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Movies help us experience and understand each other and the world around us. They educate and enlighten us. And, they can lead to meaningful and much-needed discourse. Lights, Camera, Civics! hopes to be a catalyst for such conversations. Not only is there division in our country and state over a multitude of issues, within our own communities there is a clear lack of connection among people of different ages and viewpoints. For that reason, New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a grant to the NH Institute for Civics Education for film screenings in all ten NH counties to generate multigenerational conversations about law, justice, and civics. Through Lights, Camera, Civics!, a film will be offered each year, chosen to appeal to a range of ages and demographics. Local teams made up of a lawyer, a teacher, and a high school student will lead the discussions.
The film selected for 2018-19 is To Kill A Mockingbird which will be presented in the kick-off event on Sunday, January 27 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service at UNH School of Law in Concord. A light lunch will be provided. Discussion facilitators include Patrick Anderson, Colby Sawyer College humanities professor and film expert; Attorney Dina Michael Chaitowitz, former appellate chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston; and a yet-to-be-selected local high school student. Anderson says: “Having taught college film classes for decades, I can attest to the impact which this powerful art form can have on viewers – how it can serve as a catalyst for meaningful and thought-provoking conversations.”
This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. To register, email Martha Madsen, NH Institute for Civics Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Event details
New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.