Human Ties...
Staying connected across physical distance
From our executive director:

Your friends at New Hampshire Humanities recognize that we all find ourselves in trying times, where information about COVID-19 dominates our news cycles and social distancing keeps us from one another.
As we continue to reduce close contact between us to slow the spread of COVID-19, we at New Hampshire Humanities know our programs can provide a respite from the barrage of virus-related news and increased isolation. We're working to develop humanities content that can be accessed by computer or smartphone, and we'll deliver that through this special weekly email series (see below).
As we all avoid large gatherings, including our own programs, the staff at New Hampshire Humanities is dedicated to keeping you engaged with our work by converting our traditional model of face-to-face conversations with opportunities to share learning and connecting in this new digital space. No one should be isolated from ideas, or each other.

Stay well, and stay engaged!

Anthony Poore
Executive Director
Beyond viral: Check out this online exhibit from the Wellcome Collection that focuses on the human stories during historical outbreaks, and read the often misunderstood case of the woman known as “Typhoid Mary” in New York City. The exhibit explores six cases about the ways that society has responded to infectious diseases, and what lessons this holds for us today. 


Popular Humanities to Go presenter Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is an award-winning, NH-based fiddler/singer who has been performing professionally for over two decades, nationally and internationally. His music can be heard on radio stations in Ireland, Scotland and the U.S. On St. Patrick’s Day Jordan recorded this concert from his home. Watch it on Facebook here:  


Last fall, New Hampshire Humanities and NH Public Radio teamed up to create a podcast called “The Real Witches of New Hampshire.” Public Programs Manager Dr. Tricia Peone and NHPR’s Justine Paradis explored historical cases of witchcraft in New Hampshire along with the stories of modern practicing witches. Listen to the first episode here: 

Home this week with the kids?

Try some of these educational resources with lessons and activities from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian’s Learning Lab
Becky Kinhan
Communications Director

I recently watched this TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story , by the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In it she tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. WATCH OR LISTEN
Stay connected to ideas...and each other