Known for her acute observations on cultural and political issues, Liza Donnelly’s cartoons have been appearing in The New Yorker magazine for over three decades. In Donnelly’s view, humor is serious business, helping us laugh at our failings, and working to make changes in ourselves and the world. Donnelly is an author of fifteen books, columnist for, and a cartoonist for Women’s Enews, among other places. She travels the world as a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, speaking about women’s rights and freedom of speech, and she delivered a very popular TED talk in 2010 She is the founder of, a site that promotes international cartoonists and their work, and is a member of Cartooning For Peace, PEN and the Writer’s Guild. She is at work on a screenplay based on being a woman cartoonist. Her new book, Women On Men, will be published this fall.

Supported by the Institute for Humanities, Women’s Studies, IRWG and River Gallery.

This lecture is part of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Distinguished Speaker Series. Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger at the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor communities.
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