WATERTOWN — On Monday, November 5, there will be a St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club dinner meeting at the St. James Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center. The speaker will be writer, editor, political cartoonist, and book publicist Lucine Kasbarian.
In her presentation, Kasbarian will discuss the origins of political cartoons; the use of humor or sarcasm to diffuse difficult topics; how hot-button issues have been/are being raised by Armenian and non-Armenian cartoonists; and why she began cartooning. She will present illustrated excerpts of her works. She has been involved in book, magazine, newspaper and online publishing for more than 30 years.
Kasbarian was born into an Armenian family of teachers, musicians, writers, artists and activists and in which the arts, humor and politics shared equal stage. She has been involved in the New York-New Jersey Armenian community from an early age. She graduated from the New York University School of Journalism with minors in political science and studio art. She pursued graduate studies at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
As a cartoonist, her intention is to spotlight realities about the Armenian condition that do not receive adequate coverage in global media; and to drive her points home in absurd or paradoxical ways by drawing from history, popular culture and personal experience.
She will present illustrated excerpts of her works. Following questions and answers, she will sign copies of her new book, Perspectives from Exile, which will be available for purchase.
The program will start at 6:15 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.