Open Questions

"Open Questions” is a new program presented by New Hampshire Humanities. This series explores essential questions about meaning and life that are important to Granite Staters. Each program is facilitated by philosophy professors using a thought-provoking discussion format. You can bring this program to your community by hosting an event on any of the topics listed below. We are now accepting Humanities to Go applications to host Open Questions programs scheduled after July 1, 2019. For questions about this series, please send an email to

Open Questions programs are
available on the following topics:
  • Should We Fear Death? (Facilitated by Kiki Berk)

  • Are We Working Too Hard? (Facilitated by Kiki Berk and Joshua Tepley)

  • Is Capital Punishment Right or Wrong? (Facilitated by Max Latona and Timm Triplett)

  • What Does it Mean to be an American? (Facilitated by Max Latona and Joshua Tepley)

  • Are We What We Eat? (Facilitated by Maria Sanders)

  • Is Privacy Dead? (Facilitated by Maria Sanders)

  • Can Machines Think? (Facilitated by Joshua Tepley)

  • Does Truth Matter? (Facilitated by Joshua Tepley)

 Open Questions Facilitators:

Dr. Kiki Berk is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern New Hampshire University and currently holds the Papoutsy Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the VU University Amsterdam in 2010. Her current research interests include value theory (especially happiness), analytic existentialism (especially the meaning of life), and the philosophy of death.  

Max Latona, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Anselm College, and Executive Director of the College's Center for Ethics in Business and Governance. He is also co-founder and President of Inti Academy, a non-profit that serves refugee, immigrant, and underprivileged children in the Manchester, NH area. Having earned his doctorate in philosophy from Boston College in 2001, Dr. Latona has published numerous articles in philosophy and has been teaching philosophy and ethics for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Maria Sanders is a philosophy professor and coordinates the Philosophy program at Plymouth State University. Dr. Sanders also hosts a weekly radio program on WPCR-Plymouth (91.7 FM) entitled Philosophy 4 Life which offers a public forum for philosophical discourse. She also co-hosts a television show, Happiness Quest, on Pemi-Baker Cable TV and is currently leading a town-wide "Happiness Quest" in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Dr. Joshua Tepley is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Anselm College, where he has worked since 2012. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Bucknell University (2004) and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (2013). His current research interests include Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy (especially Heidegger and Sartre) and Analytic Metaphysics (especially ontology and free will). 

Timm Triplett is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Hampshire. He teaches courses on a variety of topics and has published work in ethics, epistemology, and other areas. His 2014 book Morality's Critics and Defenders: A Philosophical Dialogue, concerns how the idea of a universal morality has been criticized and how it might be justified. He has conducted philosophy workshops with elementary school children and has taught a seminar for undergraduates focused on introducing philosophy into the pre-college classroom.


Upcoming Events

"What Does It Mean to Be an American?"
Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 pm
Facilitated by Dr. Max Latona and Dr. Joshua Tepley
Folsom Tavern, Exeter

Past Events

Our first "Open Questions" program,
"What Does It Mean to be an American?",
was held on February 7, 2019 at Concord
Public Library. Click the graphic for
the program description and facilitators.






On April 2nd in Plymouth, we hosted an
"Open Questions" program called "Are We
What We Eat?" at the Pease Public Library.
Click the graphic for the program
description and facilitator information.






On April 4th in Portsmouth, we hosted
an "Open Questions" program called
"Are We Working Too Hard?" at the
Portsmouth Public Library. Click the
graphic for the program description
and facilitator information.






Further Resources:

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is
an excellent resource for state-of-the-art
introductions to virtually every area of

New York Times’ blog on contemporary
philosophical issues:

Maria Sanders’ Phliosophy4Life programs:

New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible
in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or
recommendations expressed in this these programs
do not necessarily represent those of the NEH
or New Hampshire Humanities.