The founding editor of the satirical publication The Onion will speak at Duke University next week.
Scott Dikkers, who helped launch The Onion in print and then online at TheOnion.com, will appear at Page Auditorium on Sept. 21. The 4:30 p.m. event is open to the public. Tickets, available at the Page box office, are free but limited to two per person.
The Onion is one of the country’s best-known satirical publications. Dikkers has been its owner and editor-in-chief, on and off, for much of the past 25 years.
Dikkers co-wrote and edited the best-selling book “Our Dumb Century,” which chronicles history through the publication’s front pages. He also co-wrote and edited “Our Dumb World,” a world atlas parody.
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His appearance is sponsored by the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions and co-sponsored by Polis: the Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation, and Service; Duke Political Science; the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy; the Center for European Studies; Duke Political Union; Duke College Republicans and Duke Democrats.