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By Laura and Christina

When you throw cartoons into the mix with the FCC (remember Janet Jackson?), entertainment is sure to ensue.
This Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., the Nasher Museum and Duke’s Department of Art, Art History &  Visual Studies will co-host a roundtable discussion, “The Press: balance, bias, and the Freedom of Speech.”  A distinguished panel of Duke alumns and professors will come together to explore the role of print media in fostering political debate in contemporary America.
This lecture complements to the museum’s newest exhibition, “Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature,” which offers an intriguing juxtaposition of political satire from the 19th-century reign of French King Lois-Philippe with political cartoons from the Bush Administration. (Don’t forget to check out the Bill Clinton caricatures, you may miss them if you blink!)

The evening’s panelists include Kevin Martin, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman (2005-2009, a post-Janet Jackson appointee), as well as Robert Entman, a professor of media and public affairs and professor of international affairs at George Washington University. Other panelists include Jay Hamilton, the Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy and Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University, and David Paletz, a Duke professor of political science with research interests in the intersection of politics and media.

“Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature” is on view at the Nasher Museum of Art until May 16, 2010. The exhibition is organized by the Nasher Museum of Art, with guest curator Neil McWilliam, the Wlater H. Annenberg Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University.

Laura Pierce and Christina Martin are both junior Art History majors at Duke.

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