Bangor High School is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the Maine Humanities Council’s Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative. The Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative supports a wide range of programs and events that showcase Pulitzer Prize works in honor of the centennial of the prize in 2016.
The grant will enable Pulitzer Prize winning multimedia journalist Larry C. Price to attend Bangor High School’s World Geography Symposium in spring 2016.
Mr. Price is renowned for his work on child labor, the refugee crisis and pollution. His most current work is an extended look at the Citarum River near Jakarta, which some have called the most polluted waterway in the world.
Mr. Price will discuss these issues in a keynote address and breakout sessions during the World Geography Symposium, a one-day event that will give students in freshman Geography and Civics classes an opportunity to present their research on rivers around the world. Students work in teams to choose a river and focus on its physical characteristics, human uses and controls, and important issues affecting the continued human use of the river.
“The World Geography Symposium is a forum in which students come together to share the results of their research,” says Nancy Watson, Librarian at Bangor High School. “Participating in a professional conference model is a unique and important real life experience that encourages leadership development and civic-mindedness. We’re grateful to the Maine Humanities Council for this opportunity to host Mr. Price, and we’re excited for our students to learn about his important work.”