Dialogues on the Experience of War & Homecoming:

A weekly reading and discussion group for veterans and service members

The ancient tale of Odysseus’ epic 10-year journey home from the Trojan War has much to tell us about the challenges of homecoming for today’s combat veterans. Contemporary literature combines with The Odyssey to reveal timeless and universal truths about combat trauma, duty and honor, personal sacrifice, and readjustment. Veterans and current service members are invited to attend this 14-week reading and discussion group co-led by facilitator teams of veterans, clinicians, and content experts. Free copies of the readings will be provided to participants. For more information about Dialogues on the Experience of War & Homecoming, click HERE.

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The Transformative and Incendiary Power of the Editorial Cartoon

New Hampshire Humanities received a $30,000 grant from the Pulitzer Foundation for a project that explored the editorial cartoon with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists Signe Wilkinson and Joel Pett, and humanities scholars Jytte Klausen and Victor Navasky. A public forum featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists and humanities scholars was held at the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. Boston Globe Political Editor Felice Belman moderated the panel discussion, which drew a sold out audience for a lively discussion of cartooning and First Amendment Rights. In March 2016 we hosted a conference for high school students led by Souhegan High School Ethics teacher Chris Brooks, the seventh annual HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) Day. The conference drew more than 1,200 high school students and teachers who took part in lively group discussions on an array of First Amendment issues, and an informative panel discussion with our panel of experts. New Hampshire Humanities is proud to be a sponsor of HYPE 2017. For more information and a video about HYPE, please click HERE.

Standing Together:

The Humanities and the Experience of War

by Kathy Mathis, Program Director

Since 9/11, two and a half million American soldiers have served in the military. At the same time, never before has the public been more disconnected from those who experience war. When men and women return home from deployment, it is a challenge for members of the public to know how to speak with them about their war experiences. Neither do many veterans know how to bridge the communication gap. New Hampshire Humanities has launched Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War & Homecoming, a two-pronged program that includes a documentary based on veterans’ stories and a veterans-only series of facilitated book discussions based on a model that indirectly addresses issues of war through the use of Homer’s classic narratives in partnership with Dartmouth College. Standing Together will utilize the power of storytelling and dialogue to address both the experience of war in its many guises and the social and cultural barriers that challenge returning soldiers. How does one heal from the trauma of war? What can we in New Hampshire do to better integrate veterans into their home communities after active duty? What obligations do we owe those who are ready to die for our country? How has the shift from a national draft to volunteer forces changed the relationship between veterans and civilians? To learn more, please visit www.nhhumanities.org/veterans.