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March 26: Founding Writer of "The Simpsons" To Speak at Carnegie Mellon April 2

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Founding Writer of "The Simpsons"
To Speak at Carnegie Mellon April 2

ReissPITTSBURGH—Mike Reiss, a founding writer of "The Simpsons," will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 2 at Carnegie Mellon University. His talk, "The Simpsons and Other Gentiles I Work With," will explore Jewish themes and how audiences around the world perceive Springfield's famous cartoon family. The lecture will be held in McConomy Auditorium, located on the first floor of the University Center.
    
Reiss plans to show clips from "The Simpsons" as well as his original animated creations "The Critic" and "Queer Duck." He has received four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus for his work with "The Simpsons." "The Critic" features the voice of Jon Lovitz as Hollywood movie critic Jay Sherman. "Queer Duck" has earned praise from The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the gay press and Howard Stern. The BBC recently named it one of "The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time."
    
Reiss' other TV credits include "It's Garry Shandling's Show," "The PJs," "Alf" and "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." He also was a contributing writer to "Ice Age," "Ice Age 2," Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" and "The Simpsons Movie." Reiss' original dramatic screenplay, "Fat Man," is currently in production with Adam Sandler.
    
This former editor of The Harvard Lampoon and The National Lampoon is a frequent contributor to Esquire and Games magazines. He also has published 10 children's books, including "How Murray Saved Christmas," a Christmas story for Jewish children, and his latest work, "The Boy Who Wouldn't Share."    
    
This installment of Carnegie Mellon's University Lecture Series is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Education and the Division of Student Affairs in partnership with the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, the School of Drama, the School of Art, the Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises and the Hillel Jewish University Center. More information on the lecture, which is free and open to the public, is available at: http://www.cmu.edu/uls/april/reiss.html.

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