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Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau to give free public lecture at IU

Nov. 1, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Cartoonist Garry Trudeau will speak on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Indiana Memorial Union's Alumni Hall at Indiana University Bloomington.

His topic is "Doonesbury in Time of War," and the talk is being presented as part of the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Themester 2011, "Making War, Making Peace." Trudeau's lecture, at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to all; there are no tickets required and seating is first-come, first-served.

Garry Trudeau was born in New York City in 1948 and was raised in Saranac Lake, N.Y. He attended Yale University, where he received his B.A. and an M.F.A. in graphic design.

Trudeau created "Doonesbury" while a student at Yale; it now appears in more than 1,100 daily and Sunday newspapers worldwide.

In addition to his comic strip work, Trudeau has worked in television and theater, including writing and co-directing A Doonesbury Special, (nominated for an Academy Award and winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival); writing book and lyrics for the Broadway musical Doonesbury; the off-Broadway musical Rap Master Ronnie; HBO's critically acclaimed Tanner '88 (winner of the gold medal for Best Television Series at the Cannes Television Festival) and the sequel series Tanner on Tanner, for the Sundance Channel.

Trudeau has also been a columnist for the New York Times op-ed page, and later a contributing essayist for Time magazine. He has received honorary degrees from Yale and 30 other universities and colleges, and has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In recognition of his work on wounded warriors, Trudeau has been presented with the Commander's Award for Public Service by the Department of Army, the Commander's Award from Disabled American Veterans, the President's Award for Excellence in the Arts from Vietnam Veterans of America, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a special citation from the Vet Centers. In 1975, he became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, traditionally awarded to editorial-page cartoonists.

Trudeau lives in New York City with his wife, the journalist Jane Pauley, a 1972 graduate of the IU College of Arts and Sciences and the 2010 recipient of the IU Department of Political Science's Distinguished Alumni Award. They have three grown children.

A reception in the IMU Solarium will follow Trudeau's talk at IU. All lecture attendees are invited to the reception, where Trudeau will sign copies of his books.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost are sponsoring Trudeau's visit and lecture. An exhibition of Trudeau's work will be on display in the IU Lilly Library through Nov. 14.