The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck’s masterful novel about poverty and suffering, strength and resilience, was the cornerstone of a successful collaboration spanning fifteen towns in southern New Hampshire this fall, supported in part by a New Hampshire Humanities community project grant and coordinated by the Fireseed Alliance.

New Hampshire Humanities has received a $20,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation to support its Connections adult literacy program. New Hampshire Humanities Connections is a book discussion program offered statewide in partnership with adult basic education and ESOL classes, the prisons, and refugee resettlement organizations to promote English language skills, nurture a culture of reading, and support family literacy.

Essay by Jason H., Connections participant, based on the book "The Plan," by Alison Paul, with pictures by Barbra Lehman

“A good plan always starts with an idea and a pencil.” So begins a story Jason H. wrote for his three children during a Connections book discussion series on the theme of imagination. Participants read a simple children’s picture book and then wrote a corresponding story. Jason continues, “You’re going to want to write it down if it’s a fantastic idea worth remembering. May has decided she wants to fly to the planet Saturn using her mom’s old airplane.

According to environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, “Climate change is actually the biggest thing that’s going on every single day.” In response, the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University, with support from New Hampshire Humanities, has produced a documentary film focused on climate change adaptation and resiliency in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region.

Dialogues on the Experience of War & Homecoming 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. Groups are underway in Manchester, Portsmouth and Lebanon, and all veterans and current service members are invited to join our Hanover group starting in January.

At the national celebration of the Pulitzer Centennial, New Hampshire Humanities was recognized for its HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) program in a speech given by Keven Willey, co-chair of the Pulitzer Board.

Underscoring the importance of humanities projects like HYPE, Willey remarked, “It has never, ever, been more important than it is right now to focus on the values of engagement, enlightenment, truth telling and inspiration.” 

If you haven’t yet seen our new Humanities to Go Catalog, here's a preview of some of the enticing new programs that will pique your curiosity! Watch for these and other new titles in our upcoming print and e-versions of the Calendar

by Ann-Maria Contarino, Dialogues on the Experience of War Team Manchester Facilitator

Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course…

by Catherine Kaplan, Humanities to Go Coordinator