“Isn’t this supposed to be a tragedy?” begins Stacie,* a mother participating in a Connections book discussion at Goffstown State Prison for Women. “Sometimes I think Shakespeare is making fun of Romeo and Juliet.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced the first recipients of its new Humanities Access grant, a program offering significant grants to help enhance and support existing cultural programs for youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.

Last fall’s Grapes of Wrath project, carried out in fifteen NH towns with support from New Hampshire Humanities, inspired Russell Bastedo, retired State of New Hampshire Division of Cultural Resources Curator, to share this reflection:

"Our Community" is the theme of this year's Family Literacy Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2 - 5 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Students enrolled in the New Hampshire Humanities Connections book discussion groups through our participating adult literacy partners are invited to attend along with their family members.