OVERVIEW: Idaho Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Activities

Presented by:
Idaho Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Other, Public Television Subject: History, Other, Varies Audience: All

In commemoration of the Pulitzer Centennial in 2016, the Idaho Humanities Council brought three Pulitzer Prize-winning historians to three regions of the state, including Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d’Alene for a series of lectures called “Distinguished Humanities Lectures and Dinners.”

Idaho Falls, March 17, 2016

Historian Fredrik Logevall, author of Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer for history spoke on his work and the Vietnam War.

Coeur d’Alene, September 8, 2016

Historian and biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of No Ordinary Time and 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner gave a lecture titled “Leadership Lessons From the White House”, about politics and the press. The day after her lecture,  Goodwin also met with 250 high school students in an on-stage Q & A format.

Boise, October 13, 2016

Historian Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer for biography spoke on his work, “America Then and Now: What History Tells Us about the Future.”

In addition to the lectures, Idaho Public Television recorded interviews with two of the three historians for IPTV’s weekly, prime time, half-hour Dialogue program, which was broadcast statewide. These interviews are also available for viewing here.


  • Idaho Public Television


  • Boise, ID
  • Idaho Falls, ID
  • Coeur D’Alene, ID


  • Fredrik Logevall, History (2013)
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, History (1995)
  • Jon Meacham, History (2009)

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