OVERVIEW: Pennsylvania Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Activities

Presented by:
Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Other Subject: Art/Photography, Cross-Cultural Understanding, History, Journalism, Other, Performing Arts, Varies Audience: All

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council conducted five separate events, including creating and hosting a website documenting the rich and varied lives and works of Pennsylvania-related Pulitzer Prize winners and creating a series of panel discussions and lectures featuring Pulitzer Prize winners.

100 YEARS OF PULITZER WEBSITE

Explore the rich and varied lives and works of the Keystone State’s Pulitzer Prize winners with this website, launched by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council in partnership with Philadelphia Media Network – owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com. Presented on the website are winners who are either native to Pennsylvania or whose work was accomplished while living in the state.

GROUND | BREAKING NEWS: A CELEBRATION OF THE PULITZER PRIZE CENTENNIAL

In partnership with Philadelphia Media Network, the council presented a panel discussion that explored why journalism is vital to a strong democracy at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The panel featured Philadelphia Inquirer editor William Marimow and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists: Tom Gralish (Feature Photography), Barbara Laker (Investigative Reporting), Sue Snyder (Public Service), and Jim Steele (National Reporting). Conversation centered on how the humanities, including journalism, inspire critical thinking, inform citizens, and build a better world for the next generation. 103 people attended this event.

AUGUST WILSON IN PITTSBURGH: BIRTHRIGHT AND BURDEN

In partnership with the Humanities Center and Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh, the council hosted an event at Pitt’s Frick Fine Arts Auditorium to celebrate two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. The conversation on Wilson’s life and work was moderated by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette senior theater critic Christopher Rawson and columnist Tony Norman. Over 60 people attended this event. Panelists included:

  • Eugene Lee, a playwright and actor who has played Wilson on stage in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Boston and on Broadway
  • Laurence Glasco, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, who is writing the first serious biography of Wilson
  • Vanessa German, an actress and artist who has performed in Wilson’s plays

MICHAEL CHABON IN CONVERSATION

December 2016, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon spoke with Dan Kubis, assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center and host of Pitt’s “Being Human” podcast, in front of a live audience at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. Chabon also read excerpts from his most recent novel, Moonglow, and signed copies. Chabon graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 with a BA in English Literature. Shortly after, his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh was released (1988) and became a New York Times bestseller. Chabon also authored Wonder Boys, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Telegraph Avenue and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. More than 900 attended the event.

JULIA WOLFE HONORED IN PENN STATE’S CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTATION

The council continued the Pulitzer Centennial celebrations into 2017. On March 30, 2017, MacArthur Fellow Julia Wolfe was at Penn State’s University Park campus in conjunction with the Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of her Pulitzer Prize-winning composition Anthracite Fields.

MAJOR PARTNERSHIPS:

  • University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center
  • The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
  • The Year of the Humanities at the University
  • The University of Pittsburgh Department of English
  • Philadelphia Media Network
  • Penn State University Park Campus

PULITZER PRIZE PARTICIPANTS:

  • Michael Chabon, Fiction (2001)
  • Tom Gralish, Feature Photography (1986)
  • Barbara Laker, Investigative Reporting (2010)
  • Sue Snyder, Public Service (2012)
  • Jim Steele, National Reporting (1975 & 1989)
  • Julia Wolfe, Music (2016)

PROGRAM & EVENT LOCATIONS:

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • State College, PA

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