The Humanities Council announces a collaborative series of programs in Rhode Island to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2016. The Pulitzer Prize Board announced the award of $45,739 to the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative for the program series: What is the 21st Century Essay? An exploration of the changing nature of journalism and the humanities in the digital age, What is the 21st Century Essay? programming will thematically focus on environmental issues because of their urgency and relevance to our health, communities, and economy. As a catalyst for the statewide humanities community, the Humanities Council will collaborate with several partners to produce the What is the 21st Century Essay? Pulitzer series, which will include performances, salons, conferences, multimedia interpretations, and publications.
The Humanities Council’s Pulitzer series engages a broad public audience as well as journalists, writers, musicians, artists, and scholars. Connecting important questions in civic life to scholarship and public policy, the Story in the Public Square program of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University and the Essay in Public program, a project of Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and The New School, will bring noted journalists, writers, and scholars to Rhode Island to discuss new approaches to the essay. Aurea Ensemble, UPP Arts, and the Providence Athenaeum will offer public programs to bring people together to experience and discuss the connections between the humanities, journalism, and the environment through music, poetry, fiction, history, film, and more.