2016 Lectures and Discussions

Chad Gracia

Director’s Lecture with Chad Gracia

Friday, March 4, 2016, 2:00 PM

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Chad Gracia has worked in New York theater for nearly 20 years as a producer, dramaturg, and playwright, with a focus on plays in verse. His works have seen productions in various cities in the United States and Europe. He co-wrote Gilgamesh, a drama based on the Sumerian epic, with Pulitzer-Prize winning author Yusef Komunyakaa, and has long collaborated with the American verse playwright Kirk Wood Bromley. The Russian Woodpecker is his first film.


Political Cartoons, with Joel Pett

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 1:00 PM

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2000 Pulitzer prize winner Joel Pett has been at the Lexington Herald-Leader since 1984. His cartoons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Times of London, USA Today and the Katmandu Times.

Magazine credits include Time, Newsweek, Business Week, Omni, Institutional Investor, Spa Finder, the Sierra Club magazine, and MAD.

Pett also received the 1999 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and five Global Media Awards for cartoons on population issues, as well as a regional Emmy for television commentary. He is a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, a past Pulitzer juror, and has conducted three overseas seminars on editorial cartooning as a guest speaker of the U.S. State Department.

A sometime stand-up comic, Pett has shared his blend of deceptively simple and provocative humor at dozens of venues, including the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library, Indiana University, Whitman College, Ohio State University, Brandeis University and more.

Sponsored by IU School of Global and International Studies