by Susan Hatem, Associate Director and Grants Coordinator
One story seems to elicit another. Our experience is that one oral history project inspires others, too. “Reminiscence isn’t a simplistic thing,” says folklorist, storyteller and historian Dr. Jo Radner. It’s a building block. It helps people understand who they are, both within a family and as an individual in society.”
As a supporter of New Hampshire Humanities, you understand the important role the humanities play in individual lives and in our communities, and how the humanities foster the skills we need to be productive citizens, think critically about complex issues, and engage in respectful discourse with our neighbors.
A monumental and far-reaching collaboration among nine New Hampshire libraries and Timberlane Regional High School, Community Stories: Soldiers Home & Away presents its final month of lectures, children’s and family programs, book discussions, and film screenings. The project, which takes its inspiration from Tim O’Brien’s classic Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried, examines the experience of war and the immense challenges faced by troops returning home.
What can poetry offer adults from all over the world who are just beginning to write in English? Carol Birch's ESOL students at the Dover Adult Learning Center were about to find out. During their four-part Connections book discussion series on Food, Family and Friendships, the class read How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina Freidman and illustrated by Allen Say.
At our 27th Annual Dinner in late September, New Hampshire Humanities continued a long tradition of hosting nationally and internationally-recognized keynote speakers, as we welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Jeffersonian scholar, Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed.
No stranger to New Hampshire, Dr. Gordon-Reed spoke of her arrival from Texas decades ago, and how she grew to love the state during her time at Dartmouth College.
Constitutionally Speaking and the University of New Hampshire School of Law are pleased to present a free public symposium on Crime and the Constitution on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord.
Supported in part by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant, thirteen libraries, three schools, and the independent book store in the Mount Washington Valley will hold discussions about the ethical and cultural questions raised in The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescues by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman. Events include programs on rescues in the White Mountains, the history of the U.S.
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.