In celebration of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2016, UCF is proud to be part of the Pulitzer Centennial Campfires Initiative, and will feature a series of programs in Central Florida throughout the calendar year. Global Perspectives Director John C. Bersia, UCF’s Pulitzer Laureate, is leading the effort. “This is a special opportunity to bring the full story of the Pulitzers to virtually everyone, and to better understand how they have encouraged excellence in journalism, literature, drama and music,” Bersia said.
In late January, Bersia joined hundreds of other laureates for the Pulitzer Prize Centennial celebration in Washington, D.C. Prize winners were invited to a number of events and activities throughout the city. These included the recording of recollections by Prize winners, special presentations, panel discussions and a gala reception. The group photo of the Prize winners, shown below, was taken in Sulzberger Hall at The Newseum.
To take part in the celebration, UCF will participate in the Pulitzer Centennial Campfires Initiative, which is bringing a series of events to Central Florida during 2016. One example is the Florida International Summit 2016 featured in this newsletter, which had a Pulitzer panel on the news media and international education. The Pulitzer Prizes, which are administered at Columbia University, were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher. The first prizes were awarded in 1917. Stay tuned for a complete list of UCF-organized programming related to the Pulitzer Prizes’ centennial.