(Do you want to bring Visual Trumpery to your city? Read how in my personal weblog.)

Hi, welcome to Visual Trumpery, a lecture tour that will take place between the Fall of 2017 and the end of 2018. My name is Alberto Cairo. You can learn more about me in my personal blog, and download a draft of the tour flyer here (PDF).

I foresee that, depending on your political leanings, your expectations for this lecture tour are diametrically opposed. If you are a liberal, you’re likely prepared to enjoy a tirade against right-wing politicians. If you are a conservative, I bet you’ll be ready to get outraged by an unhinged leftist ranter.

Sorry to disappoint you. The very title of my talk is an example of its content. It’s intended to trigger your ideological defenses and trick you into believing what is not so.

The English word “trumpery” means worthless nonsense, something that is showy and deceitful at the same time. Trumpery can occur in text, verbally, or visually. This non-partisan talk focuses on the visual, examining misleading charts, graphs, and data maps designed by individuals and organizations from across the political spectrum.

I’ll use these examples to equip you with a solid understanding of “graphicacy,” the term I use to refer to visual literacy. I believe a literate, numerate, and graphicate citizenry is the best antidote for a world where trumpery runs rampant.

Join me in the fight against it.

Here’s where you can attend a Visual Trumpery lecture:

May 23, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
MEXICO, DF (Mexico)
Universidad Metropolitana de Mexico, Unidad Cuajimalpa

June 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m
AMES, Iowa
Marston Hall, Room 2200. Iowa State University. Ames
See map
Register (free)

September 7, 2017
Details TBA


October 4, 2017
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October 13, 2017
ITHACA, New York (Cornell University)
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October 24, 2017
REDLANDS, California
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November 21, 2017
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December 1, 2017
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island
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December 6, 2017
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina
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June 9, 2017, 19:00 (7 p.m.)
Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació, AUDITORIO. Carrer Melcior de Palau, 140

August 31, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
ATLANTA, Georgia
Register through Meetup

Register through Eventbrite


September 8, 2017
Urban Institute, 5th Floor. 2100 M Street NW
Register here

October 12, 2017
Details TBA

October 23, 2017
BERKELEY, California
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November 9, 2017
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November 30, 2017
BOSTON, Massachusetts
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December 5, 2017
DAVIDSON, North Carolina
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December 7, 2017
DURHAM, North Carolina
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