The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: William Allen White and Freedom of Speech


Kansas Humanities Council
Request for Partners
Deadline: 5 PM Monday, March 14, 2016
Click here for guidelines and application

In 1922, William Allen White published “To An Anxious Friend,” an impassioned defense of the freedom of speech. For this he won the Pulitzer Prize, the first Kansan to do so. To celebrate 100 years of the Pulitzer Prizes and commemorate White’s call to protect free expression, the Kansas Humanities Council is planning a series of events that explore the importance of free speech in today’s society.

KHC will partner with up to 12 nonprofit organizations in Kansas to host keynote lectures and/or panel discussions by experts exploring issues related to freedom of speech, the life of William Allen White, and democracy today. Selected organizations will have the opportunity to host a follow-up writing workshop led by a trained workshop facilitator.

The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: William Allen White and Freedom of Speech is intended to support grassroots organizations interested in:

  • Examining the history and impact of free speech events in Kansas
  • Increasing understanding of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
  • Commemorating the role of William Allen White in Kansas history and the impact of the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts
  • Increasing civic engagement with the citizens in your community

KHC invites museums, historical societies, public libraries, art centers, community organizations, colleges and universities, and other nonprofit cultural and civic organizations to apply for this special opportunity. All events must be free and accessible to the general public.

Click here for complete guidelines and application. Contact Leslie Von Holten, director of programs, at leslie(at) for more information.

The Kansas Humanities Council was awarded at $20,000 Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative award to make these events available in Kansas. The Campfires Initiative is a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.