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We're celebrating National Arts & HUMANITIES Month!

Join us in Littleton for our next Ideas on Tap!

(L-R) John Bassett, Granite State News Collaborative; Marek Bennett, Cartoonist; Geoff Forester, Concord Monitor; and Erin Petenko, VTDigger

Tuesday, 10/25, 5:30 pm 

I’ll Believe It When I See It:

Images in the News   

Schilling Beer Co., 18 Mill Street, Littleton

People say a picture is worth a thousand words, but no one ever said that we all agree what those words are! Images have become an increasingly important part of journalism over the last several decades, but how are we meant to understand them? This panel invites the people who make those images to talk about how visuals express information, how we can understand the images, and the work that goes into creating them.

Join us for a special "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" event, featuring Mike Pride & Daniela Allee

(Free & open to the public, in person or virtual)

Stop Scrolling!

Journalism, Objectivity & the Future of News

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, Rex Theatre, Manchester

Journalism and media are changing in ways we can’t predict and often find uncomfortable. Balancing biases, rooting out mis/disinformation, and slogging through a never-ending news cycle is overwhelming, especially with the internet’s infinite information. If the newspaper was the pinnacle of the last great information age, where is journalism headed today? How do we navigate available content and our responsibilities as readers? And how do we use all that information to do something besides be overwhelmed?

This conversation, moderated by Dr. Kimberly Lauffer of Keene State University, will bring together Mike Pride, historian, author, former editor of the Concord Monitor, and Pulitzer Prize committee member, and Daniela Allee, Spanish News Managing Editor of NH Public Radio. They will consider how the history of journalism can help us make sense of the “news” today, as well as the present and future state of news media.


Join us for a pre-program reception at 5:00 pm, with the conversation beginning at 6:30 pm.

Register for the LIVE event at 5:30 pm HERE

Register for the VIRTUAL event at 6:30 pm HERE

180 Years of New Hampshire Hospital

Friday, November 18, 5:30 pm (VIRTUAL)

Who lived and worked in New Hampshire Hospital during its 180-year history? From its founding as the New Hampshire Asylum for the Insane in 1842, the hospital has experienced enormous changes and challenges. Dr. Paul Shagoury, former chief psychologist at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord, will draw on both historical records and personal accounts left by patients, nurses, and doctors, showing how their personal experiences at the hospital reveal a larger story – one filled with hope and practicality, successes, and disappointments – about our society’s attempts to understand and treat what we now call mental illness. 

New Books, New Perspectives

Attend OR host a book discussion in your area!

The Perspectives book discussion program is spreading 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.

Oct. 25, 6:30 pm, hosted by Gilmanton Year Round Library

The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak  DETAILS

Oct. 26, 6:00 pm Hosted by Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library, Brentwood

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine  DETAILS

Nov. 2, 7:00 pm, hosted by East Kingston Public Library

Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine  DETAILS

     Nov. 3, 6:00 pm, hosted by Hill Library, Strafford

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings

of Plantsby Robin Wall Kimmerer  DETAILS

Nov. 4, 11:00 am, hosted by Frost Free Library, Marlborough

 Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings

of Plantsby Robin Wall Kimmerer  DETAILS

Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm, hosted by Dover Public Library

 Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings

of Plantsby Robin Wall Kimmerer  DETAILS

Nov. 10 at 6:00 pm, hosted by Richmond Public Library

When All Is Said, by Anne Griffin DETAILS

How do you host a book discussion in your library, book club or other location?

Easy to book and coordinate, Perspectives take place in virtual or in-person settings. We provide expert facilitators to lead the discussions and free copies of the book for all group members – you only need to provide the eager readers!

Check out this updated list of books and scholar facilitators and sign up today to bring a Perspectives book discussion to your community. 

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NHH Grant-Supported Events

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:00 pm

William W. Treat Lecture Series: Renewing Trust in Democracy: Equal Access to Justice 

Join NH Civics for a William W. Treat lecture with Margaret (Maggie) Goodlander, Counsel to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in conversation with Laura Knoy, in Renewing Trust in Democracy: Equal Access to Justice. This is a hybrid event taking place at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord and via Zoom. DETAILS

Saturday, Nov. 5, 10:00 am 

Dawnland StoryFest 

Hosted by Strawbery Banke Museum, this is a day-long event featuring storytelling performances by five experienced Indigenous storytellers, as well as a keynote address by Gayle Ross (Cherokee), which will also be broadcast on Zoom for virtual attendees. Attendees are invited to attend a “Swapping Grounds” story-sharing session to share a prepared traditional Native American lesson story—or just to listen. Free with a suggested donation of $10. DETAILS

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2:00 pm 

Expanding the Canon 3: A Play Reading Circle 

In its third Expanding the Canon play reading circle, theatre KAPOW will host a free study of five works by contemporary Native playwrights. This November, they will discuss Smoke by Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora). 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. DETAILS

Through Oct. 30

One River Many Views exhibit at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, Cornish

One River, Many Views features the work of artists and community members responding to the Connecticut River’s beauty, power, and history. Their responses – reflective, celebratory, or interrogatory – highlight the diverse histories and relationships people share with this imposing body of water. DETAILS

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Upcoming Deadlines

Have an idea for a Humanities to Go presentation?

We're accepting new presentation proposals until October 31. For more information and to access the application materials, click HERE.

Major Community Project Grant proposals are due Dec. 15. 

Mini Community Project Grant proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. 

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


Black New England Conference

A Virtual/Hybrid Conference, October 21 - 22

Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

The 16th annual Black New England Conference will review the legal framework that supported institutional practices that were barriers to wealth for non-whites, and explore the challenges and history of the social and cultural environment that supported practices such as racial zoning, redlining, school segregation, and government-sanctioned racism. The conference will also celebrate the success stories of both individuals and institutions that serve as beacons of hope for current generations. DETAILS

Watch the NEH 2022 Jefferson Lecture

October 19, 6:30 pm, streamed online at

Andrew Delbanco, the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, will deliver the 2022 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. NEH’s Jefferson Lecture is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Delbanco's lecture, “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future,” will be delivered on October 19 at 6:30 pm in Washington, D.C. and streamed on the NEH website. In his remarks, Delbanco will address reparations for slavery in the U.S., using history, philosophy, and literature to examine a wide range of perspectives on the debate. Read more about Andrew Delbanco

Staff pick of the month

The Art of Gathering, by Priya Parker

Recommended by Lynn Douillette

I work for an organization whose programs are designed to bring people together, so it’s no surprise I was drawn to the title of this book. In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker contends that many of the occasions at which we gather – from meetings to grand events – have become routine and devoid of much meaning. Like many, the pandemic has made me assess the value of the time spent with others in new ways, most certainly in the decisions we make about what we choose to attend. What I found in this book was a read that used interesting anecdotal stories and unique approaches to fostering those magic moments of togetherness in which we feel deeply connected. 

Fall 2022 Engage!: Making Connections in Literature & Life

We hope you'll enjoy the fall issue of Engage!, which highlights New Hampshire Humanities' literature-based programs and includes stories of the deep impact these programs have on participants across the state and beyond. READ

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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.