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Duke-AAEC Political Cartoon and Satire Festival 

When: Sept. 22-24 2016
bit.ly/DukeSatireFest

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22–SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Political Cartoon & Satire Festival

At least this year's agonizing political season has yielded a few dividends, like this three-day event dedicated to a pair of arts that derive their edge from righteous anger at the status quo. Held under the auspices of Duke and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, the fest offers an intriguing slate to celebrate the poking of fun and the raking of muck in its many guises. [Disclosure: INDY cartoonist V.C. Rogers is one of the organizers of the festival.] That paragon of satire, The Simpsons, gets its own evening featuring some of the show's writers and producers. People who provide verification services for satirical news outlets like The Daily Show and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee will be on hand to discuss the fickle nature of fact. And there are panels—lots of panels, but the good kind, where, for example, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists weigh in on how to draw Trump and other touchy subjects. As for cartooning, you can watch an expert do it or you can try your hand in a student workshop. You may not earn critical praise, but then again, to quote Alexander Pope, praise undeserved is satire in disguise. —David Klein

DUKE UNIVERSITY, DURHAM
Various times, free, www.polis.sanford.duke.edu

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