Join us for the 2017 Annual Dinner
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown, Reception 5:00 pm / Dinner 6:30 pm


One of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today” 

New Hampshire Humanities has received a $25,000 grant from The McIninch Foundation to support its Humanities to Go Fund. With this gift New Hampshire Humanities will have the opportunity to transform its most popular and far-reaching program, Humanities to Go. Each year 450 Humanities to Go programs bring 15,000-plus residents together in more than 150 New Hampshire communities.

Traveling, tented “chautauquas” were a popular form of American adult education in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today’s chautauquas feature scholars portraying significant historical figures in first-person performances followed by a Q & A period with the character and the scholar.

In June we said farewell to our talented colleague, Susan Bartlett, who is moving on to pursue other dreams after leading the Connections Adult Literacy program for the past four years.

“It has been a real joy to serve adult learners all over the state and to work with my colleagues and especially our talented Connections facilitators at New Hampshire Humanities for the last four years,” she said. 

A new Humanities to Go program by Ann McClellan                                                                       While servant narratives have been popular for centuries, there seems to be a resurging interest in these stories in recent decades. Many contemporary British and North American writers, filmmakers, and television executives have turned to master/servant relationships as their subject matter.

By Scott Eaton, Humanities to Go presenter                      

A multi-group collaboration among thirteen historical societies, museums, and libraries is underway with a project called “Over There, Over Here: WWI and Life in New Hampshire Communities,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Exhibits, programs, lectures, and book readings will take place in eight towns through November. The following program takes place in July:

New Hampshire Humanities is thrilled to announce that renowned author and scientist Dr. Steven Pinker will present the keynote address at our 2017 Annual Dinner on Wednesday, October 25 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.

by Susan MacDonald Hatem, Associate Director

Sixty years after Peyton Place scandalized the country, the novel and film seem almost a diversion from the scandals of the current day. But the life story of its author raises essential questions: to what extent does fiction reflect culture or shape it? Can one be ruined by a book? Through Humanities to Go, scholar Robert B. Perreault sheds light on these questions in his program "Before Peyton Place: In Search of the Real Grace Metalious."