a lecture series on editorial cartooning in September and October. The series will feature talks by two award-winning cartoonists and the former Director of Maine Archives and Museums, and an exhibit of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons from years past.  Support for this program is provided by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative.

On September 19th at 6:30 p.m., historian Erin Bishop, former Director of Maine Archives & Museums, will provide an historical overview of political cartoons, which have been an influential and popular art form in America since the late 18th century. As a journalistic shorthand, editorial cartoons express powerful ideas, distilling complex issues into a single potent image. Bishop will break down the basic techniques cartoonists use to convey meaning and will guide guests through famous and noteworthy cartoons about key issues in American politics.

The complete schedule of events: