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A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters

Join us in September for Humanities@Home!

Beginning at the End: Andrew Krivak’s

The Bear and Postapocalyptic Fiction in the American Century 

Friday, September 8, 5:00 pm on Zoom 

The “American Century” – the period marked by the United States’ post-WWII global dominance and corresponding fears about its decline – saw a proliferation of post-apocalyptic novels being published. While these novels may begin at a moment of catastrophe, they are not about the end of the world. Using the NH Big Read book, The Bear, as an example, Dr. Brent Bellamy will explore how post-apocalyptic novels use endings and the persistence of things to represent cultural conflicts and hopes for a better world. Sometimes these catastrophic stories tell us something new about places and relationships taken for granted.

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The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts

in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

About the presenter: Brent Ryan Bellamy is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar who specializes in cultural studies, popular fiction, and environmental humanities. His research blends narratology and ecocriticism through a critical focus on storyworlds and worldbuilding. He has been recognized by an award for excellence in online teaching, and has published three books: Remainders of the American Century (2021), An Ecotopian Lexicon (2019), and Materialism and the Critique of Energy (2018). 

The NH Big Read, featuring

Andrew Krivak's The Bear!

This September through November 2023, New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with over 50 organizations and libraries, will bring more than 5,000 Granite Staters together to discuss The Bear, by New Hampshire author Andrew Krivak. New Hampshire’s statewide Big Read will feature book discussions, public and virtual programs for people of all ages, and a public Q&A with Andrew Krivak, all free and open to the public. Join us as we explore how we share stories, understand our world, and envision a better future for New Hampshire. Learn more at

Reserve your seats today and help kick off our 50th anniversary year at the

2023 Annual Celebration

of the Humanities

featuring author Jodi Picoult Wednesday, November 8 at 5:00 pm

The Palace Theatre, Manchester

(Reception at 5 pm / Program at 6:15)

Join us for a lively on-stage conversation between New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and NH Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary as they discuss Picoult's long career as a virtuoso of the human story. In addition to enjoying a dazzling evening, you'll also be helping fund public humanities programs in communities like yours. Tickets are already selling fast, so get yours soon!

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Thank you to the 2023 Annual Celebration of the Humanities sponsors:

Civic Champion Sponsors:

Media Partners:

The Mindful Storyteller in You  

Presented by Alexandria Peary 

What stories connect you to the Granite State? In this workshop led by New Hampshire State Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary, we'll focus on jumpstarting your most important place-based stories. You'll practice mindful writing techniques that offer a fresh way to start a story you may have contemplated telling for a while, and in the process, could discover unexpected stories that have been waiting to be told. Developing an openness to the present moment, you'll free yourself from thinking there are stories you "should" write. Learn how to practice "moment tracking" to develop a path your story may take. The session will close with strategies to continue the creative momentum at home and give you more tools to finish your story. We'll also talk about how to remain receptive to changes in the draft, keeping an open mind about its final form through genres like flash nonfiction, the personal essay, and prose poetry.

Choose your date and location:

Wednesday, September 20 at 5:00 pm

Wayfarer Roasters Downtown Café, 626 Main Street, Laconia RSVP

Friday, October 6 at 2:30 pm

AVA Gallery, 11 Bank Street, Lebanon RSVP

Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am

Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene RSVP

As part of our multi-year initiative, Becoming New Hampshire, these workshops will culminate in a heartfelt and lively on-stage conversation between New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary in Jodi Picoult and the Writing Life: More Than a Good Story at the New Hampshire Humanities Annual Celebration on Wednesday, November 8 at 5 pm at The Palace Theatre. DETAILS

Perspectives Book Discussion

Perspectives book discussions take place across the state and we invite you to attend one in your community or join us online! RSVP to the host organization to reserve your spot and your free Perspectives book prior to the discussion. For more information and other upcoming events, visit


September 2, 11:00 am, Frost Free Library  

Stoner by John Williams DETAILS

Upcoming Grant-Funded Programs

Join us for History and Soup!

In celebration of Portsmouth's 400th anniversary and the new carriage house, the Warner House Association of Portsmouth invites the public to two upcoming presentations supported by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant:

Victims to Victors: Northern Provincial Soldiers 

Wednesday, August 30, 5:30 pm 

Presented by Hollis Broderick

Warner House Association, 150 Daniel Street, Portsmouth

As part of the History and Soup lecture series, this event is focused on the various changing strategies and military equipment of early soldiers (1670s to 1740s). DETAILS

Provisioning Portsmouth:

Early Farming in the Piscataqua Region

Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 pm 

Presented by Peter Cook

The Warner House Association, 150 Daniel Street, Portsmouth

As part of the History and Soup lecture series, this event is focused on early farming in the Piscataqua region (1650 to 1750). DETAILS

Talks are free of charge and soup will be served.

Seating is limited; please pre-register with

Museum of the White Mountains:

Enduring Presence: The Old Man of the Mountain

Exhibit and Lecture Series

Museum of the White Mountains, 34 Highland Street, Plymouth and on Zoom.

Thursday, August 10, 7-8 pm

Geologic History of the Old Man of the Mountain: A Remembrance

Presented by Brian Fowler DETAILS

Thursday, August 17, 7-8 pm

The Enormous Impact of Two Icons Upon NH Tourism: The Old Man of the Mountain & Dick Hamilton

Presented by Mark Okrant DETAILS

Thursday, August 31, 7-8 pm

The Birth of the Old Man: A Geographic Tale of the Mountains, Volcanoes, and Oceans

Presented by Dr. Jill VanTongeren DETAILS

Wednesday, September 13, 7-8 pm

Hearing the Old Man: Poems of the

Old Man of the Mountain

Hosted by Midge Goldberg along with Liz Ahl, Melanie Chicoine, Robert W. Crawford, Gordon Lang, Josh Nicolaisen, and special guest, Don Kimball DETAILS

For more information about the Enduring Presence exhibit

and lectures, visit

Multilingual Book to Art

Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 am

Dover Public Library, 73 Locust Street, Dover

Expand your understanding about how literature and language function within our communities through this collaboration between Dover Adult Learning Center, Dover Public Library, and UNH’s Community Literacy Center. Youth in K-3rd grades (and their families) are invited to join us for a multilingual book club series hosted by the Dover Public Library. Each session will highlight a different language and include a multilingual interactive read-aloud, a song, and a connected art activity. Read-alouds and songs will be presented by community members in their home language. This program seeks to celebrate the languages that are present but not often recognized within our communities. REGISTER

Registration is required for this event. This program is geared towards students in grades kindergarten through 3rd. Caregivers are not required to attend, but are always welcome.

The projects listed above were supported by our Community Project Grants. Learn more about opportunities to fund a project in your community in the links below!

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

August 16, 3:00 pm: Grant Workshop: 

Learn how to apply for a Community Project Grant at this free one-hour workshop. RSVP

Mini Community Project Grants applications (up to $2K) are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here.

September 15: Major Community Project Grant draft proposals are due.  

For more information and to access the application materials, click here.


October 15: Major Community Project Grant proposals are due.  

For more information and to access the application materials, click here.

Programs like the statewide read of The Bear by Andrew Krivak will bring generations of Granite Staters together to broaden our understanding of our world, our neighbors, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience. 

Make a gift that helps bring opportunities for connection through literature to a community near you. Please click the blue button to make your secure, online gift today.

Thank you – every gift matters!

Meet Libby Miller, our UNH GRSIL Fellow!

Libby Miller is our 2023 University of New Hampshire fellow from the Global Racial and Social Inequality Lab (GRSIL). During her fellowship this summer, she helped analyze program data and demographic information for future programming and designed questions for new evaluation surveys. She also helped to craft impact statements for New Hampshire Humanities and each of its programs, and designed a bookmark for Board members to help gather data at upcoming Big Read events. Majoring in political science major with a survey research minor, Libby will spend the first half of her junior year abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland this fall. When she is not at UNH, Libby lives in Tewksbury and Concord, MA with her family, cat, and dog, and enjoys dancing, playing guitar, and comedy in its various forms. Thank you, Libby!

Put your passion to work at New Hampshire Humanities!

Are you or someone you know an energetic and creative professional with experience cultivating strong relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors? Bring your vision and spirit to our dynamic, highly-engaged team as our new Director of Development. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

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provide critical year-round support for our work:

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New Hampshire Humanities (NHH) 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 NHH.