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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Stephen Norris on “Communism’s Cartoonist - Boris Efimov and Soviet Political Caricatures"

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Bark Room (Orientation Room), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 2 West 13th Street, Room M101, New York, NY 10011

Boris Efimov (1900-2008) was the most prolific Soviet propagandist.  Over the course of his astonishing career, which spanned the entirety of the Soviet experiment, he estimated that he published 35,000 cartoons in publications such as Izvestiia, Krokodil, and Ogonek. Efimov’s cartoons allow us a chance to see consistent themes, figures, and mentalities within Soviet culture from beginning to end.

Stephen Norris is Professor of History and Interim Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.  His research focuses on Russian visual culture and propaganda.  He is the author of two books:  A War of Images:  Russian Popular Prints, Wartime Culture, and National Identity, 1812-1945 (2006) and Blockbuster History in the New Russia:  Movies, Memory, Patriotism (2012).  He is currently writing a biography of Boris Efimov.

Presented by The New School's Parsons School of Design. 

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