Skip to main content


To celebrate the life, legacy, and enduring impact of Pearl S. Buck, West Virginia’s Pulitzer Centennial Campfires Initiative event will be an international conference on Buck, winner of a 1932 Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Good Earth.  West Virginia University will host the conference in Morgantown, West Virginia, from September 11-13, 2016.  The conference is expected to include a keynote address, concurrent sessions on a range of topics, a tour of the Buck Birthplace (located in Hillsboro, West Virginia), a possible video conference link with scholars and students in China, and other activities.  Proposals are being accepted through May 1.  The conference is the result of a partnership among the West Virginia Humanities Council, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation.  For more information, please contact

This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes 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.