Drawing a Line: A Conversation With Rob Rogers
April 11, 2019 |
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
After 25 years as the political cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rob Rogers was fired for drawing cartoons critical of President Trump. In Rogers' new book, Enemy of the People, Rogers writes, “Trump’s open embrace of the darkest, ugliest corners of human nature has emboldened racists, neo-Nazis, criminals, thugs, despots, misogynists and liars to come out from under their rocks and display their shameful behavior publicly. That includes publishers and editors who years ago may have been too ashamed to express their hateful views on the editorial page.” From a cartoon-killing spree to a social media buzz, from an appearance on CNN to his final days at the paper, Rogers chronicles his unenviable journey with honesty, wit and humor.
“Satire is the ultimate expression of free speech,” says Rogers. “It reminds us that we live in a healthy democracy. But we are living in time like no other in our country’s history, a time when the media is under attack, a time of extreme partisanship. We need satire and editorial cartoons more now than ever.”
Rogers will show cartoons and then sit down with fellow artist Steve Brodner to discuss his life and work. Following the conversation, Rogers will sign copies of his new book.
This event is presented in collaboration with Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America and the National Cartoonists Society.
$10 Non-members | $7 Members | $5 students/seniors (Undergraduate with valid ID).