#HumCitizen: Democracy and the Informed Citizen in the Land of Enchantment

Presented by:
New Mexico Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Museums, Other Subject: Art/Photography, Journalism, Performing Arts Audience: All, Colleges and Universities

The New Mexico Humanities Council will host a series of public programs that will examine the past, present, and future of newspapers, and the vital role they have played and may yet play in our society and democracy. Lectures, exhibits, a film series, and a Chautauqua performance will explore examples of how journalists and newspapers have informed citizens on important events and issues.

Programs will feature presentations on the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one-time New Mexico resident Ernie Pyle one of the greatest war correspondents in American history. Accompanied by a traveling exhibition on Pyle’s life and work in WWII, local historian B.G. Burr will impersonate Pyle in several communities in a Chautauqua performance. Th exhibition will run 8-weeks in each community.

FEBRUARY 2018

Ernie Pyle: A GI-Wise Gypsy (exhibition) – Albuquerque, NM – This exhibition features newspaper column excerpts and photographs from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ernie Pyle’s work and life. The exhibit runs from February 1 through March 30, 2018. On February 22 at 6:00 pm the council is hosting a reception and conversation with historians and editors of Ernie Pyle: Tributes to America’s Best Loved Newspaper Columnist, Baldwin G. Burr and Richard Melzer.

MAY 2018

A Conversation with Ernie Pyle Historians Baldwin G. Burr and Richard Melzer – Socorro, NM – Join historians Baldwin G. Burr and Richard Melzer for a reception and conversation on the life of newspaper columnist Ernie Pyle.

Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood (Film and Discussion Series), The Post – Albuquerque, NM – In May, the council will feature 2017 Academy Award-nominated film The Post and special guests Scott Armstrong, investigative reporter and former journalist for The Washington Post, and Megan Kamerick, freelance journalist and host of Morning Edition at KUNM, who will engage with the audience on topics including how journalism is represented within the film, what the role of journalism is in democratic societies and what the future of journalism looks like. Devin O’Leary, chief film critic at the Weekly Alibi, will serve as host for the event.

JUNE 2018

Ernie Pyle: A GI-Wise Gypsy Conversation Mountainair, NM –  Manzano Mountain Art Council will host Ernie Pyle: A GI-Wise Gypsy exhibition featuring newspaper column excerpts and photographs from Pulitzer Prize winner Ernie Pyle’s work and life. On Saturday, June 30, 2018, a reception and conversation with historians of Ernie Pyle: Tributes to America’s Best Loved Newspaper Columnist, Baldwin G. Burr and Richard Melzer will be offered to the public.

Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood (Film Discussion Series) featuring “Ace in the Hole” Albuquerque, NM – Part of the New Mexico Humanities Council’s “Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood” film series and discussion series hosted by Devin O’Leary, chief film critic at the Weekly Alibi, Ace in the Hole stars Kirk Douglas as an unscrupulous reporter stranded in New Mexico and who is willing to go to any lengths to get back to the “big time.” Panelists Gene Grant, KNME’s New Mexico in Focus Host and veteran journalist and Larry J. Calloway, veteran print journalist for the Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal will present following the film.

AUGUST 2018

Fake News! Journalism Goes to Hollywood: Film Discussion Series featuring the movie Spotlight – Albuquerque, NM – “Fake News… Journalism Goes to Hollywood” film and discussion series continues on August 19 at the KiMo Theatre with Academy Award winner for Best Picture, “Spotlight.” This film follows a team of investigative reporters from The Boston Globe who exposed a decades-long cover up of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests. Following the film, Weekly Alibi film critic Devin D. O’Leary will moderate a discussion on the movie’s themes and on the importance of good journalism in today’s society. Panelists will include award-winning journalism Erin Berkovitch and former state editor for the Albuquerque Journal Bruce Daniels. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.  

OCTOBER 2018

“The Roads Most Traveled: Causes and Consequences of Illegal Immigration” – Various locations, NM – Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Don Bartletti discusses the frequently misunderstood and politically charged topic of immigration.

“The Product of Mexico” – Las Cruces, NM – Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist Don Bartletti will give a talk titled “Product of Mexico” on Oct. 3 at New Mexico State University.

“Enrique’s Journey” – Albuquerque, NM – “Enrique’s Journey,” a photo exhibition by former LA Times photojournalist, Don Bartletti, documents Central American stowaways on Mexican freight trains

Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning Photojournalist Don Bartletti – Las Cruces, NM

“A Walk to Remember” – Albuquerque, NM

“La Prensa en Nuevo Mexico, Ancestor Words: The Spanish-Language Press in New Mexico” – Las Vegas, NV

“Personal Accounts of New Mexico Jews in Business and Community Life” – Las Cruces, NM

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