April 21, 2024

Toujours la Différence: Why French and American Satirical Cartoonists Are Different. Are Pictures Multilingual?


The horrific attacks on journalists at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo have underlined differences in the French and American approach to satire. While defending the right to freedom of expression, many American media declined to publish cartoons from the French magazine that mocked the prophet Mohammed.

Join the OPC Feb. 12 for a discussion on how the French and Americans views of deliberately offensive humor vary and why, and whether there should be limits on satirical cartoons and writing.

Panelists are: Signe Wilkinson of the Philadelphia Daily News, a three-time winner of the OPC’s Thomas Nast award for best cartoons on international affairs and the first female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning; Guénola Pellen, editor-in-chief of France-Amérique; Felipe Galindo, aka FEGGO, a Mexican cartoonist working in the U.S. and published in The New Yorker, The New York Times and many others; Asra Nomani, A Muslim feminist author, former Wall Street Journal reporter and the author of Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.

Moderating the discussion is Jacqueline Albert-Simon, U.S. Bureau Chief for Politique Internationale and a governor of the OPC.

The program begins at 6:30 pm. Stop by for a reception at 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by emailing patricia@opcofamerica.org or calling the OPC at 212 626-9220.