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Culture rests at the core of how people live their lives and experience the world. Pulitzer Center grantee stories tagged with “Culture” feature reporting that covers knowledge, belief, art, morals, law and customs. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on culture.

 

Today, Explained: Democracy Dies in Daylight

Democracies can fall many ways: military coups, assassinations, mass protests. But what does it look like when a democracy quietly backslides into autocracy?

Last Resort

More than two centuries after settling in Honduras, the Garifuna people are still fighting for a place to raise their families.

The Country That Brought a Sea Back to Life

The Aral Sea is bringing new wealth to fishing villages in Kazakhstan, but their neighbours on the opposite shore in Uzbekistan are suffering a very different fate.

Living in a Buddhist Temple

An inside look at a typical day at a Thai Buddhist temple. This field note shows a glimpse into many Buddhist traditions and rituals.

August 07, 2018

A Journey Through Contested Lands: Honduras

Susan Meiselas

Real estate investors are violating the hard-fought land rights of the Garífuna, an Afro-Caribbean community in Honduras whose unique and endangered culture has been recognized by UNESCO.

August 07, 2018

A Journey Through Contested Lands: Azerbaijan

Emin Ozmen

In Azerbaijan, Emin Özmen captures a story of assimilation: the integration of the Talysh, with their distinct and sometimes fading traditions, into a country asserting its national identity.

May 01, 2018

Run, Hide, Fight

Spike Johnson

Active shooter response trainers offer new methods of defense to emergency services, schools, and workplaces, as mass murder rates rise in the U.S.

April 30, 2018

De-radicalization Inside London Prisons

Paul LeBlanc

This project examines de-radicalization efforts inside London's highest security prison following a string of terrorist attacks that have rocked Europe in recent years.

April 06, 2018

Native American Youth: Health and Sports

Viridiana Vidales Coyt

Native youth are nine times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than their non-Hispanic white peers, according to an NIH study . Community organizations in New Mexico would like to change that.

March 15, 2018

Prophets and Profits

Tomaso Clavarino

While churches in the economic north are emptying out, those in the global south—especially in Africa—are growing. In Ghana, Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism are booming, but at what price?

March 08, 2018

The Child Witches of Nollywood

Marc Ellison

This innovative project utilizes illustration, photography, and video to investigate what role the Nigerian movie industry has played in the increase of witchcraft accusations against children.

February 19, 2018

We Are Not Hidden: Race in Cuba

Esohe Osabuohien

Exploring race and gender in Cuba is as complex as its political and economic situation. A growing population of Afro-Cubans and artist-activists are demanding a change to their narratives.

February 15, 2018

The Tech Libertarians Buying New Zealand

Mark O’Connell

Silicon Valley billionaires have been buying up New Zealand land, gaining citizenship and influencing immigration policy. Why are they so drawn to the place, and what is the ideology behind it all?

Meet the Journalist: Jonas Bendiksen

Photographer Jonas Bendiksen traveled to Greenland to visualize its demographic challenges: As more women than men leave to study or live abroad, there are fewer than nine women for every 10 men.

Meet the Journalist: Tom Gardner

Journalist Tom Gardner discusses a two-part series of articles exploring Ethiopia's so-called "development state" and the crisis of expectations driving mass protest and exodus.

Meet the Journalist: Alice Su

Journalist Alice Su speaks about her 2017 project on religion among resettled refugees in Germany, a country that has accepted more asylum seekers than any other European country.

Meet the Journalist: Jackie Spinner

Jackie Spinner spent three months in Morocco exploring the ways in which the country has become a moderate Islamic hub in the North Africa and to examine the contrast between image and reality.

Meet the Journalist: James Whitlow Delano

Post-NAFTA Mexico was flooded with cheap sugary, fatty junk food from the U.S.–triggering a dual crisis: obesity and malnutrition. As NAFTA renegotiations progress, will these crises come up at all?

This Week: Kingdom of Women

This Week: A village in China where women rule, an island off British Columbia was supposed to be an economic salvation, and illegal mining is causing problems for Venezuela.

This Week: Witch Hunts Today

This week: Indian women fight back against witch hunts, Bolivia's child labor laws struggle to combat abuse, and the lives of Filipino women whose government killed their loved ones for drug use.

Exotic Pets and Impacts on the Food Chain

Students will be able to describe the impacts of removing exotic animals from their native environment, including impacts on the food chain, using details from reporting by Sean Gallagher. Within...

How to Write a Commentary

In this lesson, students listen to a journalist discuss their reporting and then write a commentary. Students were expected to ask questions, take plenty of notes, and come up with a thesis...

Conviction Driven 'Miracles'

After reading Erik Vance's The Science Behind Miracles, students discuss what it means to have a “limitless” world and whether or not science has anything to do with achieving the impossible.