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Pulitzer Prize-winning Editorial Cartoonist Jack Ohman to speak in Twin Falls, April 19

Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 4th Annual Magic Valley Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7 p.m., at the Canyon Crest Event Center in Twin Falls. Ohman will demonstrate over large screens how he interprets news of the day in his cartoons that appear in the editorial pages of more than 200 newspapers across the country.

Ohman’s talk is part of a statewide series of IHC Distinguished Humanities Lectures in 2018 exploring the theme “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” a special initiative supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Tickets for the dinner lecture are available by calling Jennifer Holley 208-571-6643. General tickets are $45, and Benefactor tickets are $75, Benefactor tickets offer an invitation to a pre-event reception with Ohman in a private location at 5 p.m. and preferred seating at the dinner and lecture. IHC always recommends reserving tickets early as the event often sells out. The evening will begin with a no-host reception at 6 p.m. at Canyon Crest Event Center. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with Ohman’s illustrated talk to follow. Seating is assigned in advance.

Born in 1960 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ohman at age 19 was the youngest editorial cartoonist ever nationally syndicated. He worked at The Columbus Dispatch, The Detroit Free Press, and The Oregonian before becoming the editorial cartoonist and Associate Editor of The Sacramento Bee in 2013. His cartoons are syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, Ohman won the Pulitzer in 2016. In addition to the Pulitzer, he has won virtually every major award in American journalism, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, the SDX Mark of Excellence Award, the National Headliner Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation Award, and two first place “Best of the West” Awards.

Ohman earned a B.A. in history from the Honors Program at Portland State University, and is the author of eleven books, four on the subject of fly fishing, including Fear of Fly Fishing, An Inconvenient Trout, Fly Fishing Bass-Ackwards, and Angler Management.  He has fished many rivers and trout streams throughout Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, and looks forward to coming back to Idaho. 

“Democracy and the Informed Citizen” is the theme for a national partnership initiative involving the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the Pulitzer Prize Committee to deepen public awareness and understanding of the vital connections between the humanities, journalism, and democracy, made possible in part by major Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants to the state humanities councils. The Twin Falls event is one of four Distinguished Humanities Lectures exploring this topic throughout 2018. Other lectures will take place in Idaho Falls, Boise, and Coeur d’Alene.

Since 2015, the IHC has brought top historians, journalists, and other prominent writers to Twin Falls for the annual Magic Valley Distinguished Lecture. Previous speakers in Twin Falls include popular novelist Jamie Ford (2015), prolific historian Douglas Brinkley (2016), and New York Times columnist and historian Timothy Egan (2017). 

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