Celebrating the power of the humanities, New Hampshire Humanities will welcome renowned historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed to present the keynote address at our 2016 Annual Dinner on Thursday, September 22 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester. Our 2016 Annual Dinner continues the celebration of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial taking place across the nation this year and we hope you will join us for our annual celebration of the humanities.

Dialogues on the Experience of War is an intimate book discussion series that uses Homeric texts and contemporary readings to help veterans access, understand, and articulate their experience of war and return. The facilitation model was developed by Roberta Stewart, Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College, who has conducted book discussions with and for veterans for nine years in the Upper Valley.

John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath has stirred and inspired readers for 77 years. The centerpiece of a multi-town community read funded in part by New Hampshire Humanities, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in the 1930s in the aftermath of the Dust Bowl, chronicles one family’s forced migration to California – a microcosm of the widespread devastation of the Great Depression.

Supported by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, the Friends of Public Art will kick off the Winchester Musical Heritage Project with events exploring Winchester’s unique place in music history and manufacturing innovation. A lecture titled “Whatever Happened to Yankee Ingenuity?” will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene.

Words and wit will sprout as guests enjoy nature-inspired literary activities when they take “A Walk in the Words” at Bedrock Gardens in Lee, supported by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.
Through time, writers have grappled with addiction in their work and in their lives. As New Hampshire confronts an opioid addiction epidemic unbound by education, vocation, or class, New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a grant to Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) to explore the concept and ramifications of addiction in literature. On August 17 at 7:30 p.m.

For fourteen years, America has been mired in war, war being waged by less than one percent of the population. The relatively small number of active military service members has widened a cultural gulf between the military and civilian sectors. Enter the humanities!

The power of storytelling and dialogue is becoming recognized as a way to help veterans address both the experience of war and the social and cultural barriers that prevent returning soldiers from fully integrating into society.

Journey through history with Pulitzer winner Annette Gordon-Reed at our 2016 Annual Dinner!
The New Hampshire Humanities family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Van McLeod, Commissioner, State of New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources.