In New Hampshire Humanities’ "Year of New Voices" project, Ewa Chrusciel will serve as one of the professional writers partnering with English learners to share their poems or stories in public readings. Here, Ewa reflects on her linguistic journey in Polish and later English and her upcoming role as mentor of new bilingual writers.
This summer we said goodbye to someone who embodies the mission and spirit of New Hampshire Humanities, longtime program director Dr. Kathy Mathis. In every project Kathy has envisioned and brought to life, participants have been challenged to consider new knowledge, different perspectives, and our shared humanity.
We’re pleased to present the first issue of our now quarterly publication, fresh off the press and dressed in a lively title: Engage! After an extensive search for just the right name, we think the title perfectly sums up our work and what we’re inviting you to do – ENGAGE!
What makes a good story? “It’s when I become you,” an ESOL student once said in his class. Much of Beth Olshansky’s workshop for teachers, “Creating Identity Texts in the Multilingual Classroom,” offers a process - beginning with art - to create stories that help readers enter a story so deeply they become the child they are reading about.
Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera had just arrived at the Adult Learning Center in Nashua, his second day with New Hampshire Humanities' Connections program. "For me," a student tells him, "the Learning Center is my second house."
First Lady of New Hampshire Valerie Sununu hosted a reception to welcome and celebrate our new executive director Anthony Poore in May at the Bridges House, the Governor’s official residence. If you haven’t yet met Anthony, please feel free to drop him a note at firstname.lastname@example.org!