(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:


January 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
MICA Brown Center
Falvey Hall
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
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January 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Washington DC
Urban Institute, 5th Floor
2100 M Street NW
Sign up here

February 9, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Penn State U., Pennsylvania
Center for Humanities and Information
Details TBA

February 16, 2018
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Department of Computer Science
Bryn Mawr College
Details TBA

March 30, 2018
Details TBA

May 3, 2018
Los Gatos/San Jose, California
Details TBA

May 14, 2018
Details TBA

To be announced in the future: Miami (FL), Chicago (IL), Auckland (NZ), London (UK), and some cities in Canada, Poland, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Chile, etc.




October 25, 2017, 4 P.M.
BERKELEY, California
202 South Hall

October 24, 2017, 5:30 PM

REDLANDS, California
University of Redlands

Casa Loma Room
1200 East Colton Ave

May 23, 2017
MEXICO, DF (Mexico)

Universidad Metropolitana de Mexico, Unidad Cuajimalpa

June 9, 2017
Universitat de Barcelona,
Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació

August 31, 2017
ATLANTA, Georgia

Marcus Nanotechnology Building
345/ Ferst Drive Northwest

October 4, 2017

OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) | 2730 Southwest Moody Avenue | Room 3A003A

October 12, 2017

The New School

66 West 12th St. 

October 13, 2017
ITHACA, New York

(Cornell University)

Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium
Klarman Hall

232 East Ave

November 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Hughes Trigg Student Center (HTSC) Theater

SMU Main Campus
3140 Dyer Street
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November 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Université du Luxembourg / Campus Limpertsberg, Bâtiment des Sciences

Lecture Hall BS0.03
162A, Avenue de la Faïencerie
L-1511 Luxembourg

November 30, 2017 6:00 PM

BOSTON, Massachusetts
Northeastern University
20 West Village F

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December 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island
AS220 Main Stage

115 Empire Street
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