Each year the Board of Directors and staff of New Hampshire Humanities have a special tradition of telling us about a book they’ve read recently and would recommend. We’re sharing this with our readers in time for holiday gift giving and/or for your 2020 reading list.

Several years ago, our former Board member, capital campaign committee member, and long-time supporter, Kate Hanna, shared her “humanities story” with the Board. We came across the article recently and asked her permission to share it publicly. Perhaps her story will inspire you to share your humanities story with us!

At this year’s Annual Dinner, New Hampshire Humanities presented the Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities Award to Steve Taylor and the Creative Achievement in the Humanities Award to Terry Farish.

This fall, New Hampshire Humanities launched a new podcast series called Past Lives that explores the more unusual chapters of New Hampshire’s history, from witchcraft to UFOs, along with compelling stories about the lives of Granite Staters.

“I cannot think of a time when the humanities were more needed than now,” said NHH executive director, Anthony Poore, who was named to the impressive list of Granite State movers and shakers on NH Magazine's 2019 "IT" list.

 

Ideas on Tap, our popular series of “pint-sized conversations about big ideas,” offers lively community conversations on a wide variety of contemporary issues, in casual pub settings around the state. Coming right up in 2020:

For the past two months, I’ve had the pleasure of interning at New Hampshire Humanities with Dr. Tricia Peone and her work on public programs. I’m a student at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, where I dual major in English and history and work in the Office of Student Engagement.

“Then we have to do Connections...” That simple sentence was my first introduction to the Connections program by my co-teacher at Second Start. I have used the program in my English as a Second Language (ESOL) classroom for the past two years.

Civic engagement - working to make a difference in and for one’s community – is the means by which individuals acknowledge they are part of something larger than themselves and take action to contribute to a greater good. The humanities are critical in preparing us to engage as citizens.

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