Pulitzer Prize winner Joel Pett to give convocation address
Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett will come to Centre College from Sept. 17-19 as a Humana Visiting Scholar, participating in events that will include a convocation address at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 in Weisiger Theater. The address will count as a convocation credit for students and is free and open to the public.
In his address, “Drawing the Line: Cartooning an Absurd Political Universe,” Pett will discuss contemporary politics and other subjects, including the upcoming Vice Presidential Debate at Centre on Oct. 11.
Pett will visit with students, faculty, staff and the community from 4-5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Grissom Reading Room of the Grace Doherty Library. All are welcome to attend. He will also speak to several classes and talk to student groups on campus.
Pett has been the staff cartoonist for the Lexington-Herald Leader since 1984. He regularly contributes to USA Today and the Los Angeles times, and his work has been featured in such publications as the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time magazine and the Washington Post, among numerous others.
Along with winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2000, Pett has been a finalist for the award in 1989, 1998 and 2011. His many other awards include a 1999 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, four Global Media Awards and a regional Emmy for his television commentary. Pett has presented three international seminars about editorial cartoons to the U.S. State Department.
The Humana Visiting Scholar program was funded through a gift to Centre from the Humana Foundation, a philanthropic branch of healthcare corporation Humana Inc., based in Louisville.