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Pulitzer Prize Winning Political Cartoonist to Speak Here

By Mark Bilker

Mike Keefe, the 2011 winner of the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Political Cartooning, will speak about “The Art of Political Cartooning” at the Biblioteca’s Santa Ana Theater on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 3–5pm. The program will be presented under the auspices of the San Miguel Chapter of Democrats Abroad.

Political cartooning holds a special place in the political life of both the US and Mexico and enjoys a rich and often controversial history in both countries.

The beloved Mexican political cartoonist, known as Rius, passed away in early August. The New York Times obituary said of him, “Eduardo del Río, a self-taught Mexican caricaturist who weaponized his pen to mock politicians, imperialism, religion, corruption, consumerism, and carnivores—getting himself kidnapped and excommunicated and becoming immensely popular in the process—died on Tuesday (August 8) at his home in Tepoztlán, about 50 miles south of Mexico City. He was 83.”

For 36 years beginning in 1975, Mike Keefe was the editorial page cartoonist for The Denver Post. Nationally syndicated, his work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post and in hundreds of publications throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

In addition to his Pulitzer, Keefe has won top honors in the Fischetti, National Headliners Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and Best of the West contests. He was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, is a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, and is the author of several books and co-creator of two nationally syndicated comic strips, Cooper and Iota.

The September 20 program will include the presentation of a selection of Keefe’s cartoons, including some wonderful recent work commenting on the current US political situation, discussion about how he develops his concepts, and a lively Q&A session at the conclusion of the formal program.

He and his wife, Anita Austin, a former aerospace engineer and software developer, have recently moved to San Miguel de Allende.

Tickets at 200 pesos each, which includes the presentation and a wine and cheese reception at the conclusion of the formal program, are available at the Santa Ana Theater box office. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Santa Ana Theater, La Biblioteca, and Democrats Abroad 2018 voter registration efforts.


Democrats Abroad presents:

“The Art of Political Cartooning”

Wed, Sep 20, 3–5pm

Teatro Santa Ana

Reloj 50A

200 pesos

Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow


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