Senior Editor of MAD Magazine Comes to Susquehanna University
SELINSGROVE—The Ottaway–Daily Item Lectureship in Public Affairs will present “The Joy of Censorship” by Joe Raiola, senior editor of MAD magazine, on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Stretansky Concert Hall. The program is free and open to the public.
Raiola’s long-running, nationally acclaimed program takes a satiric look at America’s most hotly debated First Amendment issues, including the dramatic effect of 9/11 on free speech. Other “fair game” topics include arguments over banned books, movie ratings, the Federal Communications Commission, the Patriot Act, Internet filters, flag burning, indecency, the true meaning of obscenity and more.
Raiola also looks back on MAD’s unlikely and colorful history, from renegade publisher Williams Gaines’ historic showdown with the U.S. Senate over comic book censorship, to MAD’s emergence as a revolutionary satirical force. Audiences will be entertained by a slide show presentation of MAD’s most controversial and thought-provoking covers and articles.
Raiola began his comedy-writing career in 1984, when he teamed up with National Lampoon alumni for a series of classic magazine spoofs, including “Cosmoparody” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” A year later, he joined “the Usual Gang of Idiots” at MAD magazine, where he became one of the publication’s most prized contributors.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones