Signe Wilkinson gave the 2012 William Penn Lecture in the East Room of the Arch Street Meeting House on Saturday evening, March 31st.
Signe Wilkinson is an editorial cartoonist best known for her work at the Philadelphia Daily News. She is the first female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1992. She served as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists from 1994-1995. She is the author of two books of cartoons, One Nation, Under Surveillance (2005) and Abortion Cartoons on Demand (1992) and illustrated the FGC publication The Quaker Way (1998). Signe launched a new daily comic. “Penn’s Place” is set in Philadelphia, on a fictional city block, where main character Hannah Penn has recently moved.
Signe is a member of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting in Philadelphia. She is an active and outspoken Friend with concerns for outreach, supporting young adult Friends and humor. She is co-chair, with her husband Jon Landau, of the campaign committee for Chestnut Hill’s new meetinghouse project. Signe was instrumental in bringing the Quaker artist James Turrell into the design of the building which will include a Turrell skyspace in the meeting room. Signe is featured in the book Lives that Speak: Stories of Twentieth-Century Quakers which is a One Book One Yearly Meeting selection this year. For an entertaining biography and review of her cartoons, go to the Signe Wilkinson website.