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The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power

We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM downstairs in the Social Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, New York, NY 10023-7183.

Our special guest speaker, Victor S. Navasky, Publisher Emeritus, "The Nation" magazine, will talk about his most recent book, "The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power", and why political cartoonists and caricaturists, too often dismissed as "unserious", "irrelevant" and "trivial", have been censored, threatened, incarcerated, and even murdered for their art. Political cartoons have not only been capturing the zeitgeist throughout history, but shaping it as well.

Moreover, our speaker asks, if, indeed, under certain circumstances images turn out to be more powerful than words, what are the implications for democratic, humanist endorsement of First Amendment free speech values?

Along with his 2013 work, "The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power", Mr. Navasky is also the author of "A Matter of Opinion" (2005), "Naming Names" (1980), which won the 1982 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and "Kennedy Justice" (1971). For many years the editor of "The Nation", and then its publisher, Mr. Navasky has taught at a number of colleges and universities including Princeton University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he currently chairs the "Columbia Journalism Review". He has contributed articles and reviews to numerous magazines and journals of opinion, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a George Polk Award. Mr. Navasky is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Navasky, a graduate of Swarthmore College (1954) and Yale Law School (1959), is a highly engaging speaker with a strong background in writing, editing, and publishing, and all are invited to attend this meeting.

Admission to this event is free, but annual HSMNY membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged.

Note: This HSMNY Chapter Meeting Announcement Notice can be found on the Web at

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