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Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded the Weather in Almanacs

Climate in Words and Numbers: How Early Americans Recorded the Weather in Almanacs

As we begin to consider climate change as an everyday problem, it's valuable to know how people did that in the past. With support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Dr. Joyce E. Chaplin is compiling and analyzing a database of manuscript notes about weather in early American almanacs, 1646-1821, out of 10,578 almanacs from nine archives. Her talk focuses on how people recorded the weather in numbers (including degrees Fahrenheit) and in words, from "dull" to "elegant!" These notations are significant as records of a period of climate change, the Little Ice Age, also as records of how people understood and coped with that climatic disruption.

Dr. Joyce E. Chaplin is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University.

This program is part of the Community Project Grants-funded series, "Weather-Wise: Historical Records, Contemporary Conversations." For more information, please visit www.shakermuseum.org.

Exhibiting Nature’s Nation: The Changing Climate of Art History

Dr. Alan C. Braddock will discuss his major traveling exhibition, Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment, co-curated with Karl Kusserow at the Princeton University Art Museum in 2018-19, along with their award-winning book by the same title. Exploring four centuries of American art and environmental history, the exhibition and book included more than one hundred works addressing climate change and other urgent issues. Nature's Nation also offered a new vision of art history informed by ecocriticism, an ecological approach to cultural interpretation that is dramatically changing scholarship across the humanities.

Alan C. Braddock is the Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies at William & Mary, where he teaches courses on American and global art history, ecology, and environmental history.

This program is part of the Community Project Grants-funded series, "Weather-Wise: Historical Records, Contemporary Conversations." For more information, please visit www.shakermuseum.org.

 

 

Final Presentation of Telling My Story for Humanity - Reflections on Race, Class, and Gender

Final Presentation of Telling My Story for Humanity - Reflections on Race, Class, and Gender

Telling My Story is a platform for members of the New Hampshire community to reflect on race, class, and gender in a collaborative and honest way, while opening up a public space to discuss the root causes of various social issues. Featuring courageous, creative, and compassionate presentations on these urgent themes, ‘Telling My Story for Humanity - Reflections on Race, Class, and Gender’ is an eye-opening presentation not to be missed.

This project was funded in part by a Community Project Grant from New Hampshire Humanities and the Leslie Center for Humanities at Dartmouth College.

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It Happened In New Hampshire: Black History in the Granite State

The first enslaved African arrived in New Hampshire in 1645. There’s a long, rich Black history in the Granite State. Colonial New Hampshire newspapers testify to the state’s slave trade, runaways, abolitionists, and anti-abolitionist activities, followed by conflicting opinions about the Civil War. In the 20th century, the legacy of that early history was reflected in news about de facto segregation in housing and public places.

For this panel, you will hear the story of Black Revolutionary War soldier Jude Hall of Exeter and first-hand stories about the Civil Rights Movement in New Hampshire including the Reverse Freedom rides of 1962 to our state.

Presenters: Sharon Jones, singer and activist; Renay Allen, author; Barbara Baker Williams, Reverse Freedom Rider

Moderator: Senator David Watters, Ph.D.


The winter Tea Talk series, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) and sponsored in part by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.blackheritagetrailnh.org/tea-talks.

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On Shaky Ground: Students of Color in Predominantly White Institutions

For many students of color, being in an environment in which most of the people are different from themselves is a challenging experience. Students of color who are not able to feel connected to and a part of the university may feel alienated, inadequate, and depressed. Many experience pressure to adopt the values, beliefs, and attitudes of the dominant white culture while simultaneously feeling pressure to abandon their own culture.

Hear from a group of young New Hampshire students as they identify some of the social pressures they experience while attending a white educational institution, and ways in which they navigate campus environments to achieve self-realization and achieve academic success while creating a sense of belonging.

Presenters: Rekha Mahadevan, Berwick Academy Class of 2023; Grace Morelli, University of New Hampshire Class of 2021; Curtis Linton, University of New Hampshire Class of 2021, Mechanical Engineer; Ken Holmes, Senior Vice Provost for Student Life, University of New Hampshire

Moderator: Jada Hebra, Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Southern NH University


The winter Tea Talk series, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) and sponsored in part by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.blackheritagetrailnh.org/tea-talks.

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Race & Care of the Soul

Race & Care of the Soul

Until the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020, few questioned the brutal hand of racism as orchestrated through police forces, our legal system, schools, workplaces and other institutions. The ensuing mass protests across the U.S. forced us to see the actual consequences of racism in a new light.

In a conversation with author Thomas Moore, participants will explore the effect of racism on our collective and individual Soul. Basing his writing on the ancient model of “care of the soul"—which provided a religious context for viewing the events of everyday life—Moore examines the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals. He offers a therapeutic lifestyle that focuses on sacredness in ordinary things. Now, more than ever, we need to pause―intentionally―and encounter the Divine.


Presenters: Thomas Moore, author, Care of the Soul; Reginald Wilburn, Department of English, University of New Hampshire

Moderator: Rev. Lauren Smith, Director of Stewardship and Development, Unitarian Universalist Association


The winter Tea Talk series, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) and sponsored in part by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.blackheritagetrailnh.org/tea-talks.

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Racism, Land & The American Farming Landscape

Racism, Land & The American Farming Landscape

In 1920, there were 949,889 Black farmers. A century later, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, only 35,470 remained.

This panel will investigate the contributing factors to this enormous land loss including discriminatory practices, such as the denial of USDA loans. and slow handling of civil rights complaints. Presenters will also share the innovative ways Black New England Farmers are reclaiming the land and sowing the seeds of health and empowerment.

Presenters: Reginald Jackson, Emeritus Professor of Communications at Simmons College, MA; Lydia Clemmons, President of Clemmons Family Farm, VT; Jarrad Nwameme 

Moderator: Meghan Howey, Professor in Anthropology, University of New Hampshire 


The winter Tea Talk series, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) and sponsored in part by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://blackheritagetrailnh.org/tea-talks.

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The Celebration of Cultural Connections

The Celebration of Cultural Connections

The Celebration of Cultural Connections is part of Tammi J. Truax’s Poet Laureate project, Building Bridges through Poetry, designed to engage the community in a study of Japanese culture and poetry. At the celebration, the winners of Truax’s poetry broadside contest will be revealed, along with a new digital gallery; the audience will then enjoy a presentation by Monica Chiu, UNH Professor of English, specializing in Asian American studies, who will address questions regarding the intersection of art and poetry, as well as cross-cultural sharing. We hope this event will be attended by people from as far away as Japan.

Please email info@pplp.org for the Zoom invite to attend.

The History of the Great New England Hurricane as Documented by the People

The History of the Great New England Hurricane as Documented by the People

The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 is the most devastating tropical cyclone of all time to affect the region. Only two other comparable storms have been documented before or since. The effects of the storm were all encompassing and affected the entire region and its surroundings, and those that experienced it found many ways to document it (scrapbooks, photographic collections, objects made with fallen wood, songs, poems, fictional stories, as well as a massive number of historical accounts, and technical reports. Dr. Lourdes Avilés has been studying the storm for more than ten years and published a book on its science and history that weaves an interdisciplinary account of the storm and its effects. During that time, she has collected many artifacts, stories, and other pieces of interest that she will be sharing during her talk. She will also put the storm in the context of previous New England Hurricanes and what climate change means for such storms. www.takenbystorm1938.com

Dr. Lourdes Avilés, a Trustee of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, is Professor of Meteorology at Plymouth State University.

This program is part of the Community Project Grants-funded series, "Weather-Wise: Historical Records, Contemporary Conversations." For more information, please visit www.shakermuseum.org.

The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War

Dr. Kenneth W. Noe explores how the Civil War's unusual weather affected both the battlefield and the home front. Traditional histories describe the conflict as a war between North and South. Dr. Noe suggests it should instead be understood as a war between the North, the South, and the weather. He retells the history of the conflagration with a focus on the ways in which weather and climate shaped the outcomes of battles and campaigns. Events such as floods and droughts affecting the Confederate homefront constricted soldiers’ food supply, lowered morale, and undercut the government’s efforts to boost nationalist sentiment. By contrast, the superior equipment and open supply lines enjoyed by Union soldiers enabled them to cope successfully with the South’s extreme conditions and, ultimately, secure victory in 1865.

Kenneth W. Noe is the Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University.

This program is part of the Community Project Grants-funded series, "Weather-Wise: Historical Records, Contemporary Conversations." For more information, please visit www.shakermuseum.org.

 

Writing While Black: The Afrofuturistic Writer

Writing While Black: The Afrofuturistic Writer

In recent years, there has been an uptick, if not an actual surge, of works by science fiction writers of color, a literary genre where Black voices and characters have been historically absent. For writers of color the distinction between science fiction and fantasy, two imaginative genres is often blurred. Why? Because access to the scientific knowledge from which science fiction often is derived has been denied to people of the African diaspora for much of history. And the classification of what is and is not scientific is frequently a matter of dispute and Eurocentric. This panel will explore Black writers and characters in a genre where they have not been expected to excel.

Presenters: Sheree Renée Thomas, author; Nisi Shawl, author

Moderator: Dennis Britton, Ph.D., Department of English, University of New Hampshire

The winter Tea Talk series, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) and sponsored in part by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.blackheritagetrailnh.org/tea-talks.

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Community Project Grants Events
Exhibiting Nature’s Nation: The Changing Climate of Art History
Virtual
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Enfield, NH
Exhibiting Nature’s Nation: The Changing Climate of Art History
The Celebration of Cultural Connections
Virtual
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The Celebration of Cultural Connections

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