#HumCitizen: Kentucky Reads “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren

Presented by:
Kentucky Humanities
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Nonprofits, Other Subject: History, Journalism, Other Audience: All, Colleges and Universities


Kentucky Reads will use Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the King’s Men, as the cornerstone for panel discussions at five sites across Kentucky — Highland Heights 9/13/18, Paducah 9/18/18, Louisville 10/15/18, Lexington, 10/16/18, and Bowling Green 10/23/18. Each panel will consist of a journalist, a scholar, and a local politician/public official to explore the themes of the book – power, politics, political persuasion, and the press.

These programs are part of a larger initiative, which will create reading and discussion groups across Kentucky to explore the novel.

“Politics is one of Americans’ favorite pastimes, regardless of who’s in office. In recent years, with the rise of populist movements, the advent of ‘fake news,’ and debate on how the news and social media influence voters, there is renewed interest in the themes that Warren explored in ‘All the King’s Men.'” Bill Goodman, executive director of Kentucky Humanities.

List of events (follow on social media using #kyreads and #humcitizen):

APRIL 2018

April 24th — Paint the Town Red –  Guthrie, KY – Kentucky Humanities announced the Kentucky Reads program from the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum and issued this press release.


Kentucky Reads Online Book Club with Dr. Richard Taylor
– online – Join Executive Director Bill Goodman and Dr. Richard Taylor for a Facebook Live discussion on All the King’s Men chapters 1-3 at 7 p.m. (EST) on June 19th. On July 17th at 7 p.m. (EST) Goodman and Dr. Jessica Hindman will discuss chapters 4-6. On August 14th at 7 p.m. (EST) Goodman and Dr. Jonathan Cullick will wrap up the discussion, covering chapters 7-9. Discussions can be found on Facebook @KYHumanities.

September 5 at 7:15 pm – Feature Film Screening – Lexington, KY – Kentucky Theater Summer Classics screening of All the King’s Men (1949) at the Lexington Kentucky Theater. The film was an Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Actor (Broderick Crawford) and Best Supporting Actress (Mercedes McCambridge).

September 13 at 6:30 pm – Community Forum – Highland Heights, KY – The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University will host a keynote address from Dr. Jonathan S. Cullick about his book Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men: A Reader’s Companion and a community forum on journalism and politics at the Otto M. Budig Theater.

September 9 at 2:00 pm – Sneak Preview of Robert Penn Warren: A Vision— Lexington, KY –at the Lexington Public Library’s Farish Theater
Preview an excerpt of Robert Penn Warren: A Vision from Tom Thurman and KET. Followed by discussion and Q&A with award-winning filmmaker Tom Thurman.

September 17 at 7:00 pm – Bale Boone Symposium – Lexington, KY – The Gaines Center for the Humanities at the University of Kentucky presents the Bale Boone Symposium featuring historian and New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham, who will speak on the relevance of Warren’s work, from politics to race to regional culture.

September 18 at 6:30 pm CST – Community Forum – Paducah, KY – Paducah’s Market House Theatre will host a live reading of scenes from the stage adaptation of All the King’s Men and a community forum on journalism and politics.

October 15 at 6:30 pm – Community Forum – Louisville, KY – The Pamela Brown Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville will host a live reading of scenes from the stage adaptation of All the King’s Men and a community forum on journalism and politics.

October 16 at 6:30 pm – Community Forum – Lexington, KY – A live reading of scenes from the stage adaptation of All the King’s Men and a community forum on journalism and politics will be held.

October 22 – Premiere of Robert Penn Warren: A Vision – Bowling Green, KY – The official KET premiere of Robert Penn Warren: A Vision will be held at Van Meter Hall at Western Kentucky University, followed by a Q&A with Rosanna Warren, poet and daughter of Robert Penn Warren, and filmmaker Tom Thurman.

October 23 at 6:30 pm CST – Community Forum – Bowling Green, KY – The Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at Western Kentucky University will host a community forum on journalism and politics at Jody Richards Hall.

November 16 & 17 – The Kentucky Book Fair – Lexington, KY – Dr. Jonathan S. Cullick will teach the Kentucky Book Fair Master Class for high school students on November 16 and give a Main Stage presentation at the Fair on November 17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.

August 14, 15 & 28 – Kentucky Reads All the King’s Men Online Book Club – Lexington & Webster, KY – Join Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman and Dr. Jessica Hindman, professor of creative writing at Northern Kentucky University, for the third and final Facebook Live discussion of All the King’s Men by Kentucky Native Robert Penn Warren on August 14. Prefer an in-person conversation? The Kentucky council will also host an All the King’s Men book discussion at the Lexington Public Library – Tates Creek Branch on August 15 with Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin. Another discussion will be held on August 25 at the Webster County Historical and Genealogical Society led by Dr. Scott Vander Ploeg. Learn more about the Kentucky Reads program.