Heads up for any readers in central Tennessee: tomorrow afternoon in Murfreesboro, editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle will present a free public lecture titled “First Amendment and Beyond: An Editorial Cartoonist’s Life.” Cagle’s talk–accompanied, he says, by “lots of cartoons”–will begin at 4:30 p.m. in room 104 of Middle Tennessee State University’s Bragg Media and Entertainment Building.
Cagle is no stranger to controversy–most notably, perhaps, when he angered the Mexican government with a cartoon showing the eagle from their flag shot dead in a hail of machine gun fire. He also counted among his friends Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac and Georges Wolinski, two of the cartoonists killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack in January. In the aftermath of the killings, Cagle wrote that “no one can doubt that editorial cartoonists are leading the fight for press freedoms now.”
Cagle’s lecture is jointly sponsored by MTSU’s John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies, the Communications Studies Student Club, MTSU University Honors College, and the College of Media and Entertainment. The event is free and open to the public; campus visitors are asked to print off a free temporary parking permit. Parking details can be accessed from MTSU’s news release.
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Contributing Editor Maren Williams is a reference librarian who enjoys free speech and rescue dogs.