"Open Questions” is a pilot series of thought-provoking community conversations presented by New Hampshire Humanities. This series explores essential questions about meaning and life that are important to Granite Staters. In May, we will begin accepting Humanities to Go applications to host Open Questions programs scheduled after July 1, 2019. For questions about this pilot series, please send an email to tpeone@nhhumanities.org

Are We Working Too Hard?

Thursday, April 4, 6:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth
This program will focus on the question “Are We Working Too Hard?” and the discussion will be facilitated by St. Anselm College Professor Dr. Josh Tepley and SNHU Professor Dr. Kiki Berk.  DETAILS

Open Questions Facilitators:

Dr. Kiki Berk is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern New Hampshire University and currently holds the Papoutsy Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the VU University Amsterdam in 2010. Her current research interests include value theory (especially happiness), analytic existentialism (especially the meaning of life), and the philosophy of death.  

Dr. Josh Tepley is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Anselm College, where he has worked since 2012. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Bucknell University (2004) and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame (2013). His current research interests include Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy (especially Heidegger and Sartre) and Analytic Metaphysics (especially ontology and free will). 

Further Resources:

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an excellent resource for state-of-the-art introductions to virtually every area of philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/

New York Times’ blog on contemporary philosophical issues: https://www.nytimes.com/column/the-stone

Past Events



Our first "Open Questions" program, "What Does It Mean to be an American?", was held on February 7, 2019 at Concord Public Library. Click the graphic for the program description and facilitators.




 On April 2nd in Plymouth, we hosted an "Open Questions" program called "Are We What We Eat?" at the Pease Public Library. Click the graphic for the program description and facilitator information.






New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings,
conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.