The work honored by the Pulitzer Prizes is essential to Humanities New York —a way to thread some of the best and most influential American writing, both the belle lettristic and journalistic, through our programming. Many will continue as permanent additions to our programming as self-sustaining program series.
"Campfire" Readings
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Click here for book selections featuring five novels that won the Pulitzer Prize.


A three part series which will explore the research and publication of a piece of investigative journalism—providing a master class on what goes into a Pulitzer-winning investigative project.

The Anatomy of Change: NYPD’s Surveillance of Muslim Communities

After the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD became one of America’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies. In 2011, Matt Apuzzo led an Associated Press investigation that revealed how the NYPD deployed undercover officers into minority neighborhoods as part of a human mapping program, among other operations ultimately ruled illegal. “The Anatomy of Change: The NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Program'” explored the process and impact of this investigation as well as what this masterfully executed project tells us about NYC today. The conversation featured Matt Apuzzo; one of his former editors, Michael Oreskes; and Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, Linda Sarsour. Critically acclaimed author Moustafa Bayoumi moderated.


The Anatomy of Change: Journalism and Justice

Featuring Michael Moss, whose Pulitzer-winning 2009 project on food safety revealed defects in local and federal regulation. Moss is the author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, and the forthcoming Hooked: Food and Free Will, for Random House. Michael Moss speaks with Peter Kim, Executive Director of the Museum of Food and Drink, and Sam Fromartz, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Food and Environment Reporting Network.


The Anatomy of Change: Cliff Levy’s Broken Homes

At its best, journalism excels in telling the stories of the voiceless, in demanding justice for the victimized. Cliff Levy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series “Broken Homes” (New York Times) exemplifies these qualities. Over the course of six stories in 2002, Levy provided a brilliant, vivid exploration of New York State’s negligent oversight of homes for the mentally ill and unstable, revealing tales of abuse and neglect that are harrowing.


Educational Resources

Humanities New York offers educational resources for the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial through the following programs.

Reading & Discussion Series
Celebrate the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative with our reading and discussion theme, Reaching for the American Dream, featuring five novels that won the award for literature. Each novel in the series resonates with our contemporary moment, by looking at how authors have depicted our struggles to better ourselves and achieve the American dream—and how, despite our efforts, we can end of up unfulfilled or at odds with other elements of society.

Community Conversations
Community Conversations promote engaged dialogue by providing a platform to bring people together for short, thoughtful discussions on themes central to American life. A Pulitzer Prizes-themed toolkit will be launched in December 2016.