Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words

A Celebration of Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalism, Literature and Drama and How They Have Influenced Our World

Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words, a multifaceted public program presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, highlights the way Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, literature, and drama influence our world. The project is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council, in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes. This 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. Pulitzer NC connects Pulitzer Prizes winners and their work to live and online audiences through engaging, sustained and accessible discussions, presentations, and conversations across the state. 


Components

Charlotte Campfires - Pulitzer Charlotte: Power and Accountability
Public presentations to explore how Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism shapes the agenda for community conversation. Provides 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. Includes 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).

Campfires Across the State - Pulitzer NC Mountains, Pulitzer NC Piedmont and Pulitzer NC Coastal Plains
Diverse calendar of events developed in collaboration with high-profile organizations across the state, serving 22 counties in eight months. Projected to reach 5,000+ attendees. Presenting collaborators include 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.

Educational Components
Educators across the globe will have access to Pulitzer materials via a digital summer reading program and online educational components designed by the National Humanities Center. Materials will include videos, interactive activities, audio, documents, and two webinars to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources will align to Common Core and national standards and will be promoted by all Pulitzer NC partners. 

Digital Components
Pulitzer NC website PulitzerNC.org will be a hub for all Pulitzer digital media and communications, including texts, videos, images, memes, vines and audio files created by students and collaborators. It will also include links and uploads; interactive components; information on presenting Pulitzer winners, scholars and their work; and documentary films by Rodrigo Dorfman, highlighting Pulitzer Prize winners José Galvez (Public Service, 1984), Paul Green (Drama, 1927) and others. Collaborators include: CPCC and UNCC.
The North Carolina Humanities Council brings to this project more than 43 years of expertise in collaborating with scholars and organizations to develop and present insightful and engaging Pulitzer-themed humanities programs to audiences across the state. 


Presenting Collaborators

Pulitzer NC Charlotte
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), Johnson C. Smith University, Levine Museum of the New South, The Knight School of Communications at Queens, The Charlotte Observer, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).

Pulitzer NC Mountains
AMY Regional Library System, Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative.

Pulitzer NC Piedmont
Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, Lenoir Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series, and Paul Green Foundation

Pulitzer NC Coastal Plains
Craven Arts Council and Gallery, East Carolina University.

Pulitzer NC Content Design Collaborators: Ed Williams, Hodding Carter III, Rick Thames, The Charlotte Observer, The Knight Foundation
Graphic Design Services: Matthew Steele
Public Relations Counsel: Carolina PR


The North Carolina Humanities Council brings to this project more than 43 years of expertise in collaborating with scholars and organizations to develop and present insightful and engaging Pulitzer-themed humanities programs to audiences across the state. 

CONTACTS:

North Carolina Humanities Council
320 E. 9th Street, Suite 414
Charlotte, NC 28202
Main (704) 687-1520
Fax (704) 687-1550

Banu Valladares
Program and Grants Administrator
bvalladares@nchumanities.org
Direct (704) 687-1522

Caitlin Patton
Program Coordinator
cpatton@nchumanities.org
Direct (704) 687-1521

Paula Watkins
Executive Director
pwatkins@nchumanities.org
Direct (704) 687-1519