Community Stories: Soldiers Home & Away

A monumental and far-reaching collaboration among nine New Hampshire libraries and Timberlane Regional High School, Community Stories: Soldiers Home & Away presents its final month of lectures, children’s and family programs, book discussions, and film screenings. The project, which takes its inspiration from Tim O’Brien’s classic Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried, examines the experience of war and the immense challenges faced by troops returning home.

Once a year, our board and staff share their recent reads. Here are their recommendations (for your holiday gift-giving consideration!)

What can poetry offer adults from all over the world who are just beginning to write in English? Carol Birch's ESOL students at the Dover Adult Learning Center were about to find out. During their four-part Connections book discussion series on Food, Family and Friendships, the class read How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina Freidman and illustrated by Allen Say.

At our 27th Annual Dinner in late September, New Hampshire Humanities continued a long tradition of hosting nationally and internationally-recognized keynote speakers, as we welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Jeffersonian scholar, Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed.

No stranger to New Hampshire, Dr. Gordon-Reed spoke of her arrival from Texas decades ago, and how she grew to love the state during her time at Dartmouth College.

New catalog features dozens of fascinating new programs and perennial favorites

Constitutionally Speaking and the University of New Hampshire School of Law are pleased to present a free public symposium on Crime and the Constitution on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord.

Supported in part by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant, thirteen libraries, three schools, and the independent book store in the Mount Washington Valley will hold discussions about the ethical and cultural questions raised in The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescues by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman. Events include programs on rescues in the White Mountains, the history of the U.S.

According to environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, “Climate change is actually the biggest thing that’s going on every single day.” In response, the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University, with support from New Hampshire Humanities, has produced a documentary film focused on climate change adaptation and resiliency in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region.

The Things They Carried

With over 50 programs over nine weeks in nine communities, Soldiers Home & Away seeks to connect veterans and non-veterans to share experiences, build relationships, and reflect on our mutual obligations. This grant-funded “community read” takes as its inspiration Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried. O’Brien’s fictionalized account captures the experiences of a young platoon in Vietnam, on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings.

AVA Gallery and Art Center, recipient of a New Hampshire Humanities grant, will host a gallery talk in conjunction with a current exhibit by photographer Rob Kesseler, who is visiting Dartmouth as part of an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and sculptor Gar Waterman. On October 6 at 6:00 pm, the two will engage visitors in a discussion inspired by their work about the connections between art and science, how the disciplines inform one another, and the implications for humanity and nature.

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