Serving up "Ideas on Tap" in Portsmouth and Littleton

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New Hampshire Humanities (NHH) invites the public to two different programs in our “Ideas on Tap” series, on October 12 in Portsmouth and October 25 in Littleton. Ideas on Tap, our popular series of "pint-sized conversations about big ideas" held in casual, pub settings where all are invited to enjoy drinks, appetizers, and lively community conversations about timely topics. Tickets to each event are $15 and include plentiful appetizers, and one adult beverage (beer/wine) or non-alcoholic drink.

This fall we’re exploring questions about the role of journalism in a democracy, free speech, understanding images in the news, and what it really means to be an "informed citizen"? Join us for these two upcoming programs:

Wed., 10/12, 5:30 pm, Portsmouth Gas Light Co., 64 Market Street, Portsmouth
Do You Hear Me Now? Civil Discussion in a Polarized Age

When speech is suppressed, it is a “double wrong,” according to Frederick Douglass, because not only is the right to speak violated, so is the “right to hear.” We'll consider the work of "hearing" from the perspective of a college newspaper editor, a local media leader, and a civics organizer from NH Listens. Learn how newspapers decide what their readers need to hear and how listening can improve the quality of deliberation in our cities and towns. Register

(L-R) Max Scheinblum, The New Hampshire; Melanie Plenda, Granite State News Collaborative; Bruce L. Mallory, NH Listens; and Meg Mott, Ph.D (Moderator)  


Tuesday, 10/25, 5:30 pm, Schilling Beer Co., 18 Mill Street, Littleton
I’ll Believe It When I See It: Images in the News

People say a picture is worth a thousand words, but no one ever said we agree what those words are. Images have become an increasingly important part of journalism, but how are we meant to understand them? This panel invites the people who make those images to talk about how visuals express information, how we can understand the images, and the work that goes into creating them. Register

Photo of 10.25 panel: (L-R) Johnny Bassett, Granite State News Collaborative; Marek Bennett, cartoonist; Geoff Forester, Concord Monitor; and Erin Petenko, VT Digger

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