Human Ties
Staying connected across physical distance
For this week’s Humanities to Go Online , Dr. Dennis Britton (UNH) will present “My Problem with White Jesus” as part of our Black Thought series on Friday, June 26 at 5pm . This will be a live presentation via Zoom and it’s free! See our website for details and to register. You can find more information about this program and the Black Thought series here .
Check out this essay by historian Dr. Erin Bartram from Contingent Magazine about how historians evaluate the actions of people in the past, including famous historical figures. She explains why the popular cliché “don’t we have to judge people by the standards of their time?” is missing important perspectives.
If you missed out on our first digital Ideas on Tap event last week, you can watch or listen to the program with panelists Melanie Plenda, Jim Schachter , and Jay Schadler . Be sure to check out the suggestions for further information and our tips on how to deal with fake news.
Listen to this short interview with Dr. Kabria Baumgartner (UNH) about her new book, In Pursuit of Knowledge . Dr. Baumgartner spoke with NHPR about the history of violence against integrated schools in New Hampshire. She will join us on July 10 for a talk on race, disease, and death. Register here .
This week New Hampshire Humanities bids farewell to Susan Hatem , and thanks her for her many years of service to the Granite State. We asked Susan for a parting staff pick of the week and here's what she shared:

Of the many roles I have had at New Hampshire Humanities, my favorite has been grants manager, and my favorite type of project is a “community read.” After re-reading The Grapes of Wrath for one of these projects, I went on a Steinbeck rampage. On a trip to California, I even forced my family to stop at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas and Cannery Row in Monterey. As I take leave of New Hampshire Humanities, a quote from East of Eden seems apt: " And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world." Keep thinking. And exploring!
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