New Hampshire Humanities is thrilled to announce that renowned author and scientist Dr. Steven Pinker will present the keynote address at our 2017 Annual Dinner on Wednesday, October 25 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.

by Susan MacDonald Hatem, Associate Director

Sixty years after Peyton Place scandalized the country, the novel and film seem almost a diversion from the scandals of the current day. But the life story of its author raises essential questions: to what extent does fiction reflect culture or shape it? Can one be ruined by a book? Through Humanities to Go, scholar Robert B. Perreault sheds light on these questions in his program "Before Peyton Place: In Search of the Real Grace Metalious."

Here’s a sampling of the programs available to bring to your community through our Humanities to Go speakers bureau:


Evolving English: From Beowulf & Chaucer to Texts & Tweets

Author Eric Liu explored "Citizen Power" in a public talk at the Currier Museum of Art in April in the William W. Treat Lecture presented by Constitutionally Speaking in partnership with the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education and New Hampshire Humanities. Liu’s enthusiastic audience included Justice David Souter (above right), who thanked Liu for his informative and uplifting talk.