For more than four decades, New Hampshire Humanities has championed a thriving trade in ideas, actively promoted the power of informed conversation, and forged enduring community connections through its work. It is time to build on that legacy by investing today in the essential human, technological, and physical resources that will strengthen the civic fabric of our communities for generations to come.
For more than 40 years, New Hampshire Humanities has provided opportunities for tens of thousands of Granite Staters to cultivate their curiosity, connect across cultures, and examine their beliefs and values. We’ve brought people together for face-to-face conversations about ideas that matter. And we’ve invited people to practice the skills of citizenship – to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with their neighbors.
Dialogues on the Experience of War is a book discussion series that uses ancient literature and contemporary readings to help veterans release and re-appropriate their experience of war and return. The facilitation model was developed by Roberta Stewart, Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College, who has conducted book discussions with and for veterans for nine years in the Upper Valley.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the health of our civic life, and I’m worried. Worried that we’re unable to hear each other’s concerns underneath the personal attacks. Worried that complex issues are being reduced to simplistic sound bites. And worried that we’re not treating our fellow Americans with empathy and respect – whether we agree with them politically or not.
What does New Hampshire Humanities do to improve our civic life? Lots, actually.
Dennis Britton is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught since 2006. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Southern California, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a specialist in English Renaissance literature, and at UNH he regularly teaches courses on Shakespeare, early British literature, and religion and literature.
Traveling, tented “chautauquas” were an immensely popular form of American adult education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today’s Chautauquas feature scholars portraying significant historical figures in first-person performances followed by a question-and-answer period with the character and the scholar. New Hampshire Humanities brought the modern Chautauqua movement to New Hampshire in the 1990s with week-long festivals in Portsmouth and Keene.
Where do the observational skills of an artist and a scientist intersect? How do art and science inspire and expand larger conversations about the world? AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, recipient of a New Hampshire Humanities grant, will host an opening reception for an exhibit that runs from September 9 through October 12 featuring works by photographer Rob Kesseler and sculptor Gar Waterman.
For fourteen years, America has been mired in war, war being waged by less than one percent of the population. The relatively small number of active military service members has widened a cultural gulf between the military and civilian sectors.
John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath has stirred and inspired readers for 77 years. The centerpiece of a multi-town community read funded in part by New Hampshire Humanities, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles one family’s forced migration to California – a microcosm of the widespread devastation of the Great Depression.