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Please join us on Thursday, October 14 for the
2021 Annual Celebration of the Humanities
(Now exclusively virtual!)
While we were optimistic about gathering face-to-face, to ensure the safety of our supporters and speakers, New Hampshire Humanities has made the difficult decision to move our Annual Celebration to a fully virtual event, livestreamed from the Dana Center for the Humanities at Saint Anselm College.

As a celebration of the humanities and the power of human connection, our signature event will feature: 

  • Keynote speaker Lynn Novick, one of the country's most celebrated filmmakers. Novick will talk about a filmmaker’s responsibility to capture stories that otherwise would not be told and bring us behind the lens for a closer look at some of her best-known work

  • The opportunity to “meet” New Hampshire Humanities' new executive director, Michael Haley Goldman, who will facilitate an audience Q & A with Novick

  • A presentation of the Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities Award to JerriAnne Boggis, executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of NH, for her extraordinary contributions to the humanities in the Granite State.
Your ticket purchase to the Annual Celebration will help us continue to offer hundreds of programs that ignite conversation and open minds and hearts by inviting people to think, learn, and connect with one another. Please support the programs you love!
New Hampshire Humanities would like to thank the generous Annual Celebration sponsors, shown HERE, for making this event possible!

With her producing partners Sarah Botstein and filmmaker Ken Burns, Lynn Novick has tackled Prohibition, the Vietnam War, baseball, the Civil War, jazz music, and more. In 2019 she made her solo directorial debut with College Behind Bars, a film about the transformative power of higher education.

Photo-Illustration by Lauren Tamaki

College Behind Bars is Lynn Novick's documentary that was inspired by the Bard Prison Initiative, which provides people incarcerated in New York with the opportunity to obtain degrees from Bard College. Robert Scheer speaks with Lynn Novick and Jule Hall, a graduate of the Bard Prison Initiative. WATCH

Image courtesy of Jule Hall

In this episode of Facing Forward, Margaret Brennan talks to documentary filmmakers Lynn Novick and Ken Burns about living through one of the most fraught moments in history, filmmaking during the pandemic, and their documentary, Hemingway.

Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival
Help us celebrate the humanities, from wherever you are!

• Full access to the event
• Printed event program
• Special gifts mailed to you
*All ticket purchasers will be entered into a raffle to receive one of 50 one-year subscriptions to PBS Passport, thanks to our partnership with NHPBS.

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Celebrating of the Power of Human Connection:
A Filmmaker’s Lens on the Stories of Our Times

In her upcoming presentation on October 14, Lynn Novick will share the stories behind many of her best-known documentary projects, including these projects in collaboration with partners and PBS.
The Vietnam War

Lynn Novick and Ken Burns' ten-part, 18-hour series, The Vietnam War, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.

Hemingway, a three-part, six-hour documentary film by Lynn Novick and Ken Burns, examines the visionary work and the turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest and most influential writers America has ever produced. Interweaving his eventful biography — a life lived at the ultimately treacherous nexus of art, fame, and celebrity — with carefully selected excerpts from his iconic short stories, novels, and non-fiction, the series reveals the brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and complicated man behind the myth, and the art he created. 
College Behind Bars
This four-hour film series tells the inspiring, emotional, deeply human story of men and women struggling to earn college degrees while in prison for serious crimes. In four years of study they become accomplished scholars, shatter stereotypes, reckon with their pasts, and prepare to return to society. A groundbreaking exploration of incarceration, injustice, race in America, and the transformative power of education. 
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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.