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"The Role of the Editorial Cartoonist in Social Change"
Phil Hands is the editorial cartoonist for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. He is the only cartoonist on the staff of a newspaper in Wisconsin. Phil will talk to us about his work and how he advocates for public policy changes through his editorial cartoons. We'll see some examples of his work, discuss the issues portrayed, and learn about the creative process used to convey political OPINION through words and drawings. He will also answer your questions.
Phil is a fierce political moderate whose cartoons attack the extremists on both the left and the right. He learned long ago that no political party has a monopoly on bad ideas.
His cartoons have appeared in publications like USA Today, Newsweek, Time and The Washington Post. Phil has won a number of state awards for editorial cartooning and was the 2012 recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with circulation under 100,000.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Phil grew up in the Detroit area before moving to Wisconsin in 2005. He is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Phil lives in Madison with his very understanding wife, Tricia, and two adorable children, Owen and Claire. In his spare time he enjoys drinking coffee, eating cheese and being cold.