Ed Stein Presents Political Cartooning in the Age of Gridlock
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Ed Stein Presents Political Cartooning in the Age of Gridlock

Award-Winning Cartoonist Will Provide Insight into His Art and Philosophy

Redlands, California — May 04, 2010 — Syndicated editorial cartoonist Ed Stein will speak in Redlands on the art of using political cartoons to comment on social and political issues. The event is hosted by the Redlands Forum, the cultural program that was formerly known as the Town & Gown Cultural Series, and is sponsored by ESRI and the University of Redlands. Stein's presentation will take place at the ESRI Conference Center, 380 New York Street, on Wednesday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Stein has a talent for using humor to illuminate the serious business of politics; his editorial cartoons appeared in the Denver, Colorado, Rocky Mountain News for more than 25 years. The title of his upcoming talk, An Uncivil Conversation: Editorial Cartooning in the Age of Gridlock, refers to frustration with what he calls "the declining level of the civil discourse" in the United States. Stein states, "Although political cartoonists exaggerate the worst human characteristics and show irreverent disregard for the nuances of the issues, in this talk, I will explore how I go about the improbable task of creating cartoons that speak to our better angels without sacrificing their anger or their humor."

Stein also created Denver Square, a cartoon strip about life in Denver that ran for many years. Now, after the recent demise of the Rocky Mountain News, his political commentaries continue to stimulate lively debate through United Media syndication and through his Internet blog at http://edsteinink.com. Recognition for his talent includes the John Fischetti Award in 2006 and the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Editorial Cartooning in 1999.

"Since the start of the cultural series in November 2009, we have been pleased with the enthusiastic audience response," says Shelli Stockton, ESRI industry manager and Redlands Forum coordinator. "The series is still sponsored by ESRI and the University of Redlands through the university's Town & Gown organization. Its new name, Redlands Forum, was chosen to better reflect the purpose of providing opportunities for people to interact with one another and learn through cultural and educational presentations." Future Redlands Forum events include presentations by William Brown, Ph.D., president and CEO of environmental research organization Woods Hole Research Center, on Wednesday, May 19, 2010; and Pete Dangermond, president of The Dangermond Group, on Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

Admission is free. To guarantee seating, attendees should register for the event via the Internet at www.esri.com/culturalseries or by calling 909-748-8011.

About University of Redlands Town & Gown

The Town & Gown organization strives to promote a positive relationship between the university ("gown") and the Inland Empire area ("town"), provides scholarships to qualified area students, and showcases the cultural and entertainment activities on campus. Town & Gown membership, which costs $30 annually per household, provides access to specific events as well as a variety of other arts and cultural events on campus. To join, contact the university's Alumni Relations office at 909-748-8011.



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