ARCHIVED: North Carolina Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Activities

Presented by:
North Carolina Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Museums, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Art/Photography, History, Journalism, Other, Performing Arts, Varies Audience: All

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the North Carolina Humanities Council launched, “Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words,” a celebration of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, literature, and drama and how they have influenced the world. As part of the initiative, the council partnered with a series of organizations across the state to create this multifaceted public program.

In total, 28 events engaged more than 9,000 people and in-person events were held in eight North Carolina counties, attracting audiences from a total of 51 counties across the state. Via social media and other publicity methods, more than 3.5 million people were reached with increases of almost 500 new NC Humanities Facebook followers (a 67 percent increase) and more than 100 followers on its Twitter channel.


Public presentations explored how Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism shapes the agenda for community conversation. This component provided the intellectual foundation for broad social media and educational outreach to deepen and inspire the public’s engagement with, and understanding of, the value of writing and journalism. Within this component, the council hosted six moderated conversations between Pulitzer Prize winners, scholars, and live and online audiences; two receptions; a gallery exhibit supported by discussion guides; documentary films; and a keynote presentation on Technology, Disruption, and the Future of News Literacy. Presenting collaborators include The Charlotte Observer, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), Johnson C. Smith University, The Knight School of Communications at Queens, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).

  • Old South/New South through Media Evening Keynote and Q&A: Technology, Disruption and the Future of News Literacy
  • Old South/New South through Media VIP Reception
  • Old South/New South through Media Panel Discussion
  • Old South/New South through Media Gallery Exhibit
  • The Future of the News
  • Bringing News to Light: Prize-Winning Investigative Reporting
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Prize-Winning Editorial Cartooning
  • Bathroom Banter


Diverse calendar of events developed in collaboration with high-profile organizations across the state, serving 22 counties in eight months and projected to reach 5,000+ attendees. Presenting collaborators included AMY Regional Library System, Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Craven Arts Council and Gallery, East Carolina University, Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series, Library Directors of Western NC, Parkway Playhouse and Paul Green Foundation.

  • Pulitzer-Worthy Ekphrastic (Art-Inspired) Poetry
  • Ayad Akhtar at East Carolina University
  • Faith in Literature: A Festival of Contemporary Writers of the Spirit – Isabel Wilkerson and Krista Tippett
  • You Can’t Take It With You
  • Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Pulitzer Keynote
  • Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors: Author Reading Featuring Alan Taylor
  • Influencing a New Generation: A Conversation with Christopher Hart on Why the Arts and Humanities Matter
  • An Interview with Paul Muldoon
  • An Evening with Paul Muldoon
  • Summer Reading Program Kickoff Event
  • Hell’s Hot Breath: Galway Kinnell at Black Mountain College – Movie Screening and Discussion with Laura Hope-Gill
  • A Study of Paul Green’s Pulitzer Prize in Drama: In Abraham’s Bosom


Educators across the globe have access to Pulitzer materials via a digital summer reading program and online education components designed by the National Humanities Center. Materials included videos, interactive activities, audio, documents, and two webinars to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. The resources are designed to align to Common Core and national standards and were promoted by all “Pulitzer NC” partners.

  • Teaching Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Webinar by Andrew Sofer, Professor of English, Boston College
  • The Poetry of Rita Dove Webinar with Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English, University of Virginia


“Pulitzer NC” website is the hub for all Pulitzer digital media and communications, including texts, videos, images, memes, vines, and audio files created by students and collaborators. It also includes links and uploads; interactive components; information on presenting Pulitzer winners, scholars, and their work; and documentary films by Rodrigo Dorfmann, highlighting Pulitzer Prize winners Jose Galvez (Public Service, 1984), Paul Green (Drama, 1927) and others.


  • AMY Regional Library System
  • Association of American Editorial Cartoonist
  • Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors
  • Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Craven Arts Council and Gallery
  • Duke University
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series
  • UNC Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • National Humanities Center
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte Urban Institute
  • Rodrigo Dorfman, Documentary Filmmaker
  • Hodding Center
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Levine Museum of the New South
  • The Knight School of Communications at Queens
  • The Charlotte Observer
  • Paul Green Foundation
  • East Carolina University


  • Ed Williams, Public Service – The Charlotte Observer team (1981, 1988)
  • Kevin Siers, Editorial Cartooning – The Charlotte Observer (2014)
  • Paul Muldoon, Poetry (2003)
  • Charles L. Overby, Distinguish Public Service – The Clarion-Ledger team (1983)
  • Maria Henson, Editorial Writing – The Charlotte Observer (1992, 2005)
  • Walker Lundy, Reporting – Pioneer Press (2000)
  • Alan Taylor, History (1996, 2014)
  • Ayad Akhtaf, Drama (2012)
  • Isabel Wilkerson, Feature Writing (1994)


  • Charlotte, NC
  • Asheville, NC
  • Greenville, NC
  • New Bern, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Burnsville, NC
  • Hickory, NC
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Chapel Hill, NC

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