(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
MEXICO, DF (Mexico)
Universidad Metropolitana de Mexico, Unidad Cuajimalpa

August 31, 2017, 7:00 p.m
ATLANTA, Georgia
Marcus Nanotechnology Building
345 Ferst Drive Northwest

October 13, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
ITHACA, New York
(Cornell University)
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium
Klarman Hall
232 East Ave.

October 24, 2017
REDLANDS, California
Details TBA

November 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Hughes Trigg Student Center (HTSC) Theater
SMU Main Campus
3140 Dyer Street
Sign up through Meetup
November 21, 2017
Details TBA

February 9, 2017
Penn State U., Pennsylvania
Details TBA

February 16, 2017
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Department of Computer Science
Bryn Mawr College
Details TBA

FALL 2018
DAVIDSON, North Carolina
Details TBA

FALL 2018
DURHAM, North Carolina
Details TBA

FALL 2018
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina
Details TBA

June 9, 2017
Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació, AUDITORIO. Carrer Melcior de Palau, 140

October 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) | 2730 Southwest Moody Avenue | Room 3A003A
Register through Eventbrite

October 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
The New School
66 West 12th St. Lobby
Sign up through Eventbrite or Meetup

October 23, 2017
BERKELEY, California
Details TBA

November 30, 2017
BOSTON, Massachusetts
Details TBA

December 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island
AS220 Main Stage

115 Empire Street
Register through Eventbrite


Spring 2017
AMES, Iowa
Iowa State University

Details TBA