Thursday, November 2, 2017

The AAEC 2017 Annual Convention

From the AAEC website.

Cartoon by Matt Davies

The 2017 Annual Convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, hosted by Matt Davies (Newsday) and AAEC President Ann Telnaes (Washinton Post) will be held November 1-4 at Hofstra University in Hempstead (Long Island), New York in conjonction with the Satire & the City: Political Cartoon & Satire Festival.

Thursday, November 2
Events will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room and Student Center Theater on campus.
Shuttle provided from the Marriott throughout the day.

8–9:00am — Breakfast for AAEC members

9–10:45am — Free speech in the era of Trump, social media, & safe spaces. Ann Telnaes
introduces morning session in the Multi-Purpose Room.
  • PART I: Ben Sargent moderates discussion looking back at 1988 Hustler v Falwell Supreme Court decision and its relevance to cartoonists today. Panelists: Rita Ciolli (Newsday), and Roslyn Mazer, the lawyer who represented the AAEC as "a friend of the Court." 
  • PART II: Kevin Siers leads discussion about safe spaces on campuses. Panelists: Signe Wilkinson, Steve Artley, and Dr. Sofia B. Pertuz, Dean of Students at Hofstra.
10:45–11am — Break

11am–Noon — Floyd Abrams on the First Amendment. Floyd Abrams, a leading authority on the First Amendment and U.S. Constitutional Law, and author of "The Soul of the First Amendment," will hold court in the Student Center Theater. Mr. Abrams will do a book signing afterwards.

Noon–2pm — Lunch break. AAEC members on their own

2–2:50pm — Illustrators panel. Moderator Anita Kunz with panelists Nora Krug and Ellen Weinstein

3–3:50pm — New Yorker cartoonists panel. Moderator: Liza Donnelly with panelists KimWarp, Chris Weyant, and Michael Maslin.

4–5pm — Editorial cartooning outside the traditional rectangular box. With Wiley Miller
("Non-Sequitur") and Matt Lubchansky from The Nib.

Evening Reception at the Library
Join Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson on the 10th floor of the Hofstra University Library as he entertains us with his particular brand of take no prisoners humor. Private event.


Friday, November 3
Events will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room and Student Center Theater on campus. 
Shuttle provided from the Marriott during the morning.

8:30–9:30am — Breakfast for AAEC members

9:30–10:45am — The Wicked Art of Caricature. In a lively and entertaining illustrated presentation, international award-winning cartoonist Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher (The Economist) will provide insight to the unique world of political cartoons and satire. Kal will discuss the mystery and the mastery of the wicked art of caricature, and will share stories of the joys and dangers of cartooning today.

10:45–11am — Break

11am–Noon — International cartoonists panel. Moderated by KAL.

AAEC Takes Manhattan
Buses leave directly from Hofstra University at noon.

1–4pm — Luncheon at the Society of Illustrators. The legendary editorial illustrator Edward Sorel is interviewed by Signe Wilkinson. Private event.
Society of Illustrators
128 E 63rd Street, New York, NY

4–6:30pm — Free Time in New York City. 
Buses pick up for return at Society of Illustrators


Saturday, November 4

Events will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room and Student Center Theater on campus. 
Shuttle provided from the Marriott throughout the day

10am–Noon — AAEC Business Meeting and Copyright Session. The annual membership meeting will be followed by a session on "Copyrights and How to Avoid Being Sued" with AAEC parliamentarian Scott Burns, board member Ed Hall, and Chip Bok, AAEC liaison to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Private event.

Noon–2pm — Lunch break. AAEC members on their own

2–3:30pm — An Afternoon with MAD magazine. Open to Hofstra University students and the public. Join us at the Student Center Theater for a session with the Usual Gang of Idiots from Mad magazine. Moderator: Sam Viviano, with panelists Executive Editor John Ficarra, Senior Editors Joe Raiola and Charlie Kadau, and legendary MAD cartoonist Al Jaffee.

AAEC Annual Banquet and Awards Presentation
University Club at Hofstra University. Private event.

6:30-7pm — Cocktails

7-9pm — Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Governor Andrew M Cuomo.
We'll be honoring the recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International "Courage in Cartooning Award," the winner of this year's John Locher Memoral Award, and name this year's recipient of the Ink Bottle Award. We will also be announcing the winner of the inaugural "Rex Babin Award for Local Cartooning." 


The AAEC is a professional association representing hundreds of political and editorial cartoonists in the United States, Canada, and abroad.

We work with international groups to call attention to oppression of cartoonists and journalists worldwide, and are actively involved in 1st Amendment and Free Speech issues.

The AAEC has an annual convention every fall to give members an opportunity to meet and debates the concerns of the industry, and invite the public to participate during its concurrent Satire Fest.

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