Cartoonist McGruder to speak at UWM’s Distinguished Lecture Series

 Aaron McGruder

Aaron McGruder

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Distinguished Lecture Series presents “An Evening with Aaron McGruder, creator of ‘The Boondocks,’” on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room.

“The comic strip that was often too much for newspapers has become the show that’s too much for cable television,” says a description of McGruder’s creation. During the lecture, McGruder will present the tumultuous history of “The Boondocks,” past and present. From the 9/11 comic strips banned in New York to the BET episodes banned from the air this year, McGruder discusses the politics, themes and characters that have so often landed him in hot water for a decade.

Fans of the show will have a rare opportunity to talk directly with McGruder about his creative process and the world-view that informs it, as well as get a sneak peek at McGruder’s upcoming projects.

A sign language interpreter will be provided. A reception follows the lecture. For more information, call 414-229-3111. The Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by Union Programming and Union Sociocultural Programming, with other partners. The lecture is part of UWM’s celebration of African American History and Liberation Month.

Advance tickets are $5/UWM students; $8/non-UWM students; $10/UWM faculty, staff and alumni; $12/general public. Tickets may be purchased at the UWM Bookstore or by calling 414-229-4201 or 800-662-5668. Tickets at the door are $8/all students with ID; $12/UWM faculty, staff and alumni; $14/general public.