The Challenge of Free Speech in Kansas: Then and Now

Hosted by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University and the Kansas Humanities Council
William Allen White (File)

In conjunction with two exhibitions that explore the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WW II, this program will consider the importance of free speech and a free press in times of turmoil. A short documentary on William Allen White’s 1923 Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial, “To An Anxious Friend” will be screened. Panelists will discuss freedom of the press and its role in democracy:

· Kathrine Walker Schlageck, senior educator at the museum, will describe the role of William Allen White in selecting John Steuart Curry to paint murals in the Kansas State House.

· Stephen Wolgast, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism/Collegian Media Group, Kansas State University

· Ned Seaton, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Manhattan Mercury

· Max McCoy, associate professor of Journalism at Emporia State University

The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: William Allen White and Freedom of Speech is a joint venture of the Kansas Humanities Council, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.