In this entertaining presentation that is designed to invite debate, political cartoonist Milt Priggee challenges audience members’ personal beliefs on local issues by sharing a collection of images specifically to explore what is considered acceptable commentary in the 21st century. He explains how the elements of political commentary are changing as the medium moves from print to digital media platforms, and highlights how and why critical thinking remains an essential element of an ever-changing democracy.
This presentation is especially relevant in the wake of the recent massacre of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris. We hope this presentation will serve as a catalyst for discussion and provide a safe space in which to expand the conversation and increase understanding of the events in Paris as well as political cartooning and free speech. Although Burlington is far removed from Paris, terrorism and conflicting ideologies affect us all.
Priggee has been drawing political cartoons for local newspapers since 1976 and has worked in twelve different states. He was born in Alaska, grew up in Chicago, graduated from college in Colorado, and was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. His nationally syndicated cartoons, caricatures, comic strips, and illustrations have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, and on websites, album covers, shirts, and even wine bottles. A past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Priggee’s cartoon commentary has generated hate mail, awards, death threats, libel lawsuits, as well as many heated discussions.