Satire and the Social Order
On Wednesday, March 7, Jack Larkin will speak on "David Claypoole Johnston and the Problem of Authority: Satire, Caricature and Social Order in Early Nineteenth-Century America" at the University of Connecticut. The talk is part of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Seminar series, presented in association with the history departments of Brown University, Clark University, and the University of Connecticut.
Larkin is a Research Fellow at the AAS, an Affiliate Professor of History at Clark University, and Chief Historian Emeritus at Old Sturbridge Village. Johnston, the subject of his talk, was the best-known and most widely "read" graphic artist in American before the Civil War. HIs work (cartoons and satirical essays) dealt with a remarkable variety of themes, including the street life of the American city, race and immigration, the predicament of the American artist, and freedom, authority, and democracy.
The event, which begins at 4:00 p.m. with a small reception in the Wood Hall Basement Lounge, will be followed by a dutch-treat dinner at a nearby restaurant. If you wish to attend the dinner, please RSVP to Nancy Comarella.
To view the event flyer, click here.