Thursday, November 3, 2011

In the News-Garry Trudeau at IU

Creator of Doonesbury to Speak at Indiana University

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau will speak at the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall at Indiana University in Bloomington on Monday, November 14, 2011. The topic of his talk will be "Doonesbury in Time of War." Mr. Trudeau created his popular comic strip Doonesbury while he was a student at Yale University. In 1975, he became the first daily comic strip cartoonist to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Mr. Trudeau's character B.D., never without his football helmet, went to war in Vietnam during the early '70s. He returned to the fighting in the Iraq war, making Doonesbury one of few comic strips to deal directly with the war. Today, Doonesbury appears in 1,100 newspapers worldwide.

Garry Trudeau is of course a Hoosier by marriage. His wife, journalist Jane Pauley, originally from Indianapolis, graduated from Indiana University in 1972 and for many years was co-host of The Today Show. I should note that her birthday was this week. Happy Birthday, Jane Pauley!

An exhibition of Garry Trudeau's work will be on display at the Indiana University Lilly Library through November 14. His talk, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. You can read more at the website of the IU Newsroom.

Copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley

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