Release date: updated Feb. 21, 2008

Editorial Cartoonist From Kenya to Visit Emory University

Contact Alma Freeman: 404-727-4060, alma.freeman@emory.edu
Contact Beverly Clark: 404-712-8780, beverly.clark@emory.edu

From Feb. 22-28, Nairobi-based, award-winning editorial cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa "Gado" will visit Emory University to address the current conflict in Kenya, the role of an editorial cartoonist during a time of crisis, and the power cartoons can have to inform and affect change. Gado will deliver a public lecture "Cartooning in Conflict: Can Cartoons Help Bring Peace to the Political Crisis in Kenya" on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 4:15 p.m. in White Hall 207 at Emory. While on campus, Gado will also participate in small group discussions and class visits hosted by Emory professors.

Since Kenya erupted in violence in December 2007 over disputed presidential elections, more than 1,000 people have been killed and 300,000 displaced. Once considered a beacon of progress and democracy in the region, Kenya is now struggling to find a peaceful resolution to a spiraling crisis.

Born in Tanzania, Gado stands as the most syndicated editorial cartoonist in East and Central Africa. His work explores a wide range of topics from terrorism and deforestation to HIV/AIDS and corruption. A regular contributor to the Daily Nation (Kenya), New African (U.K.), Courier International (France), Business Day (South Africa) and Sunday Tribune (South Africa), his work also has been published in Le Monde, Washington Times, Der Standard and Japan Times.

"By seeing cartoons that strongly criticize the government, officials and politicians, the public can take the cue from the artist to go even farther and create a debate on issues," Gado said during the inaugural "Cartooning for Peace" seminar held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2006.

Sponsored by The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, Gado's visit is a continuation of the "Cartooning for Peace" forum held at Emory in November 2007. The week-long event featured 10 acclaimed cartoonists from around the world for a series of public panels, class visits and public lectures.

"Cartooning for Peace" was launched in October 2006 with a seminar featuring opening remarks by then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and an exhibition of cartoons, co-sponsored by The Halle Institute, at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. "Cartooning for Peace" at Emory includes selections from the original traveling exhibition unveiled at the UN, as well as an expanded version that features more than 100 new cartoons and drawings by the visiting cartoonists on display at the Schatten Gallery through Feb. 27. The collection represents a wide range of issues such as peace, conflict, leadership and the environment. The exhibition also includes cartoons related to important global health issues as a result of the enormous concentration of expertise at Emory and Atlanta in this field.

EDITORS: Images are available on request.

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The Halle Institute is Emory University's premier venue for visits by heads of state, distinguished policymakers, and public intellectuals. Established in 1997 with a gift from Claus M. Halle, the Institute brings distinguished visitors into dialogue with the Emory and Atlanta community and provides a forum for research and expert meetings on issues of global importance. For more information on The Halle Institute, visit http://www.halleinstitute.emory.edu>www.halleinstitute.emory.edu or call 404-727-7504.

Emory University (www.emory.edu) is one of the nationís leading private research universities and a member of the Association of American Universities. Known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate college of arts and sciences, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities, Emory is ranked as one of the country's top 20 national universities by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to its nine schools, the university encompasses The Carter Center, Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Healthcare, the state's largest and most comprehensive health care system.

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