"What Does Democracy Look Like?"

New Hampshire Humanities and the Currier Museum of Art hosted a special program on May 23 featuring the writing and photography of veterans who participated in a March workshop led by Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent David Wood and international photo journalist Andrea Bruce.

What does Democracy look like? What does it mean to serve your country? How does one person effect change? Veterans came together to reflect upon these questions and how to express in words and images their own experience of war and homecoming. On May 23, these veterans read from their works in progress and show their images on a big screen. View our online gallery of veterans' stories and photography or click HERE for a short video about the event, produced by Vetflix.

(Photo by Jack Mallory)


For veterans and their friends & families:

Has the road home and adjustment back to civilian life been harder and longer than you expected? As a spouse or family member, have you struggled with changes created by deployment and homecoming? Join us for a weekly reading and discussion group for veterans, family members & friends of veterans.

The ancient tale of Odysseus’ epic 10-year journey home from the Trojan War has much to tell us about the challenges of homecoming. The Odyssey reveals timeless and universal truths about trauma, duty and honor, personal sacrifice, life at home, and readjustment. Veterans, current service members, family members, and close personal friends of veterans are invited to attend this 10-week reading and discussion group co-led by a veteran, clinician, and literature facilitator. The program is uses a model developed by Professor Roberta Stewart of Dartmouth College. Free copies of the book will be provided at the first session.

Please contact New Hampshire Humanities at 603-224-4071 about future sessions in this series.


“These are the conversations the

world needs to have.”

– Afghanistan veteran and facilitator Brendan O’Byrne, Dialogues on the Experience of War & Homecoming

(Click on image for a short video about the Dialogues on the Experience of War project)




Recent news articles about the Dialogues project:

New Hampshire Public Radio, The Exchange with Laura Knoy
(Voted the #1 show on The Exchange)
Ancient Tales, Modern Warriors: Veterans Look to The Odyssey for Help Adjusting to Civilian Life

Portsmouth Herald
Veterans take "The Odyssey" back home, reading program assists in post-war lives

New Hampshire Humanities Calendar
From Troy to Baghdad...to New Hampshire: A Reflection on Dialogues of War

WOKQ Radio, Reporter's File
Dialogues on the Experience of War Interview

New Hampshire Union Leader
With Dartmouth professor's push, New Hampshire veterans finding that 'Homer gets it'

Caledonian Record
Veterans Reading Program to Launch in Littleton

Radio Interview on WLTN-Littleton
Kathy Mathis and Lon Weston discuss Troy to Baghdad: Dialogues on the Experience of War


New Hampshire Humanities and NH PBS continue to present preview screenings & facilitated community discussions of The Vietnam War.

The week before millions of viewers watched the premiere of Ken Burns’ new landmark documentary, The Vietnam War, New Hampshire Humanities partnered with NH PBS to host a series of preview film screenings and facilitated discussions, free and open to all, in many communities around the state. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells an epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the film explores the human dimensions of the war through testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it—as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. The documentary series is available online at www.pbs.org. View the trailer HERE


Vietnam and Beyond

The 2017 premiere of Ken Burns’ long-awaited documentary on the Vietnam War is spurring conversations across our country. Our hope is that this training will inspire and equip you to lead deep discussions in your respective communities. We’d like to help.

New Hampshire Humanities offers grants to nonprofits that enable you to design and host public programs with the help of experts in philosophy, history, literature, legal studies, or other humanities disciplines relevant to your topic. Your projects can introduce new knowledge, invite face to face conversations, and encourage reflection on timely - or timeless - questions.Talk to us about:

• Community Grants: from $100 up to $10,000 awarded six times a year
• Connections to scholars, presenters, and trained facilitators
• Advice on formats, budgets, grant writing, and evaluation
• Statewide publicity for New Hampshire Humanities-funded projects
• Generating audiences and impact

 A sampling of project ideas related to Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War documentary:

•  Book one of two Humanities to Go programs based on short videos exerpted from The Vietnam War documentary, followed by a facilitated discussion. www.nhhumanities.org/humanitiestogo.
• A series of facilitated discussions using a one-hour screener of the documentary and questions geared to topics raised by the film
•  A guest speaker, author, war correspondent, or filmmaker  
•  A facilitated book discussion series for civilians and veterans in your community
•  A panel discussion around a specific question such as “What does it mean to serve?”
•  A writing workshop with selected NH authors for veterans and family members
•  A film or film series with facilitator/moderator/veteran(s)  
•  An oral history workshop for teachers followed by a project involving high school students who interview veterans; selected stories published on social and print media
•  A series on social activism in the 60s – civil rights, anti-war movement, women’s liberation
•  A series of programs on Vietnam and Vietnamese people: culture, religion, art, politics, history
•  Facilitated conversations or a roundtable discussion with Vietnamese and scholars in New Hampshire.

For more information, contact Susan Hatem: shatem@nhhumanities.org, or Kathy Mathis: kmathis@nhhumanities.org, call 603-224-4071, or see the guidelines and deadlines on our website at www.nhhumanities.org/grants.