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A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters

In honor of Black History Month, please join us for our next Humanities@Home program:


Friday, February 17 at 5:00 pm (VIRTUAL) 

How did African American religion find a place in popular culture beyond traditional Black Churches?

The Jazz Age propelled Black swing artists into national celebrity. Mark your calendars and be there next Friday, when Vaughn A. Booker challenges an idea that jazz is innately secular and helps us explore how the religious beliefs of popular jazz musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Mary Lou Williams shaped their music.

Through their musical expressions of faith, they became influential voices which echoed–and diverged from–the predominant African American religious culture of that time. Professor Booker returns us to a transformative moment in which jazz extended the reach of Black American spiritual authority beyond the Black church to shape the feel and sound of 20th-century American culture. 

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About the presenter: Vaughn A. Booker is a historian of religion at Dartmouth whose scholarship focuses on twentieth-century African American religions. In American religious history and African American studies, his teaching and research include studies of religion and gender, leadership, conversion, popular music, humor, "race histories," memoir, visual/material culture, metaphysics/spirituality, memorialization/mourning, activism, and internationalism. His first book project, Lift Every Voice and Swing (NYU Press, 2020), won the 2022 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools. In 2021, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, and was also awarded a Distinguished Junior External Faculty Fellowship with the Stanford University Humanities Center for the 2022-2023 academic year.

If you missed January's

Humanities@Home, watch it here!

Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's

Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

(Recording of the January 2023 edition of our Humanities@Home series)

Learn more about this unforgettable slice of history! On January 27, author and scholar Rebecca Erbelding presented the fascinating, true story of the War Refugee Board, a U.S. government effort late in World War II to save the remaining Jewish people of Europe. They tricked Nazis, forged identity papers, maneuvered food and medicine into concentration camps, recruited spies, leaked news stories, laundered money, negotiated ransoms, and funneled millions of dollars into Europe, ultimately saving tens of thousands of lives. Thank you to Rebecca Erbelding for her memorable presentation, and we encourage you to learn more about these largely unknown heroes.

Perspectives Book Groups

Join us for a Perspectives book group in your area or join one online!

Discover new windows to the world through literature! Below is a list of several upcoming book discussions, and you'll find many more on our online calendar of events. Be sure to contact the host to reserve your spot and your free book, courtesy of New Hampshire Humanities' Perspectives book groups program.

Feb. 15, 6:30 pm, Dunbarton Public Library (VIRTUAL)

White Teeth, by Zadie Smith DETAILS

Feb. 15, 9:45 am, Souhegan High School

What Strange Paradise, by Omar El Akkad DETAILS

Feb. 15, 7:00 pm, Wilmot Public Library (VIRTUAL)

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid DETAILS

Feb. 27, 7:00 pm, Orford Social Library

Gilded Suffragists, by Johanna Neuman DETAILS

Feb. 28, 6:30 pm, Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth (VIRTUAL)

The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi, by Elif Shafak DETAILS

March 3, 11 am, Frost Free Library, Marlborough

Gilded Suffragists, by Johanna Neuman DETAILS

March 6, 7:00 pm, Chichester Town Library

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague, by Maggie O'Farrell DETAILS

March 7, 6:30 pm, Jaffrey Public Library (VIRTUAL)

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, by Gregory Maguire DETAILS 

March 8, 6:30 pm, Dover Public Library

Gilded Suffagists, by Johanna Neuman DETAILS

For more information about the books and scholar facilitators, visit or email us at

Upcoming Grant-Funded Programs

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire:

2023 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks

A virtual and in-person series

In 2023, Portsmouth will celebrate four hundred years as an incorporated town by honoring the city’s diverse and dynamic social, political, intellectual, cultural, economic, and spiritual history, from the time of the first Native American settlements to the present. In recognition of this milestone, the Black Heritage Trail's annual Elinor Williams Tea Talk series will revisit significant themes from past conversations, and will dig deeper into complex issues that often divide in order to build communities in which we can all thrive. 

The Winter Tea Talks are participatory panel presentations and discussions related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. All programs take place from 2:00-3:00 pm. New Hampshire Humanities is pleased to support these events:

Sunday, February 12, 2:00-3:00 pm

The Paradox of Education for Black & Brown Children


Sunday, February 19, 2:00-3:00 pm

Beyond Forty Acres: Land Ownership, and Black Wealth


Sunday, February 26, 2:00-3:00 pm

Shades of Black: Connected by Color, Culture, & Community


Sunday, March 5, 2:00-3:00 pm

Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversation


Temple Beth Abraham: City of Nashua Yom HaShoah Observance 

Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 pm

Temple Beth Abraham, in partnership with Rivier University, will host its annual citywide, interfaith observance of Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April 18 at the Dion Center on Clement Street in Nashua. Judy Batalion, author of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, will share the story of Jewish women, many of whom were still in their teens, who risked their lives as members of underground militias smuggling weapons between ghettos, assassinating Nazis, forging documents, and rescuing Jews.


Following Batalion’s presentation and a Q&A session, a candle-lighting ceremony will be held to memorialize Holocaust victims. Temple Beth Abraham’s Zimria Choir will perform with the Nashua Community Interfaith Choir at this observance, which is free and open to all. No registration is required. DETAILS

Judy Batalion has worked as a university lecturer, stand-up comic, MC, moderator, storyteller, actor, Yiddish street performer, and talking head for TV, radio, and podcasts. She is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, and the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between.

Upcoming Grant Workshop & Deadlines

February 15, 3:00 pm: Applying for a Community Project Grant Workshop

Interested in applying for a Community Project Grant? Attend this Zoom-based workshop to learn more about NHH’s grant criteria and the application process. Register

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

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


April 15: Major Community Project Grant proposals due.  

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

Applications for Mini Community Project Grants are accepted on a rolling basis. Details

New Hampshire Humanities programs gather diverse groups of people who are hungry to share ideas, perspectives, and experiences that enrich our lives and strengthen the infrastructure we call community.  


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Staff Pick of the Month

Black Ice: A Thriller, by Brad Thor

Recommended by Lory Attala

Scot Harvath works for an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government and operated strictly off the books. At all costs, Scot’s mission is to thwart efforts by enemy countries that plan to harm the United States and its allies. Set in Norway as Scot is trying to get a little R&R, Black Ice puts him in a race against time that will take him high above the Arctic Circle. It takes a tremendous amount of sleuthing for Scot to figure out who and what is about to happen, and how it could leave the U.S. and its allies at the mercy of one of the world’s most dangerous actors.   


This is typically not my genre. However, while visiting my brother, he talked me into reading an earlier Brad Thor thriller-spy book that had me hooked. This is the second book by Thor that I feel parallels recent actual events, and it makes one think to what extent a country would go to weaken our national defenses. If you need more convincing, the Providence Journal called it “the undisputed master of blending geopolitics with spycraft...a thriller aficionado’s dream.” Enjoy!

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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.