New Hampshire Humanities Council
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Our October 13 Annual Dinner will feature award-winning
author and human rights activist Azar Nafisi

We are thrilled to announce that Azar Nafisi will be the keynote speaker at
our 26th Annual Dinner on Tuesday, October 13 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.


Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the international bestseller
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which electrified its readers
with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution
in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students.
Reading Lolita in Tehran is an incisive exploration of the transformative
powers of fiction in a world of tyranny. The book spent more than 100
weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into
32 languages.
Learn more about Nafisi and her work on her website.

Tickets for our main fundraising event of the year are $125 per person and support our mission of bringing opportunities for life-long learning to every corner of the state through more than 600 free programs each year.


Our thanks to our sponsors to-date:



Lead Sponsor for the 25th Year





Humanities Sponsor



Reception Sponsor


Book Sponsor




Innovation Sponsor



Technology Sponsor




Culture Sponsor


Books Signing Sponsor



Salad Sponsor



Coffee Sponsor




Dessert Sponsor

AV Sponsor






People's United Bank


Plymouth State University





Citizens Bank


The Derryfield School




McLane Law Firm


New Hampshire Public Radio


Orr & Reno


Pax World Mutual Funds


Phillips Exeter Academy


Rath Young Pignatelli


St. Paul's School


Saint Anselm College


Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA




Friends of the Humanities


Northeast Delta Dental


Radisson Hotel Downtown Manchester


The Rowley Agency





For information on sponsorship opportunities for one of the state's best-attended gala events of the year,
contact Development Director Jessica Eshleman at 224-4071 or by e-mail.



Constitutionally Speaking presents NPR's Nina Totenberg

National Public Radio's award-winning legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg
will speak in Concord on Friday, October 2 at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts
in an event hosted by the Constitutionally Speaking project. Robin Young of WBUR's
Here and Now will interview Totenberg.


While this event is free, tickets are required. Tickets will be available on the
Capitol Center for the Arts website at on Thursday, September 10
at 9 a.m.


There is a limit of 4 tickets per person.

Totenberg's coverage of the Supreme Court and national legal affairs has won her
widespread recognition. In 1991, her ground-breaking report about University of Oklahoma Law Professor Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas led the Senate Judiciary Committee to re-open Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Hill's charges. NPR received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its gavel-to-gavel coverage — anchored by Totenberg — of both the original hearings and the inquiry into Anita Hill's allegations, and for Totenberg's reports and exclusive interview with Hill.

Totenberg has received numerous awards for her reporting, including the American Judicature Society's first-ever award honoring a career body of work in the field of journalism and the law. A frequent contributor to major newspapers and periodicals, she has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, The Harvard Law Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Parade Magazine, New York Magazine, and others.

Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS, and ABC television and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show.

Young has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable's Ace Award, the Religious Public Relations Council's Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio's regional Edward R. Murrow award.

Constitutionally Speaking is a collaboration of the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, the UNH School of Law, the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences at Dartmouth College, and the Live Free or Die Alliance. We are pleased to welcome New Hampshire Public Radio as a Constitutionally Speaking partner for this event.

This event is sponsored by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society as its annual King Lecture.

Learn more on the Constitutionally Speaking project website.


Thank you for joining us to celebrate our 40 Over 40 honorees

Our deepest thanks to all who joined us at the Grappone Center for a wonderful evening of celebration at our 40 Over 40 gala. Very special thanks to our partners, the Union Leader, the NH Business and Industry Association, and to our Sponsors Keene State College and Eckman Construction.


Read the Union Leader's page one article on the event.


View a gallery of photos from the event here.







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Join us for a guided hike up Mt. Moosilauke on September 20 with record-breaking thru hiker and author Jennifer Pharr Davis.
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