The third Roy H. Park Lecture Series brought satirist Doug Marlette to Carroll Hall, where he spoke to an audience of about 200 people. Marlette is best known for his syndicated comic strip "Kudzu" and his political cartoons that are printed in hundreds of newspapers.
Marlette kept the mood in the lecture hall lively with a slide show displaying several strips of "Kudzu" and numerous examples of his political cartoons.
"The thing that was attractive to me about political cartoons is that you can express something without saying anything," Marlette said.
One of the best examples of this is the shuttle Challenger's explosion in 1986. Marlette created a cartoon for a special afternoon edition of The Charlotte Observer that featured a bald eagle looking toward a star-filled sky with a tear coming from its eye. The paper had to print 70,000 copies of that one cartoon to fill special requests.
Marlette also draws cartoons about topics such as sports, the death penalty, prescription drugs and politics. He said there are several politicians that he enjoys drawing frequently, such as Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., whom he has depicted as a pickle, a gallstone and "all kinds of lower life-forms."