Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Center for Arts in Society
To Host Award-Winning Political Cartoonist Rob Rogers
Event: Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) will host Rob Rogers, the award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for an evening lecture titled "How a Cartoonist's Brain Works." In his talk, Rogers, who received his master's degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon in 1984 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1999, will discuss his new book, "No Cartoon Left Behind: The Best of Rob Rogers," which was recently published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.
In "No Cartoon Left Behind," Rogers creates more of a personal memoir than a collection of political cartoons; he recounts his path to cartooning and offers his own personal perspective on some of the major news stories and memorable images of the past 25 years. Rogers covers a diverse range of topics from gun control and education to racism and 9/11. He also shares his best cartoons from the seven presidential elections he's covered, including Obama's historic 2008 win.
Describing the difficulty of balancing serious commentary with humor, Rogers writes, "Hockey player meets rodeo clown ... that's how I would describe the job I do. Some days, I'm checking politicians against the boards hard enough to make them organ donors. Other days it's my job to step into an otherwise tragic environment wearing baggy pants, a red nose and giant clown shoes."
Also at the lecture, Tim Haggerty, director of the Humanities Scholars Program, will offer a commentary titled "Rogers in Historical Perspective: A Faint Glimmer of Hope." Patricia Bellan-Gillen, the Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor of Art, will present "Thievery: Cartoons and Comics in Contemporary Art."
The lecture, co-sponsored by CAS and the School of Art, is free and open to the public. Following the lecture, Rogers will sign copies of his book.
"No Cartoon Left Behind: The Best of Rob Rogers" is available through Carnegie Mellon University Press at http://www.cmu.edu/universitypress/. Copies may be ordered through the Press' distributor, Cornell University Press Services, at 1-800-666-2211.
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4.
Where: Carnegie Mellon University, Porter Hall 100.
For more information, visit http://www.hss.cmu.edu/cas/.