Edi­to­rial car­toon­ists are accus­tomed to dealing with the enmity of pow­erful indi­vid­uals. But making Richard Nixon’s “ene­mies list,” as car­toonist Paul Conrad famously did in the 1970s, is dif­ferent in kind from Al Qaeda placing a $100,000 bounty on your head.

That is what hap­pened to a Swedish edi­to­rial car­toonist who, in 2007, depicted Muhammad with the body of a dog — and such reac­tions are growing more com­mon­place. As polit­ical and reli­gious con­flict has spread across cul­tures, edi­to­rial car­toons have become a flash­point for wide­spread outrage.

This week at North­eastern, a half dozen edi­to­rial car­toon­ists from around the world will advance their own per­spec­tive: that humor with a very sharp point should pro­voke dia­logue and not death threats, and lead to tol­er­ance and not repression.

Mem­bers of the inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion Car­tooning for Peace/​Dessins pour la Paix, will dis­cuss these and other ideas at “Car­tooning for Peace: A sym­po­sium on free expres­sion, respon­si­bility, and tol­er­ance,” at Blackman Audi­to­rium on Wednesday, April 14, from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. The public sym­po­sium, focusing on free speech and the power of car­toons to foster tol­er­ance, will include a lengthy question-​​and answer ses­sion with the audience.

The dis­tin­guished panel includes Plantu, the renowned edi­to­rial car­toonist for Le Monde and the weekly mag­a­zine L’ Express; Khalil Abu Arafeh, the edi­to­rial car­toonist for the leading Pales­tinian news­paper, Al-​​Quds; Daryl Cagle, the widely syn­di­cated edi­to­rial car­toonist for MSNBC​.com; Jeff Danziger, an edi­to­rial car­toonist with the New York Times syn­di­cate; Uri Fink, cre­ator of Zbeng!, Israel’s popular-​​culture comic, and author of the graphic novel, “Israel-​​Palestine: Between War and Peace”; and Daniel Wasserman, a Boston Globe edi­to­rial car­toonist since 1985.

(To view excerpts of Plantu from a United Nations con­fer­ence, please click here.)

North­eastern polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor William Miles will mod­erate the sym­po­sium, the cap­stone to three days of events on campus, including the formal opening Monday evening of “Car­tooning for Peace/​Dessins pour la Paix,” an exhibit of 86 edi­to­rial car­toons at Northeastern’s Gallery 360. The exhibit will be up through May 12.

Plantu and his fellow car­toon­ists will also engage with North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty in sched­uled class­room visits today and Tuesday.

While Car­tooning for Peace/​Dessins pour la Paix (CfP) has held exhi­bi­tions, sem­i­nars and sym­posia around the world since its founding more than three years ago, the events at North­eastern will mark only its second appear­ance in the United States. That is expected to change soon: The orga­ni­za­tion hopes to use its visit to Boston to announce the cre­ation of Car­tooning for Peace/​America.

CfP grew out of a United Nations sym­po­sium, “Unlearning Intol­er­ance,” held in October 2006 in reac­tion to the vio­lent outcry over car­toon depic­tions of the prophet Muhammad pub­lished in the Danish news­paper Jyllands-​​Posten. The Car­tooning for Peace Foun­da­tion was offi­cially estab­lished in Paris in May 2008, with former United Nations Secretary-​​General Kofi Annan as hon­orary pres­i­dent. Today, the orga­ni­za­tion includes more than 75 car­toon­ists on five continents.