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“La Cucaracha” and Political Satire

“La Cucaracha” and Political Satire
Political cartoonist, satirist & television writer, Lalo Alcaraz 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
Alcaraz will present an illustrated lecture on his cartoons, work in political satire, and writing/producing in Hollywood.
Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” which is read in American newspapers nationwide, including the Los Angeles Times. Lalo’s comics are syndicated by Universal Uclick, home of “Doonesbury” and “The Boondocks.” Lalo produced editorial  cartoons for The LA Weekly from 1992-2010 and now creates  editorial cartoons in English and Spanish for Universal. Lalo’s books include Latino USA: A Cartoon History (2000 by Basic Books), and Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons On Immigration,(2004). Alcaraz also authored the first collection of his daily comic strips, “La Cucaracha.” (2004, Andrews-McMeel Publishing.) His upcoming book is Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States (2014 by Basic Books). Lalo taught editorial illustration at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles in 2013. Alcaraz was a writer and producer of “Bordertown,” the animated TV show on FOX, which
ran for one triumphant 13 episode season before being canceled. Lalo is also consultant on the upcoming 2017 Pixar film, COCO. Alcaraz was a segment producer on Al Madrigal’s (Daily Show) “Half Like Me” comedy special for Fusion/ABC. Lalo is also featured on the upcoming HBO Latino program “Habla y Vota” special along with George Lopez and Jorge Ramos.
Lalo Alcaraz has received five Southern California Journalism Awards for Best Cartoon in  Weekly Papers, and numerous other awards and honors.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies, and Spanish & Portuguese.

Posada Conference 2016: Mocking the Status Quo – Photos Recap

On Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, 2016, Dickinson College successfully hosted Posada Conference 2016: Mocking the Status Quo: Sociopolitical Humor and Satire in Latin America, a two-day conference sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Consortium, as well as Franklin & Marshall College and Gettysburg College. This international conference provided a forum to address the various and manifold developments in the fields of humor and politics in Latin America.

Posada Conference Poster


The Trout Gallery – the art museum at Dickinson College – has been presenting José Guadalupe Posada and the Broadside in Early Twentieth-Century Mexico since Oct. 28, 2016. For more information, visit The Trout Gallerie Exhibition Website here.


Conference Program

Friday, November 4th

5pm – Altar Offerings. Waidner-Spahr Library

6pm – Keynote Speaker. Althouse 106

Professor William Beezley, University of Arizona, “Laughter and Hope: Humor in Everyday Life in Mexico”


7pm – Reception. Weiss Center

7-9pm – Sugar Skull-Making Workshop.

Saturday, November 5th

8:30am Coffee – Althouse Lounge (first floor)

9:00am Panel #1 – Althouse 106

1. Gabriel Antúnez de Mayolo Kou, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Boogie, el “americano”: el uso de parámetros globales en la adaptación cinematográfica animada de la tira cómica Boogie, el aceitoso de Fontanarrosa”

2. Lloyd Anglin, Universidad Veritas: Costa Rica, “Humor gráfico en Costa Rica: identidad y otredad 1917-1948”

10:00am Break – Althouse Lounge (first floor)

10:15am Panel # 2 – Althouse 106

1. Jason A. Bartles, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, “El Gaucho Jodón: Mocking Nationalism in Juan Filloy’s Ochoa Family Saga”

2. Brian Bockelman, Ripon College, “‘Poor Palms’ and Petty Politicos: The Role and Forms of Satire in the Argentine Plaza Palms Crisis of 1883”

3. María del Pilar Aja Pérez, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, “Goya’s and Goitia’s Hanged Men: Ironic and Grotesque Sociopolitical Criticism at War Periods.”

11:30am Tour of Exhibit “José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press” – Trout Gallery (Weiss Center)

Trout Gallery Director and Associate Professor of Art History Phillip Earenfight

12:30pm Lunch and Student Poster Presentation. HUB

2:00pm Panel # 3 – Althouse 106

1. Ana Yolanda Contreras, United States Naval Academy, “Memes humorísticos, irreverencia y crítica sociopolítica contra los ex-mandatarios guatemaltecos”

2. Elizabeth Cooper, Gettysburg College, “Correa’s #CaricaturaCrackdown: Social Media, Satire, and Free Speech in Ecuador”

3. Michele Nascimento-Kettner, Montclair State University, “‘Rir para não Chorar’: Why Laughing Matters in Brazil’s Current Political Debates?

4. José Alfredo Contreras, University of Maryland, College Park, “Current Events and Culture as Laughing Matter in Hernández and Helguera’s Monosapiens”

3:20pm Break – Althouse Lounge (first floor)

3:35pm Panel # 4 – Althouse 106

1. Jacqueline Avila, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, “El espectáculo on Stage and Screen: Evocations of the teatro de revistas in cine mexicano”

2. Marina Fleites, Gettysburg College, “Pushing the Critical Limits in Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s La Muerte de un Burócrata (1966) and Guantanamera (1994)”

4:40pm Closing Reception