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Syracuse Symposium 2004: Humor to present New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff on Oct. 28
Syracuse Symposium 2004: Humor to present New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff on Oct. 28October 22, 2004Michele Barrettmibarret@syr.edu
Syracuse Symposium 2004: Humor will present accomplished cartoonist and New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building. His talk, titled “Cartooning and Creativity as Seen Through the 68,647 cartoons of The New Yorker Magazine,” is free and open to the public.
“New Yorker cartoons may well be the longest-running popular comic genre in America, and their quality is superb,” says Eric Holzwarth, deputy director of the Renee Crown University Honors Program and assistant dean in The College of Arts and Sciences. “Bob Mankoff is a very funny man, a gifted speaker and quite an expert on the topic of humor. Having him lecture, answer questions and meet with students will be a real treat for the campus.”
Mankoff is the founder and president of The Cartoon Bank. He is also one of the nation’s leading commentators on the role of humor in American life, the author of “The Naked Cartoonist,” a book on the creative process of cartooning, and an SU alumnus (’66). He lives in New York City.
In addition to Mankoff’s appearance, an exhibition of New Yorker cartoons will be on display Oct. 19 through Nov. 6 in the Panasci Lounge of the Schine Student Center. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Members of the Syracuse University and Central New York communities have the opportunity to share their senses of humor with a wide audience?and with Mankoff?in a cartoon contest sponsored by the Symposium. The subject of the
contest is an original cartoon penned by Mankoff. Participants must write a caption for the cartoon that meets four criteria: it must be funny, original, a single sentence of not more than 25 words and it must complete the image in such a way that the final product would make a good New Yorker cartoon.
Mankoff will select the winners. First prizes of $300 and second prizes of $75 will be awarded in each of four categories: SU students, SU faculty/staff, SU alumni, and the general public. All winners will also receive a copy of “The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker,” signed by Mankoff.
The cartoon and a contest entry form are available on the symposium Web site at symposium.syr.edu/contest.html. Participants may submit their entry online or mail it to: Cartoon Contest, Syracuse Symposium, 329 Hall of Languages, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. 13244-1170. The deadline for entries is Oct. 22.
The Syracuse Symposium is an intellectual festival, hosted by The College of Arts and Sciences, which celebrates interdisciplinary thinking, imagining and creating. The theme for the Fall 2004 Symposium is humor. Other keynote speakers and performers scheduled for this semester include University of Chicago philosophy professor Ted Cohen (Nov. 11); and actress and performer Anna Deavere Smith (Nov. 18).
More information on the Syracuse Symposium speakers, performances and exhibits can be found at http://symposium.syr.edu.