Ulysses S. Grant Walking Tour
September 18, 2016
Meet at Lyon Park at 1:00pm on Sunday, Sept. 18th. Travel by bus to the Old Courthouse. Guided tour, led by Cameron Collins (Distilled History Blog) with support from Greg Wolk, the National Park Service, Andrew Weil (Landmark’s Association of St. Louis), will feature important sites to the life and times of U.S. Grant. It will begin at the Old Courthouse and return to Lyon Park (at the Arsenal). Stops along the way for refreshments and light food fare. St. Louis locations and presentations based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Grant by William S. McFeely.
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Pulitzer Prize Discussion – Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse
September 20, 2016
A panel moderated by Steve Kraske will explore the newsroom goings-on of the Kansas City Star in the immediate and mid-term aftermath of the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse on July 17, 1981, which killed 114 and injured 216 more. For its reporting on the disaster and identification of its causes, The Kansas City Star was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1982.
November 4, 2016
St. Louis Country Club
In partnership with the St. Louis Mercantile Library, Dan Martin (cartoonist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch) delivers the “Yeatman Lecture” in celebration of the life and works of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists Daniel R. Fitzpatrick and Bill Maudlin.
Pulitzer Lecture – University of Missouri, Columbia
In September, University of California-Davis Professor of History, Eric Rauchway will deliver the Pulitzer lecture at the University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. Prof. Rauchway, who has authored several books including The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace and The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction, will share his insights regarding Charles Ross’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch article on two separate but related levels:
- How Roosevelt’s Keynesian economic policies directly addressed the concerns that Ross outlines in hisarticle (particularly regarding the drivers of economic inequality); and
- The conditions that have led to a resurfacing of the concerns
In conjunction with the lecture, the Kinder Institute will also host a screening of the 1933 Gabriel over the White House, a pre-code political fantasy that explores the dangerous intertwining of big business and politics.
Charles Griffith Ross was born and raised in Independence, Missouri. Following his high school graduation in 1901, he went on to attend and earn a degree from the University of Missouri in 1905. In 1908 Ross became the first professor of the Missouri School of Journalism. In 1918 he became the Chief Washington correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and went on to win the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for his article entitled, “The Country’s Plight, What Can Be Done About It?,” a discussion of the economic situation of the United States. In 1934 he became the editorial page editor for the Post-Dispatch and then in 1939 became a contributing editor for the paper. From the years 1945 to 1950, the year of his death, Ross held the position of White House Press Secretary to President Harry S. Truman, whom he knew personally.
The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded a grant to the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) as part of their “Centennial Campfires Initiative,” celebrating 100 years of Pulitzer Prizes in 2016.
In the upcoming year, MHC will oversee a multi-part project to include lectures, panel discussions, traveling exhibitions, and high-school workshops that will be free and open to the public. A brief outline includes: public forums and film screenings on Charlie Ross’s Prize- winning article; an exhibition and panel discussion of Daniel Fitzpatrick and Bill Mauldin’s editorial cartoons; a panel discussion of themes explored in the Prize-winning play “Disgraced,” by Ayad Akhtar at The Repertory Theatre in St. Louis; a traveling exhibition on the journalistic excellence of the Hyatt Regency Collapse coverage by the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times, along with special events and topical programming.
“The Pulitzer Prizes set the standard for significant creative expression, and the Missouri Humanities Council will have a rare opportunity to commemorate some of Missouri’s greatest accomplishments,” says Dr. Steve Belko, Executive Director of the Council. “We are grateful to the Pulitzer Foundation for affording us the opportunity to highlight winners in Missouri.”
About the Campfires Initiative
To prepare for the centennial, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the Campfires Initiative, which aims to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary, and artistic values the Prizes represent. To inspire year-long programming throughout the country, the board partnered with the Federation of State Humanities Councils on the initiative. After a review of grant proposals, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded more than $1.5 million to forty-six state humanities councils.
The programs will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning work in journalism, arts and letters, and music. The goal of the board and the Federation of State Humanities Council is to engage American communities in discussion about the values these disciplines represent.
“We look forward to bringing the centennial to life next year with a diverse array of council programming that reconnects Americans with the nation’s amazing cultural production of the last 100 years,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
The Federation and the Pulitzer Prize Board, which is headquartered at Columbia University, developed this initiative together. It is supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and JamesL. Knight Foundation, andthe Pulitzer Prize Board.
To learn more about the Federation of State Humanities Councils, please visit www.statehumanities.org.
To learn more about the Pulitzer Prizes Campfires Initiative, please visit www.pulitzer.org.
A Video Celebration of 100 Years of Pulitzer Prizes
J-Day at the University of Missouri
Held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Hosted by the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association
In partnership with the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association, the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) hosted a Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Exhibition at the annual “Journalism Day” (J-Day) celebration on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Approximately 1,500 – 2,000 high-school journalism students and their faculty advisors attended. These student-journalists represent over 50 schools across the state of Missouri and received awards for excellence in journalism as well as workshop training in various aspects of journalism and student-run newspaper development.
Additionally, MHC presented two, 45-minute workshops for student-participants:
- The first workshop featured an exhibition Daniel R. Fitzpatrick and Bill Mauldin’s editorial cartooning (both are two-time Pulitzer Prize winners). This workshop will be led by Dan Martin, current cartoonist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- The second workshop led Randy Picht, Executive Director of the Reynolds Journalism Institute, taught “News Literacy in the Digital Age” with a focus on the use of drones in journalism. His lecture is entitled, “Pulitzer Prize for Best Use of Drones?—It Could Happen”
MHC Pulitzer Centennial Project: “Public Perceptions of Islam in Post-9/11 America”
A panel featuring Ayad Akhtar (Pulitzer Prize Winner 2013), Faizan Syed, and Dr. Ghazala Hayat
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