The Grapes of Wrath Big Read explores farming, cooking, arts, music and movies, and Steinbeck, the man and writer. Continuing a fifteen-library “community read” launched this fall, the Fireseed Alliance and collaborating organizations offer a broad array of programs offering a look back into Depression-era America and a look at how the book’s themes resonate today.

New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a Community Project Grant to support scholar-led talkbacks with theatre experts following a one-hour, two-actor dramatic production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This original adaptation explores Victor Frankenstein’s maddening journey of creation and failure.

Whose story becomes history? How is the question of “what happened” complicated by power and privilege? This Community Project Grant to Gorham Public Library, in collaboration with Berlin Public Library and White Mountains Community College’s Fortier Library, supports a four-part series about women of note in New England history.

Portsmouth, Milford, Canaan, and many other towns in New Hampshire have been home to natives of Africa and to African Americans for centuries, but their stories have often been left out of official histories.

 

It’s okay to act it out...

That’s the theme for 30 Pages in 30 Days, A Playwright Competition, Prescott Park Arts Festival’s new community engagement event, funded in part by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant.

For more than four decades, New Hampshire Humanities has championed a thriving trade in ideas, actively promoted the power of informed conversation, and forged enduring community connections through its work. It is time to build on that legacy by investing today in the essential human, technological, and physical resources that will strengthen the civic fabric of our communities for generations to come.

For more than 40 years, New Hampshire Humanities has provided opportunities for tens of thousands of Granite Staters to cultivate their curiosity, connect across cultures, and examine their beliefs and values. We’ve brought people together for face-to-face conversations about ideas that matter. And we’ve invited people to practice the skills of citizenship – to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with their neighbors.

Dialogues on the Experience of War is a book discussion series that uses ancient literature and contemporary readings to help veterans release and re-appropriate their experience of war and return. The facilitation model was developed by Roberta Stewart, Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College, who has conducted book discussions with and for veterans for nine years in the Upper Valley.

Dear Friends, 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the health of our civic life, and I’m worried. Worried that we’re unable to hear each other’s concerns underneath the personal attacks. Worried that complex issues are being reduced to simplistic sound bites. And worried that we’re not treating our fellow Americans with empathy and respect – whether we agree with them politically or not.

What does New Hampshire Humanities do to improve our civic life? Lots, actually.

Dennis Britton is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught since 2006. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Southern California, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a specialist in English Renaissance literature, and at UNH he regularly teaches courses on Shakespeare, early British literature, and religion and literature.

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