The Pulitzer Prizes Turn 100
Maryland Humanities commemorates the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes with a year-long series of events
These events are part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a nationwide celebration funded by the Pulitzer Prizes, in partnership with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and made possible through a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Programming kicked off in March 2016 with panel discussions featuring acclaimed journalists discussing their craft and culminated December 6, 2016 with a special event featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author-historians Taylor Branch and Isabel Wilkerson in a conversation moderated by Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Did you miss the culminating event? Watch it now!
21st Century Journalism Ethics: Seek the Truth and Report It
Maryland students reflect on journalism ethicsAs we celebrated the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, we invited Maryland students taking formal writing or journalism courses or working for their school newspaper to examine a contemporary ethical dilemma in professional journalism and to share their take on the issue.
- What was the project?The 24-hour news cycle, quest for the big story, citizen journalism, proliferation of online news outlets, pressure to support revenue generation, and competition to be the first to break big news are just a few of the limitless factors impacting journalists. The demands of the contemporary news cycle can create a challenging tension between the search for the truth and professional ethics. At times, truth and accuracy are what’s lost.
Young writers are the future of journalism. As we celebrated the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, we wanted to hear what they have to say on the topic of journalism ethics. From Brian Williams to Rolling Stone to Stephen Glass, lapses in professional judgement contribute to the erosion of confidence in the media.
We invited Maryland students taking formal writing or journalism courses or working for their school newspaper to examine a contemporary ethical dilemma in professional journalism and to share their take on the issue. Submissions are featured on the Maryland Humanities website and forwarded to the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial archive.
- What were the parameters?
- Students can work individually or as a group to examine any contemporary ethics issue of their choosing, whether high profile or lesser known
- Projects should include an overview of the issue, analysis, and conclusion
- Submit work as a blog (up to 750 words), podcast or video of no longer than ten-minutes via email
- Be sure to include student name(s), school, and a contact email with your submission
- Upon submission, participants will be asked to complete a permission release form to acknowledge the posting of their work on the Maryland Humanities website and inclusion in the Pulitzer Prizes centennial archive
- Projects will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 1, 2016
- For more information or to submit your work, contact Andrea Lewis
MARYLAND HUMANITIES & THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK PRESENT WORLDWISE Arts & Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series: The Pulitzer 100
Tuesday, December 6 at 7 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, Maryland
- Pulitzer 100 Event DetailsWhat is the impact of the humanities on American life? As part of the Pulitzer Prizes’ Centennial Celebration, Maryland Humanities partnered with the College of Arts and Humanities to present Pulitzer Prize-winning author-historians Taylor Branch and Isabel Wilkerson. NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund’s Sherrilyn Ifill moderated an engaging discussion between the two on the historical context behind their Pulitzer Prize-winning work and its relevancy to our lives today. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this once-in-a-lifetime discussion!
This program is part of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfire Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, sponsored in part by the Mellon Foundation.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama: Grab a seat and enjoy the show!
In collaboration with Maryland Humanities, Olney Theatre Center presented a three-day festival of staged readings of Pulizer Prize-winning plays, September 30–October 2.
The Pulitzer Prize Festival of staged readings at Olney Theatre Center was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Montgomery College.
- Play ScheduleSchedule
- Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (1948): Friday, September 30, 8:00 p.m.
- D. L. Coburn’s The Gin Game (1978): Saturday, October 1, 1:00 p.m.
- August Wilson’s Fences (1987): Saturday, October 1, 4:00 p.m.
- Jerome Weidman, George Abbott, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick’s Fiorello! (1960): Saturday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
- Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful (2012): Sunday, October 2, 1:00 p.m.
- Derek Goldman’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey, adapted from Thornton Wilder’s novel (1928): Sunday, October 2, 5:00 p.m.
Pulitzer Panels: Journalism & Its Power to Inform
- Panel DetailsPanels were sponsored in part by The Baltimore Sun and moderated by Andrew Green, Editorial Page Editor at The Baltimore Sun.
Date Topic Panel March 8 Voice for the Powerless Liz Bowie, Scott Higham (Pulitzer 2002), Deborah Nelson (Pulitzer 1997) March 29 War/Veterans/National Security Dan Fesperman, David Wood (Pulitzer 2012) April 19 Challenges Faced by Baltimore Justin Fenton, Erica Green, E.R. Shipp (Pulitzer 1996), Diana Sugg (Pulitzer 2003) May 10 The Environment Will Englund (Pulitzer 1998), McKay Jenkins, Elizabeth McGowan (Pulitzer 2013), John McQuaid (Pulitzer 1997, 2006)
About the Campfires Initiative
This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes. The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.
For their generous support for the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and Columbia University.