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Kevin "Kal" Kallaugher, editorial cartoonist for The Economist, is artist-in-residence at UMBC's Imaging Research Center. There he leads the popular USDemocrazy project, helping students explore and explain the US political system (see www.usdemocrazy.net/about/mission-video/). His work for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun has appeared in over 100 publications worldwide, including Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Pravda, Krokodil, Daily Yomiuri, The Australian, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post.

 

“My job is not to make people laugh. It’s to make people think,” Kallaugher says. “You’re trying to further the political discourse using a tool which is accessible to the masses.” His drawings have been exhibited at the Tate Gallery, Library of Congress, Cartoon Art Museum and Walter's Art Museum, which curated "Worth a Thousand Words: A Picture of Contemporary Political Satire" and "Mightier than The Sword: The Satirical Pen of KAL."

 

Photo courtesy TEDxWarwick 2011.

Having long been a fan of TED, but equally long realising the chances of visiting a TED event are slim, the next best thing was to attend Europe's first ever TEDx event. I went with my son Matt as the talks were right up his street - plenty of physics, computing and science goodness. The standard of the talks was high, particularly Jay Lakhani talking about how Hinduism can help us understand quantum physics, Francois Grey talking about citizen cyberscience, and Tom Atlee talking about wise democracy. The whole event was organised entirely by students, so well done the organisers!

TEDxWarwick 2010

 

- Wristband tickets and pens!

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