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A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters

Join us for our January & February Humanities@Home programs!

Friday, January 27, 5:00 pm (VIRTUAL)

Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

In our first Humanities@Home of 2023, Rebecca Erbelding will share the extraordinary story of the War Refugee Board, a U.S. government effort to save the remaining Jewish people of Europe late in WWII. The staff of the War Refugee Board gathered D.C. pencil pushers, international relief workers, smugglers, diplomats, millionaires, and rabble-rousers to run operations across four continents and a dozen countries. They tricked Nazis, forged identity papers, maneuvered food and medicine into concentration camps, and recruited spies. They leaked news stories, laundered money, negotiated ransoms, and funneled millions of dollars into Europe, ultimately saving tens of thousands of lives. Learn the story of these largely forgotten heroes in our free, online program. 

About the presenter: Rebecca Erbelding's book, Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe (Doubleday, 2018), won the National Jewish Book Award for excellence in writing based on archival research. She and her work are featured in the 2022 PBS documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust, directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, for which she served as a historical advisor. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from George Mason University and has been a historian, curator, and archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum since 2003.

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Friday, February 17 at 5:00 pm (VIRTUAL) 

Lift Every Voice and Swing

Vaughn A. Booker, Jr., Ph.D. showcases the religious lives of jazz greats such as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mary Lou Williams, from his book, Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century (NYU Press, 2020). Exploring the musicians’ expressions of faith, Dr. Booker shows how these jazz professionals enacted religious beliefs and practices that echoed, contested with, and diverged from the predominant African American religious culture of their time, allowing them to hold unconventional positions of religious authority. 

About the presenter: Vaughn A. Booker is a historian of religion whose scholarship focuses on twentieth-century African American religions. In American religious history and African American studies, his teaching and research include studies of religion and gender, leadership, conversion, popular music, humor, "race histories," memoir, visual/material culture, metaphysics/spirituality, memorialization/mourning, activism, and internationalism. His first book project, Lift Every Voice and Swing (NYU Press, 2020), won the 2022 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools. He was awarded a Distinguished Junior External Faculty Fellowship with the Stanford University Humanities Center for the 2022-2023 academic year, and in 2021, he was also awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

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Host or attend a Perspectives book group!

The Perspectives book discussion program has spread quickly across the state and we invite you to attend or host a book group at your own library, book club, or community organization! See below for a few of the upcoming book discussions you can attend, or learn how to host your own book group.

RSVP to the host to reserve your spot and your free book,

courtesy of New Hampshire Humanities' Perspectives book groups:

Jan. 18, 6:30 pm, hosted by Dunbarton Public Library (VIRTUAL)

Black Elk Speaks by Nicholas Black Elk DETAILS


Jan. 25, 1:00 pm, hosted by Hopkinton Town Library - Contoocook  

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O'Farrell DETAILS 


Jan. 26, 6:00 pm, hosted by Enfield Public Library  

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O'Farrell DETAILS 


Feb. 7, 6:00 pm, hosted by Jaffrey Public Library (VIRTUAL)

Becoming Beauvoir by Kate Kirkpatrick DETAILS


Feb. 8, 6:30 pm, hosted by Dover Public Library (VIRTUAL)

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. DETAILS

For more information about the books and scholar facilitators, visit or email us at

Upcoming Grant-Funded Programs

theatre KAPOW:

Expanding the Canon 3,

A Play Reading Circle  

Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm   


Supported by a NHH Community Project Grant, theatre KAPOW is hosting a free study of works by contemporary Native playwrights. In February, they will discuss Este Cate by Nicholson Billey (Chahta and Mvskoke People of Oklahoma). Guest dramaturg Danielle Soames, a theatre artist from the Mohawk Nation, will facilitate the discussion. Sign up in advance to be emailed a pdf copy of the play, a dramaturgical packet with contextual information, and the Zoom link for the discussion. Register here

Temple Beth Abraham:

City of Nashua Yom HaShoah Observance 

Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 pm

Temple Beth Abraham, in partnership with Rivier University, will host its annual citywide, interfaith observance of Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April 18 at 7:00 pm at the Dion Center on Clement Street in Nashua. Information

Upcoming Grant Deadlines & a Workshop

January 15: Major Community Project Grant proposals (up to $10K) are due.  

For more information and to access the application materials, click here.


February 15, 3 pm: Applying for a Community Project Grant Workshop

Interested in applying for a Community Project Grant? Attend this Zoom-based workshop to learn more about NHH’s grant criteria and the application process. Register

Mini Community Project Grants applications (up to $2K) are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here.

Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare

What is the relationship between the humanities and medicine? Read how LNA students at the International Institute of New England in Manchester and their teacher, Hannah Jean, used children's literature to explore how healthcare practitioners can draw on the humanities when caring for their patients. Read the story

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NEH announces grants for humanities projects nationwide

This week the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $28.1 million in grants for 204 humanities projects across the country.

“The range, diversity, and creativity of these new projects speak to the wealth of humanities ideas and deep engagement of humanities practitioners across our country,” said NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo). “From Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Hilo, Hawai‘i, NEH funding reaches thousands of towns and communities, supporting local organizations, fostering creative projects, and providing access to high-quality humanities for all Americans.”

New Hampshire Humanities congratulates Connor Mills of Dartmouth College who received a $60,000 award from the NEH for American Bases, Japanese Towns: Everyday Life and Militarization of Post-Ward Japan, 1945-1958. Read more


The City We Became

by N.K. Jemisin

Recommended by Rebecca Boisvert,

Director of Development

The City We Became, by four-time Hugo Award-winning author N. K. Jemisin and the first book in The Great Cities Duology, was recommended to me by Beth Salerno, a former New Hampshire Humanities Board member. In this urban fantasy novel, New York City is the setting in which the city becomes sentient through human avatars. Its soul is a disheveled street kid, but when he falls into a magical coma, five more avatars, representing each of the five boroughs, are awoken to help him combat the evil darkness that is overtaking the city. The novel “…is a love letter, a celebration, and an expression of hope and belief that a city and its people can and will stand up to darkness, will stand up to fear, and will, when called to, stand up for each other.” (NPR Book Review by Steve Mullis, March 2020)

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New Hampshire Humanities (NHH) 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 NHH.