New HYPE Video Celebrates Young Philosophers as Part of Pulitzer Centennial

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At the national celebration of the Pulitzer Centennial, New Hampshire Humanities was recognized for its HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) program in a speech given by Keven Willey, co-chair of the Pulitzer Board.

Underscoring the importance of humanities projects like HYPE, Willey remarked, “It has never, ever, been more important than it is right now to focus on the values of engagement, enlightenment, truth telling and inspiration.” 

The Pulitzer Board partnered with the Federation of State Humanities Councils on a $1.7 million project aimed at deepening the public discourse around the values embodied by the Pulitzer Prizes. Funded by the Pulitzer Board, the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the project became known as the “Campfires Initiative” in the interest of fanning the flames of light and passion across the country.

As part of the Campfires Initiative, New Hampshire Humanities received a $30,000 grant that supported two highly successful events– a public forum featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists and humanities scholars for a lively discussion of cartooning and First Amendment Rights, and the HYPE conference led by students from Souhegan and Spaulding High Schools. The conference drew more than 1,000 high school students and teachers who took part in group and panel discussions exploring First Amendment issues.

As part of the grant, New Hampshire Humanities partnered with Atlantic Media Productions on a documentary about HYPE Day as a model of student-led civics education. The video is now available on our website and YouTube channel.

Watch the video HERE.