OVERVIEW: Nebraska Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Activities

Presented by:
Humanities Nebraska
Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Other Subject: Journalism Audience: All

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, Humanities Nebraska hosted a two-part event featuring four Pulitzer Prize winners.

SONIA NAZARIO: ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY & AMERICA’S IMMIGRATION DILEMMA – 21ST ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S LECTURE IN THE HUMANITIES (September 2016)

Humanities Nebraska, in partnership with the University of Nebraska and E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues, welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario at the 21st Annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities presenter. In her talk, Nazario delved inside the stories of millions of immigrant women, and their children. She detailed the “modern-day odyssey” that these children take to be reunited with their mothers in the US, which includes riding on top of freight trains through Mexico. During the lecture, Nazario, who spent three years riding on top to these trains to tell the story of one migrant named Enrique, shared the role determination played in her own life as well as in the lives of the migrants she wrote about. Focused on immigration, Nazario explained that the traditional approaches to the immigration issue haven’t worked and offered novel solutions to “one of America’s thorniest issues.” Nazario also reflected on how winning the Pulitzer Prize gave her a platform to discuss this issue and how its influenced her evolution as a journalist and an activist.

TAKING THE LEDE: PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING NEBRASKA JOURNALISTS (September 2016)

Humanities Nebraska hosted three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Omaha Press Club as part of a panel discussion on the importance of producing Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism. The three panelist included: Bill Frakes, member of the Miami Herald team that won a 1993 Pulitzer for its coverage of Hurricane Andrew; Doug Smith, who was part of the five-person Omaha Sun team that won at 1972 Pulitzer for investigative journalism on Boys Town; and Matt Waite, principal developer of PolitiFact.com, a website that fact-checks statements made by politicians and that became the first website to win a Pulitzer.

MAJOR PARTNERSHIPS:

  • E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues
  • University of Nebraska

PULITZER PRIZE PARTICIPANTS:

  • Bill Frakes, Public Service – Miami Herald team (1993)
  • Doug Smith, Investigative Journalism – Omaha Sun team (1972)
  • Matt Waite, National Reporting – PolitiFact.com (2009)
  • Sonia Nazario, Feature Writing (2003)

PROGRAM & EVENT LOCATIONS:

  • Omaha, NE