Public Events

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 from 6-7pm, please join us for what promises to be a highly energetic conversation between cartoonists Phil Hands and Leigh Rubin discussing Clubb, Messner, and their own cartoons in relation to the evolution of the editorial cartoon.  

This event was taped and can be viewed on YouTube: "The Evolution of the Editorial Cartoon," RIT Libraries. 1:02:26.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 from 12-1pm, "Analyze This! Live Textual Analysis of Editorial Cartoons on Women Voters and the 19th Amendment." RIT faculty member Hinda Mandell will lead attendees through how to do analyze the sometimes difficult to decode editorial cartoons specifically relating to women voters and the 19th Amendment of John Scott Clubb.  

This event was not taped but you can access a brief summary here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 6:30-7:30pm
The Timeless Cultural Iconography of Graphic Medicine

What happens at the intersection of art and public health? How can historical cartoons inspire new artistic interpretations and creations today?  Join NYC-based artist and educator, Kriota Willberg, as she provides an overview of graphic medicine and the RIT workshop she led during Fall 2020, “Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic.”  Highlighting the collaboration with RIT Archives and the use of historic cartoons from the digital exhibit, “Epidemics, Economics, and Elections:  The editorial cartoons of John Scott Clubb and Elmer Messner,”  Willberg will showcase RIT students’ work from this unique course that will be offered again in Fall 2021.  Her presentation will be followed by a lively Q&A and discussion.

Registration is required.

Interpretation services available upon request.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 12-1pm
Reading Between the Lines: An economic unpacking of John Scott Clubb's and Elmer Messner's cartoons

Cartoonists pack information so densely into their drawings that modern-day readers may find deciphering older cartoons difficult – if not impossible. Join us on Wednesday, April 7th from 12-1pm as RIT Economics Department Chair and faculty member, Dr. Javier Espinosa, decodes cartoons by John Scott Clubb and Elmer Messner by contextualizing the economic issues of the times and how they relate to the economic issues we face today.

This talk is presented in connection with the digital exhibit, “Epidemics, Economics, and Elections:  The editorial cartoons of John Scott Clubb and Elmer Messner.”

A link to the Zoom event will be emailed just prior to the event.

Interpreting services are available by request at

The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Public Events