Foundation Scholar Alex Robins


The Chicago Chapter sponsored Alex Robins for a circumnavigation in 2006. His research topic was "Political cartoons and their influence on international political culture".

Cartoons criticize, analyze, and shape political dialogues worldwide. His project will document how political cartoons shape public political discourse both nationally and internationally. The project will collect, contextualize, and conceptualize cartoons from around the world. In each country Alex will collect print media, observe and interview cartoonists and other key individuals. His goal is to produce a unique account of political discourse and visual culture as well to amass a collection of currently undocumented art.

Alex Robins Marabu Alex and the famous Hungarian cartoonist Marabu are holding the Circumnavigator Club flag outside the train station in Budapest, which was designed by the iconic French engineer Eiffel.
Read Alex's dispatches. The Northwestern NewsCenter interviewed him when he returned.


Background on Alex Robins


Alex Robins grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota where he attended Northfield High School. Even though there were far more cornfields than art museums he has always been fascinated by art.

He is currently at Northwestern University, double majoring in Studio Art and Philosophy, where there are far more museums than cornfields. He has for a number of years been the staff cartoonist for the Daily Northwestern. He has had formal work shown in galleries in Minnesota, Chicago, and recently Sarajevo.

Alex is a member of two experimental music ensembles and a group that produces short comedic films. Alex has also written and directed several plays and performance art pieces on campus and around Chicago.

He hopes the research he is doing for the Circumnavigators Club will help document a poorly understood art (the international political cartoon) and to inform his own creative endeavors in the future.


Itinerary of Circumnavigation in 2006


Alex Robins will visit 11 countries on 4 continents on his 100-day circumnavigation: England, Poland, Hungary, Serbia Montenegro, Bulgaria, Turkey, South Africa, Tanzania, India, Thailand, and Korea.

  • June 10 - Depart Chicago
  • June 11-14 - England (London)
  • June 15-21 - Poland (Warsaw/Krakow)
  • June 22-24 - Hungary (Budapest)
  • June 25-30 - Serbia Montenegro (Belgrade/Podgorica)
  • July 1-3 - Bulgaria (Sofia)
  • July 4-18 - Turkey (Istanbul/Izmir/Ankara)
  • July 19-31 - South Africa (Johannesburg/Durban)
  • August 1-15 Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam/Arusha)
  • August 16-31 India (Bombay/Dehli)
  • September 1-7 - Thailand (Bangkok)
  • September 8-14 - Korea (Seoul)
  • September 15 - Return to Chicago

Alex Robins After His Circumnavigation

Here is a link to a blog that Alex put up while doing Northwestern-funded research in the summer of 2007 in France on the philosopher Foucault.