Bitter Laughter


Political Satire in Latin America Poster

Illustration by Flavia Romani for ViceVersa Magazine

"Bitter Laughter" a free, public conference about political satire and press freedom in Latin America will feature some of the region's best political cartoonists as well as two keynote speakers to present the history of Latin American political satire and its current form. The conference will be in English and in Spanish, with English supertitles as needed.


Keynote Speakers

  • Enrique del Risco (Cuba) -- writer and academic from New York University from Cuba,
  • Elisa Tótaro (Venezuela) -- director and co-founder of Equipo70, a political and Institutional communications firm

This event is co-sponsored by ViceVersa Magazinea weekly online publication showcasing the talent and achievements of Hispanics in the United States, and by the Dept. of Continuing Education and Public Programs of The Cooper Union.

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