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Feiffer inaugurates the Stephen Ostrow Distinguished Visitor in the Visual Arts program

Jules Feiffer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning and an award-winning playwright, will deliver two lectures in September as Reed College's first Stephen Ostrow Distinguished Visitor in the Visual Arts.

Feiffer will speak on the relation of word and image in his work in the first lecture, "Love and Politics: The First 40 Years," which will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 in Reed's Vollum Lecture Hall.

At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25 in the psychology auditorium, Feiffer will discuss "Cartooning and Dissent."

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

"Feiffer," the weekly cartoon strip by Jules Feiffer, first appeared in New York's Village Voice in 1956 and is now syndicated in over 100 newspapers nationwide. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1986. "For nearly four decades Jules Feiffer's cartoon strips have dependably given us an ironic afterword for whatever issue or personality is in the news. . . . he can still bring some heat and unpredictability to turbulent issues," wrote Lawrence Christon in the Los Angeles Times in 1993. Other awards Feiffer has won for his cartooning are a special George Polk Memorial Award in 1962, a Newspaper Guild Page One Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and a Capital Press Club Award.

Although cartooning is his primary medium for his political and social commentary, Feiffer has written several successful plays, screenplays, and books. His plays--Little Murders, Grown-Ups, Knock Knock, and Eliot Loves--have brought him critical acclaim, including an Obie and two Outer Critics Circle Awards. He wrote the screenplay for the films Carnal Knowledge, Popeye, and I Want to Go Home, winner of the Venice Film Festival's Best Screenplay award. He won the Academy Award for his animated feature Munro in 1961. Feiffer has also published 16 collections of cartoons, one cartoon novel, and two novels. PBS produced and aired an hour-long television biography called "Feiffer's America," and two of Feiffer's plays have been adapted for television.

The Stephen Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts was established by a generous 1988 gift to Reed from longtime friends of the college Edward and Sue Cooley and John and Betty Gray in support of art history and its place in the humanities. The intent of the program is to bring to campus creative people who are distinguished in connection with the visual arts and who will provide "a forum for conceptual exploration, challenge, and discovery." The program is named in honor of Stephen Ostrow as a tribute to his career and out of respect for his advisory role in the formulation of the Cooley-Gray gift and the design of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. Ostrow is the chief of the prints and drawings division of the Library of Congress.