Cartooning for Peace and Health

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Editorial cartoonists from around the world gathered at Emory in March for Cartooning for Peace and Health, a series of public lectures with an accompanying gallery exhibition. Organized by Cartooning for Peace–America and sponsored by the Halle Institute for Global Learning, the symposium explored the role of the cartoonist in the public sphere, with a special focus on politics, peacemaking, and health.

“Because peace and health are inextricably linked, we decided to bring them together in the symposium,” said Raymond Schinazi, chair of Cartooning for Peace–America’s board of directors and a renowned HIV/AIDS researcher at Emory and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. “The cartoonists conveyed the importance of individual and community health in achieving peace on both small and large scales.”

Chaired by Plantu, whose cartoons have graced the front page of Le Monde since 1985, and political cartoonist Michel Kichka, the event featured a diverse lineup of 18 cartoonists from the Americas and the Mediterranean, including The New Yorker’s Liza Donnelly and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Mike Luckovich.

Emory’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies program hosted a Spanish-speaking panel on cartooning and freedom of expression in Latin America. “We had a full house, and I heard very positive comments from members of the audience after the visit,” said Ricardo Gutiérrez-Mouat, director of graduate studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 

For Schinazi, the most striking discussions were “the personal accounts cartoonists gave of the persecution they continue to face, related both to their professional freedom and physical safety, because of their outspoken and uncensored cartoons,” he said. “We were truly honored to host these courageous artists and journalists as our guests.”

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