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Twenty-nine outstanding new programs are now available for booking at your library, town hall, church, or other organization. Here are a few of our newest Humanities to Go programs:
Oil, Ice and Bone: Arctic Whaler Nathaniel Ransom
In January 2016, two sunken whale ships were discovered off the Alaskan coast. Learn how the vessels were lost in the greatest whaling disaster in U.S. history, and about whaler Nathaniel Ransom who followed his five older brothers into the dank forecastle of a whaling vessel. In 1871 he survived the loss of 32 whaling vessels in the frigid waters off Alaska’s Icy Cape. He kept a journal – and held onto it as he and his shipmates jettisoned weapons and warm clothing to save their lives. His eyewitness account of whaling’s brutal slaughter and sudden losses is enriched by presenter Helen Frink’s affection for an ancestor she discovered through his journals a century after his death.
Rudyard Kipling Revisited
Rudyard Kipling was the most internationally-celebrated author of his day. The first four years of his marriage and fatherhood were spent in New England where he built his dream house - Naulakha in Dummerston, VT - now preserved as a Landmark Trust property. It was there that he penned The Jungle Book and other classics. These were productive and happy years for the young literary giant, but eventually deeply troubled. Although Kipling was an intensely private individual, Jackson Gillman’s sensitive portrayal provides an inside look at the writer’s experience in New England and some of the controversy surrounding this complex man. Part lecture, part living history, part storytelling, Jackson’s presentation includes a selection of the classic Just So Stories.
War, Justice, and Non-Violence: Perspectives & Paradoxes
How and why are wars fought? What exactly is a just war? This program looks at the history of “just war theory,” starting in antiquity and following the development of three major elements of just war thinking: jus ad bellum (right to war), jus in bello (laws of war), and jus post bellum (justice after war). Highlighting the work of philosophers Larry May, Michael Walzer, and Richard Norman, Kent McConnell discusses the philosophical and theological foundations of just war thinking and non-violence.
For information about hosting this or any Humanities to Go programs, visit www.nhhumanities.org/humanitiestogo.