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UPIKE welcomes Pulitzer Prize winner

September 22, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett recently visited the University of Pikeville. The event was in partnership with the Kentucky Humanities Council and the Pultizer Prize Board and was the second stop on Pett’s tour of the state focusing on the Pulitzer Centennial.

A commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the event focused on Pett’s longstanding career as an editorial cartoonist with the Lexington Herald Leader, the current landscape of editorial cartooning, as well as the affect of winning the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. In addition to speaking with faculty, students and the community at large, a traveling art show with selections of Pett’s Pulitzer-winning cartoons and other pieces was on display.

About the Kentucky Humanities Council
The Kentucky Humanities Council, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., is invested in “Telling Kentucky’s Story” throughout the commonwealth and provides programming such as The Kentucky Book Fair, Kentucky Chautauqua®, its Speakers Bureau, PRIME TIME Family Reading Time®, Kentucky Humanities magazine and Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibits. The Kentucky Humanities Council Inc., is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is supported by the National Endowment as well as private contributions. To learn more about the Kentucky Humanities Council, please visit

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 yearlong 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 46 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 James L. Knight Foundation, and the Pulitzer Prize Board.

To learn more about the Federation of State Humanities Councils, visit

To learn more about the Pulitzer Prizes Campfires Initiative, see their March 2015 announcement.

From left, Burton Webb, Ph.D., president of the University of Pikeville, left, and Howard Roberts, dean of the Coleman College of Business, right, welcome Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist to campus for an event commemorating the Pulitzer Centennial. 

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