Join New Hampshire Humanities and Claudia Rankine, New York Times bestselling poet, MacArthur "Genius" award recipient, and speaker for the keynote event in our A “Good” Citizen spring series.

What do we expect from our fellow citizens? How do our identities shape the ways we are perceived as citizens? And, perhaps more importantly, what are our obligations to each other as members of society? Join us and explore these questions with Claudia Rankine as she discusses what it means to be a “good” citizen today, at a moment when the rights and responsibilities of citizens are not universally understood or shared.
An Evening with Claudia Rankine:
What Makes a "Good" Citizen?
Thursday, May 26 at the REX Theatre, Manchester 

Attend in person OR online!
This lecture is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. 

To attend in person at The Rex Theatre at 4 pm, click here.
To attend via the livestream starting at 5 pm, click here.
Coming up soon...
Monday, June 6 at 5:30 pm (virtual)
Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II
Presented by Matthew F. Delmont  

Join us on Zoom for the final installment of our A "Good" Citizen series. Over one million Black men and women served in World War II. Black troops were at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and the Battle of the Bulge, serving in segregated units and performing unheralded but vital support jobs, only to be denied housing and educational opportunities on their return home. Drawing on his upcoming book, Half American, Dartmouth history professor Matthew Delmont explores how Black troops played a vital role in helping the Allies win WWII and returned to America to fight for civil rights and democracy on the home front. Please join us for an inspiring history of bravery and patriotism in the face of unfathomable racism.
Perspectives book groups
Host a book group in your community!
Perspectives offers facilitated group book discussions in virtual or in-person settings. We welcome applications from all New Hampshire libraries, established book groups, or community organizations. NHH provides the facilitators and copies of books -- you provide the eager readers! For more information, visit our website.
NHH grant-supported events
Monday, May 16 at 6:30 PM

Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, will speak in conversation with Dr. Monica Chiu, UNH Professor of English, at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center in Plaistow. This talk is part of Bitter Injustice: The Japanese-American Internment of World War II, a multi-community reading initiative marking the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which forced 120,000 people of Japanese descent out of their homes and into detention camps. RSVP
Tuesday May 17 at 7:00 PM

Join English teacher Nancy Hughes for a virtual discussion, The Bridges that Connect within Aminatta Forna's Happiness. Hughes will lead a discussion of Forna’s novel Happiness (2018) and ask participants to consider: “What single word do you most identify with?” This event is the next in Brewster Academy’s series, Our Shared Humanity. Register here
Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 PM

The Hampstead Public Library will host a screening of George Takei's Allegiance. Inspired by Takei's childhood, this musical tells the story of Takei and his family’s wrongful imprisonment alongside other Japanese Americans in U.S. internment camps during WWII. This program is part of the multi-community reading initiative Bitter Injustice: The Japanese-American Internment of World War II. RSVP
Tuesday, May 24 at 7 PM: Join Brewster Academy for the next talk in their virtual speaker series Our Shared Humanity: “Leading Across Difference.” Moderator Craig Gemmel will lead a panelists Senator Jeb Bradley, Linda Murray, and Karen Boykin-Towns in a discussion exploring how they endeavor to lead across difference. Register here
Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 PM: In celebration of the town of Loudon's 250th anniversary in 2023, the Loudon Historical Society will present their new mobile exhibit, Traveling Trunks. Each trunk holds artifacts and information about Loudon’s history and can be rented by organizations or schools to learn more about the town’s past. For details, email the Loudon Historical Society at, call 783-4671, or visit  

For even more programs and events happening across New Hampshire, visit our online calendar. If you haven't yet seen our spring Engage! news, read more about our work here!
Deadlines & reminders
Focus Grants fund public humanities projects that explore what it means to “build a more perfect union” or be an “informed citizen” in a democracy and are accepted on a rolling basis until all remaining funds are dispersed. For more information click here.

May 25 at 3 PM, Virtual Workshop: An Introduction to Community Project Grants
Learn about the Community Project Grant application process and tips for submitting a competitive proposal. Register here.
May 31: SHARP Grant interim reports due to NHH
Click here to access the report documents or submit a report.

June 15: Major Community Project Grant draft proposals due 
For more information and to access the application materials, click here

July 15: Major Community Project Grant proposals due  
For more information and to access the application materials, click here.
Miss a program?

Miss a talk in our spring series, A “Good” Citizen? Access the recordings and catch up here!
Support the programs you love
In less than two weeks, from June 7 at 5 pm - June 8 at 5 pm, New Hampshire Humanities will participate in NH Gives, a 24-hour fundraising event to celebrate and support New Hampshire’s diverse nonprofit community. Please mark your calendars and support the programs you love by sharing or forwarding our messages and if you are able, by making a gift of any amount. Thank you in advance!
Staff pick!

Crash Course
Catherine Winters, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
These free, educational videos cover topics across the humanities—literature, history, theatre, philosophy—and beyond. Started by the Green brothers, John and Hank, the channel has grown over the last ten years and covers material found in college-level courses. Each video is about 15 minutes long and offers a fun way to learn or refresh your knowledge! There is also a companion channel for younger viewers, Crash Course Kids. My most recent favorite is the series on Games. Learn more 
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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.