William Allen White film premiere

The William Allen White Foundation will premiere a new film on William Allen White during the 150th birth year commemoration. 

The foundation, in coordination with the KU Endowment Association, organized the funding of the film, titled "William Allen White: What's the Matter with Kansas."

Kevin Willmott, a film professor at the University of Kansas, alongside producer Scott Richardson, created the full-length feature film on White to help extend the legacy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher known as the "Sage of Emporia."

Though much of White’s life has been preserved and recorded through biographies, along with his countless written works, the film will attempt to present topics that have previously taken a backseat to his journalism career. White’s activism as a progressive Republican and his commitment to racial tolerance are parts of White’s life the film will center on. Watch the film trailer here.

The principal funding partners are: 

• Dwayne and Velma Wallace Foundation

• William T. Kemper Foundation

• Kansas Newspaper Foundation

• Trusler Foundation

• Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission

• Kansas Humanities Council

• Emporia Community Foundation

The film premiere is free and open to the public, at 5:30 p.m., April 25, in 3139 Wescoe Hall. 

Other William Allen White 150th birth year events are:

Lecture and presentation from Pete Souza
• 7 p.m., April 24, Lied Center
Pete Souza, White House photographer for Presidents Obama and Reagan, took nearly two million photographs throughout President Obama's two terms. More than 300 of these images are featured in his New York Time #1 bestselling book, "Obama: An Intimate Portrait." Books will be available for purchase at the event. People who purchase books at the event also will receive a bookplate signed by the author. (Free and open to the public; advance reservations not required.) Learn more here.

“Politics and the Media” 
• 4-5 p.m. April 25, 3139 Wescoe
KU alumni and student Pulitzer-Prize winners will discuss the importance of journalism, facts and truth in the current political landscape. Panelists: J.B. Forbes, Pat Gaston, Kevin Helliker, Colleen McCain Nelson and Alberto Araujo. Moderator: Pam Fine, KU journalism professor. (Free and open to the public.) Learn more here.

“The Future of Journalism” panel discussion
 3:30 p.m. April 26, Kansas Memorial Union Ballroom
William Allen White Foundation National Citation Award winners Bob Dotson, Gerald Seib and Paul Steiger will be joined by KU journalism students Danya Issawi and Jose Pedro Montoya for a panel discussion what the future holds for journalists and media. Moderator: Pam Fine, KU journalism professor. (Free and open to the public.) Learn more here.