By Scott Eaton, Humanities to Go presenter                      

A multi-group collaboration among thirteen historical societies, museums, and libraries is underway with a project called “Over There, Over Here: WWI and Life in New Hampshire Communities,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Exhibits, programs, lectures, and book readings will take place in eight towns through November. The following program takes place in July:

New Hampshire Humanities is thrilled to announce that renowned author and scientist Dr. Steven Pinker will present the keynote address at our 2017 Annual Dinner on Wednesday, October 25 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.

by Susan MacDonald Hatem, Associate Director

Sixty years after Peyton Place scandalized the country, the novel and film seem almost a diversion from the scandals of the current day. But the life story of its author raises essential questions: to what extent does fiction reflect culture or shape it? Can one be ruined by a book? Through Humanities to Go, scholar Robert B. Perreault sheds light on these questions in his program "Before Peyton Place: In Search of the Real Grace Metalious."

Here’s a sampling of the programs available to bring to your community through our Humanities to Go speakers bureau:


Evolving English: From Beowulf & Chaucer to Texts & Tweets

Author Eric Liu explored "Citizen Power" in a public talk at the Currier Museum of Art in April in the William W. Treat Lecture presented by Constitutionally Speaking in partnership with the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education and New Hampshire Humanities. Liu’s enthusiastic audience included Justice David Souter (above right), who thanked Liu for his informative and uplifting talk.

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, in partnership with The Monadnock Center for History and Culture, presents "Sowing Seeds of Democracy: Integrating Civics In Elementary School and Beyond," featuring national experts and New Hampshire educators with practical and useful ideas for engaging our youngest citizens and integrating civics into the classroom.

With support from a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant, The Fells Estate & Historic Gardens in Newbury presents a series about one of the greatest presidents in our nation’s history, Abraham Lincoln.

Humanities to Go presenter Bob Cottrell brought along his beloved Chinook dog "Tug" when giving his talk, "Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog." Sadly, Tug passed away in April, but will be remembered by the thousands who enjoyed his antics at winter carnivals, Chinook events, and New Hampshire Humanities programs. Bob will continue to present "Harnessing History" in honor of Tug and all the great Chinooks of New Hampshire.