Connections Blog

2021

Peace is Like Martin Luther

Date: May 25th, 2021

By Sunita Pereira and Mary Nolin

April is National Poetry Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the importance of poets and their poetry in our history, culture, and everyday lives. Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the International Institute of New England (IINE) in Manchester have been using and writing their own poems to learn English. They also read the book Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport as part of their ongoing Connections book discussion series.

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An Experience I'll Never Forget

Date: April 23rd, 2021

By Aracelis Vega

I identify a lot with the book Letting Swift River Go. In those days of my childhood, I remember a lot when my grandfather had animal farms. Horses, cows, pigs, chickens, roosters, geese, turkey, rabbits, pigeons. Near the mountain there were lakes. I could inhale fresh day air. Also I had the opportunity to help cut wood to make a fire and cookout near the farm. This was an experience that I’ll never forget. Thank you for sharing this very similar story in my childhood. 

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What I Learned: A Reflection on Connections

Date: March 19th, 2021

By Martha L. Rodriguez

When we were reading these short stories as Rosa, When Jessie Came Across the Sea, Fry Bread and Letting Swift River Go, stories written to children, each of them about different topics of American culture, I discovered with surprise how a simple reading  was able to communicate with depth and power the values and feelings of American people.

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What Does It Mean to be an American?

Date: February 1st, 2021

By Barbara Visciano

In a recent New Hampshire Humanities Connections program requested by Barbara Visciano, teacher of the ESL Civics Reading and Discussion Class at the Dover Adult Learning Center, the concept of liberty and justice in our history was the topic of exploration. Using four picture books during the four week series, facilitator Bill Badgley took these students on an historical journey to four periods in American history during which there were struggles to live up to ideals set forth in our founding documents. He posed the essential question: What is an American?

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2020

The Role of the Convener

Date: November 1st, 2020

Here at New Hampshire Humanities, we have a saying for the work we do: “We play three roles here: The convener, the funder, and the catalyst for positive change.” Unfortunately, we can’t always play all these roles in every situation. This is a story of our role as convener.

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You've Got Mail!

Date: October 13th, 2020

By Mary Nolin and William (Bo) Dean

With the COVID 19 pandemic forcing many adult education centers to pivot to virtual learning platforms, many teachers needed to find creative ways to engage and connect with their students. William ‘Bo’ Dean, an English as a Second Language (ESOL) instructor at Salem Adult Education, had the idea of mailing books from the Connections program to his students to teach English and issues around the environment through children’s literature.

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2019

New Hampshire Humanities Bids Farewell to Terry Farish

Date: August 30th, 2019

“Sometimes ‘tell me more’ are the most generous words you can tell somebody.” - Terry Farish   You could say Terry...

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Home Is the Moving Back and Forth Between What I Cannot Name: Poems & Stories

Date: August 26th, 2019

In the Connections New Voices project, the bonds formed between professional writers and writers who are also English learners become a source of in...

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Immensity: A New Voices Story

Date: July 17th, 2019

Writing united us. But could we actually pull off a reading? Yes, with help from some poets before us.  Back row: Tami Truax, Portsmouth Poet La...

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Finding Homes in Words and Pictures: A Connections Workshop for Facilitators and Teachers with Jeannine Atkins

Date: July 10th, 2019

This is a workshop we’ve long wanted to offer since our program features many picture books on universal themes of the humanities. On August 13 ...

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Celebrating New Hampshire's New Voices

Date: May 31st, 2019

“New Voices” is an extension of the Connections reading and book discussion program, bringing an opportunity to students learning English ...

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New Voices: Sounds & Rhythms of Story

Date: March 8th, 2019

“What a wonderful and inspiring reading and conversation we had!” Poet S Stephanie summed up New Hampshire Humanities’ first reading...

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2018

"Tell me more..."

Date: December 7th, 2018

The Year of New Voices project of New Hampshire Humanities' Connections program offers a new focus on writing this year. To support students in th...

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The Third Language

Date: September 1st, 2018

In New Hampshire Humanities’ "Year of New Voices" project, Ewa Chrusciel will serve as one of the professional writers partnering...

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Using image-making to help students tell their stories

Date: June 29th, 2018

What makes a good story?  “It’s when I become you,” an ESOL student once said in his class. Much of Beth Olshansky’s work...

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A Story from the House of Extravagant Colors

Date: June 1st, 2018

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera had just arrived at the Adult Learning Center in Nashua, his second day with New Hampshire Humanities' Connectio...

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Peace is Like Martin Luther

Date: November 30th, -0001

Martin Luther KingBy Sunita Pereira and Mary Nolin

April is National Poetry Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the importance of poets and their poetry in our history, culture, and everyday lives. Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the International Institute of New England (IINE) in Manchester have been using and writing their own poems to learn English. They also read the book Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport as part of their ongoing Connections book discussion series.

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