Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 4thAnnual 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, with vital local support from D.L. Evans Bank, Glanbia, the College of Southern Idaho, the Times News, Idaho Public Television, and more.
Tickets for the dinner lecture are available by clicking HERE or by calling the IHC toll free at 888-345-5346. 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. Ohman’s books will be available from Barnes and Noble onsite, and he’ll be available for signing afterwards.
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.
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).