OVERVIEW: North Dakota Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Activities

Presented by:
North Dakota Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Subject: Journalism, Other, Varies Audience: All

North Dakota Humanities Council used their GameChanger conference series as the capstone event in their Pulitzer programming for the year. In addition, the North Dakota Humanities Council (NDHC) themed all 2016 program activities around the Pulitzer Prize Centennial.  These programs included: $100,000 in grant funds for 2016, plays, panel discussions, symphony concerts followed by classical music chats, book discussions, and more happening statewide.

GameChanger Series: Pulitzer Prize Edition – Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence in History, Literature, and Journalism (September 24th, 2016)

The GameChanger conference was made up of two main parts, an exhibit available in Bismarck and Fargo prior to the event, consisting of Pulitzer Prize winning articles and medals, and a lecture series that took place on September 24th, 2016. Below is the list of lectures from the event. This event was attended by more than 400 people in person and gained an additional 2,000 views from the livestream.

  • Eric Schlosser (History, Finalist – 2014)

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety

An in-depth looks at the hisotry of Maerica’s nuclear weapons. Interviewed by Murray Sagsveen.

  • Elizabeth Fenn (History, 2015)

Encounters at the Heart of the World” A History of the Mandan People

The history of the Mandan people in North Dakota.

  • Benjamin Franklin (Portrayed by Chautauqua scholar Greg Robin Smith)

This discussion focused on on the differences between colonial press and modern day access to news.

  • Sonia Nazario (Los Angeles Times, Feature Writing, 2003)

Enrique’s Journey & America’s Immigration Dilemma

The stories of millions of immigrant women traveling to the US. Interviewed by Michelle Roberts (Breaking News, 2007).

  • Jacqueline Jones (History, Finalist, 2014)

A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America

An examination of race in the lives of Americans. Interviewed by Mark Trahant, (National Reporting, Finalist, 1989)

  • Seymour Hersh (International Reporting, 1970)

A look into being a breaking news reporter at the scenes of some of the most memorable moments in history. Interviewed by Mike Jacobs, retired editor of the Grand Forks Herald (Public Service, 1998) 

Major partnerships included:

  • North Dakota State Library,
  • Bismarck Public Library
  • Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce
  • Young Professionals Network
  • Bismarck State College
  • University of Mary
  • United Tribes Technical College
  • ND State Bar Association
  • Start Bismarck
  • Sanford
  • State Historical Society of North Dakota
  • Bismarck Downtowners Association
  • Prairie Public Broadcasting
  • ND Council on the Arts
  • Arts ND
  • Dakota West Arts Council
  • ND Newspaper Association
  • Bismarck Public Schools

Programs and events occurred in:

  • Bismarck, ND
  • Fargo, ND
  • Online

Pulitzer Prize winners in attendance included:

  • Elizabeth Fenn (History, 2015)
  • Sonia Nazario (Los Angeles Times, Feature Writing, 2003)
  • Michelle Roberts (Breaking News, 2007)
  • Seymour Hersh (International Reporting, 1970)
  • Mike Jacobs (Public Service, 1998)

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