Humanities Tennessee is honored to receive a grant for $18,250 from the Pulitzer Prize board of directors to conduct programming throughout Tennessee in 2016 related to the 100th anniversary of the prestigious awards. Throughout the year, 46 states will conduct programming examining the history and impact of the Pulitzers and the changing nature of media.
“From Alex Haley to Robert Penn Warren and others, Tennesseans have made significant contributions to the artistic world that continue to have an impact on global literature,” said Tim Henderson, executive director of Humanities Tennessee. “We will work with contemporary writers to assess the impact of that legacy.”
With its funding, Humanities Tennessee will conduct the following programs throughout Tennessee:
The “Joseph Pulitzer and the Media of Tomorrow” track at the 2016 Southern Festival of Books will include readings and panels focused on the Pulitzers in Tennessee, including an author roundtable debate about the Pulitzer fiction winners with the greatest impact.
In order to reach audiences around the state on the crucial topic of media literacy, we will engage a highly qualified presenter to prepare a talk, including media clips, about the media literacy that is appropriate for general audiences high school age and above. The scholar will receive a stipend to travel in 2016 to larger cities in Tennessee — Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga — and offer the talk to the public free of charge.
For our Chapter 16.org literary website, Humanities Tennessee will commission pieces from notable writers today on the legacy of Tennessee winners. Our aim is to illuminate readers (and writers) around the state by examining the lasting influence past Pulitzer winners have had on a range of contemporary writers.
“Collaborating with the Pulitzer Prizes on their centennial celebration is an honor and an incredible recognition of the capabilities, reach, and quality of the state humanities councils’ programs and their understanding of local communities,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. “We are looking forward to bringing the centennial to life next year with a diverse array of council programming to reconnect Americans with the nation’s amazing cultural production from the past 100 years.”
About the Pulitzer Prize Campfires Initiative:
In preparation for the Pulitzer's 100th awarding of the Prizes in 2016, the Pulitzer Prize board launched the Campfires initiative to “ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary, and artistic values” the Prizes represent. With the help of the councils, the Pulitzer Prizes Campfires initiative will involve a year’s worth of grassroots programming featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, poets, and journalists and sharing the values of the arts and humanities that both the Pulitzer Prizes and the Federation of State Humanities Council embody.
The Pulitzer Prize board of directors developed this initiative with the help of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and John L. Knight Foundation, as well as Columbia University, home to the Pulitzers.