Dialogues on War & Homecoming:

A weekly reading and discussion group for veterans, family members, caregivers, and friends

Our next two groups are starting soon in Portsmouth and New London:

Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 - April 11, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
View the flyer HERE.
To register for the Portsmouth program, click HERE.

The ancient tale of Odysseus’ epic 10-year journey home from the Trojan War has much to tell us about the challenges of homecoming for today’s veterans. The Odyssey reveals timeless and universal truths about trauma, duty and honor, personal sacrifice, and readjustment. Veterans, current service members, family members, and close personal friends of veterans are invited to attend this 10-week reading and discussion group co-led by a veteran, clinician, and literature facilitator. The program uses a model developed by Professor Roberta Stewart of Dartmouth College. Free copies of the book will be provided to participants at the first session.

For veterans book discussion groups in the Upper Valley region, please contact Roberta Stewart at Roberta.Stewart@Dartmouth.edu.

"To Tell What They Can’t Say" Journalism Workshop for NH Veterans

New Hampshire Humanities invites veterans to participate in a free, three-day workshop on storytelling through the art of writing and photography. The workshop will be held on March 12, 13, and 14 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester.

The workshop will be limited to 20 veterans who have stories to tell about their war and homecoming experiences but need inspiration and guidance on technique and style. Participants will write one or more stories or create an exhibit of photographs that will be presented at a public event in May. Led by Pulitzer-Prize winning war correspondent David Wood and international photo journalist Andrea Bruce, the workshop will encourage exploration of what it means to serve. Veterans will be invited to consider their personal experiences of war and homecoming in a broader, universal context. The workshop leaders will rely on their own experiences and work as international journalists for respected news outlets such as The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME magazine, and Huffington Post. Both have covered war, conflict and revolution around the world. Wood and Bruce will sustain the work by serving as remote consultants and editors from mid-March to mid-May. They will return to New Hampshire at the end of May to lead a second two-day workshop for the class in preparation for a public presentation. The presentation will serve as a tribute to the veteran experience and a model of how to bridge the divide between military and civilian life.

For a full syllabus and/or to register, click HERE. 

The Vietnam War

New Hampshire Humanities and NH PBS continue to present preview screenings & facilitated community discussions of The Vietnam War.

The week before millions of viewers watched the premiere of Ken Burns’ new landmark documentary, The Vietnam War, New Hampshire Humanities partnered with NH PBS to host a series of preview film screenings and facilitated discussions, free and open to all, in many communities around the state. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells an epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the film explores the human dimensions of the war through testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it—as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. The documentary series is available online at www.pbs.org. View the trailer HERE

Vietnam and Beyond

The 2017 premiere of Ken Burns’ long-awaited documentary on the Vietnam War is spurring conversations across our country. Our hope is that this training will inspire and equip you to lead deep discussions in your respective communities. We’d like to help.

New Hampshire Humanities offers grants to nonprofits that enable you to design and host public programs with the help of experts in philosophy, history, literature, legal studies, or other humanities disciplines relevant to your topic. Your projects can introduce new knowledge, invite face to face conversations, and encourage reflection on timely - or timeless - questions.Talk to us about:

• Community Grants: from $100 up to $10,000 awarded six times a year
• Connections to scholars, presenters, and trained facilitators
• Advice on formats, budgets, grant writing, and evaluation
• Statewide publicity for New Hampshire Humanities-funded projects
• Generating audiences and impact

 A sampling of project ideas related to Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War documentary:

•  A series of facilitated discussions using a one-hour screener of the documentary and questions geared to topics raised by the film
•  A guest speaker, author, war correspondent, or filmmaker  
•  A facilitated book discussion series for civilians and veterans in your community
•  A panel discussion around a specific question such as “What does it mean to serve?”
•  A writing workshop with selected NH authors for veterans and family members
•  A film or film series with facilitator/moderator/veteran(s)  
•  An oral history workshop for teachers followed by a project involving high school students who interview veterans; selected stories published on social and print media
•  A series on social activism in the 60s – civil rights, anti-war movement, women’s liberation
•  A series of programs on Vietnam and Vietnamese people: culture, religion, art, politics, history
•  Facilitated conversations or a roundtable discussion with Vietnamese and scholars in New Hampshire.

For more information, contact Susan Hatem: shatem@nhhumanities.org, or Kathy Mathis: kmathis@nhhumanities.org, call 603-224-4071, or see the guidelines and deadlines on our website at www.nhhumanities.org/grants.