With support from the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, Humanities Texas will hold five public programs in 2016 across the state featuring Pulitzer Prize winners. The first three of these programs will take place in June in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, presenting lectures by Pulitzer Prize-winning historians David M. Oshinsky, Daniel Walker Howe, and Alan Taylor.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Contact if you have questions about any of the programs below.


Humanities Texas will partner with The University of Texas at Austin's College of Liberal Arts and the LBJ Presidential Library to hold a public lecture and discussion featuring David M. Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at New York University. Oshinsky received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for History for Polio: An American Story. His lecture will examine conquering Polio and other medical advances of the 1940s and 1950s.

"Conquering Polio and Other Medical Advances of the 1940s and 1950s"
A lecture by David M. Oshinsky
Wednesday, June 15 | 12:00 p.m.
Bass Lecture Hall


Humanities Texas will partner with the University of Houston to hold a public lecture and discussion by Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University and professor of history emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. Howe's lecture, "Rival Visions of America: Economic Development in the 1820s and Beyond," will draw from his book What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848, for which he received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for History.

"Rival Visions of America: Economic Development in the
1820s and Beyond"
A lecture by Daniel Walker Howe
June 6, 2016 | 6:00 p.m.
Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center
Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens

San Antonio

Humanities Texas will partner with The University of Texas at San Antonio to organize a public lecture and discussion by Alan Taylor. Taylor, who holds the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia, received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832 and the 1996 Prize for William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic. Taylor's lecture, titled "Colonial Transformations," will survey early encounters between European colonists and Native Americans.

"Colonial Transformations"
A lecture by Alan Taylor
June 12, 2016 | 6:00 p.m.
McNay Art Museum

This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prize Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes. The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future, and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

For their generous support of the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and Columbia University.

David Oshinsky lectures at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Daniel Walker Howe delivers a keynote address, "The Controversial Transformation of America, and the Consequent Transformation of Americans, in the 1850s,” at the University of North Texas in Denton.
Alan Taylor gives a lecture on legacies and innovations in North America from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.