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A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters

(Rescheduled from earlier this month)


Stories of South Asian America

Friday, May 19 at 5:00 pm on Zoom

Today, nearly 5.4 million South Asians live in the U.S., emigrating from countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Afghanistan. How do movies, television series, and literature shape our understanding of what it means to be South Asian in America today? Dr. Preeti Singh will discuss TV shows such as Ms. Marvel and literature by fiction writers and poets like Meena Alexander to highlight stories that explore the South Asian diaspora. She'll examine the limitations of these stories – which ones are palatable to broader audiences in the U.S. – and how living in both the U.S. and a global, interconnected world shapes South Asians' sense of identity.

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About the presenter: 

Preeti Singh is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages program at Dartmouth College. She researches and teaches postcolonial studies and world literature with a focus on 20th- and 21st-century South Asian diasporic literature and cinema. Her broad focus is on literary expression of political and social crises amidst decolonization and the global cold war, as well as discourse on human rights, and contemporary expression of populism.

Next month's Humanities@Home:


Uncovering LGBTQ+ Histories

in New Hampshire

Friday, June 9 at 5:00 pm on Zoom

In 1974, a lawyer for UNH argued that the university could legally bar the newly founded Gay Students Organization from campus activities because its members had a “communicable mental illness.” Although the case might have been the first time LGBTQ+ identity was a major topic of conversation in New Hampshire, LGTBQ+ individuals had called the state home for much longer. 


In this talk, Dr. Holly Cashman will underscore the importance of knowing the histories of LGBTQ+ communities and share stories collected through the Seacoast NH LGBTQ Oral History Project and Living Free & LGBTQ+ at UNH in the 1970s. These projects continue to make LGBTQ+ histories visible in New Hampshire, uncovering once-overlooked stories and enriching our understanding of what it means to make the Granite State home. 

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About the presenter: 

Holly R. Cashman is Professor of Spanish and Women's & Gender Studies at the University of NH and author of Queer, Latinx, and Bilingual: Narrative Resources in the Negotiation of Identities. She is past president of the International Gender and Language Association and the Linguistic Association of the Southwest. Cashman was awarded the Kidder Award for “foster[ing] greater understanding of sexual orientation and gender expression,” the President’s Good Steward Award for using professional expertise in service to the wider community, and the Pink Triangle Award for “outstanding contributions to efforts for equity and visibility for the UNH GLBT community.”

The 2023 Humanities Roadshow continues around the state!

Our 2023 Roadshow series is well underway, and Granite Staters are coming together to learn more about the ways we share stories – through oral traditions, film, music, the written word, and contemporary dance. The first two Roadshow events were at capacity, and we anticipate the next three being just as popular! We hope to see you in Keene on May 18, Littleton on May 24, and at our final event in the Upper Valley in June. Please join us as we explore the diversity of storytelling in the Granite State!


A quick look at the last two Roadshow events...

On May 3rd at Srawbery Banke in Portsmouth, Anne Jennison shared how traditional Abenaki stories have been passed down from one generation to the next as well as the role of both storytelling and the storyteller within the context of Abenaki culture.

On May 10th at Red River Theatres in Concord, Larry Benaquist presented a screening of the film "Lost Boundaries" and discussed the issue of racial passing and how one African American family dealt with the humiliation of discrimination and segregation in 1940s New Hampshire.

Photos by Geoff Forester


Thursday, May 18, 6:00-7:00 pm

The Colonial Theatre Showroom, 20 Commercial Street, Keene

A Sampler of New Hampshire Stories in Song

Presented by Tom Curren

Follow Tom Curren’s musical journey through New Hampshire's past as he shares songs that explore the land, people, traditions, and unique cultures that have shaped our state. 

Wednesday, May 24, 6:00-7:00 pm

Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street, Littleton

Stories of Place: A Year in the Life of Mount Washington

Presented by Dan Szczesny

Mount Washington - home of the world’s worst weather - is more than just a rock pile; it’s the cultural and natural soul of climbers and tourists from around the world. Hear the story of Dan’s exploration of the heart of the White Mountains and the culture, characters, and colors of this remarkable place.

The Shire: An Exploration of NH Through Contemporary Dance

The final program in our Roadshow series, performed by NSquared Dance Company and presented with NH Dance Collaborative, has been postponed until June. Watch for announcements about a new date!)

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Thank you to our 2023 Humanities Roadshow Sponsor:

Attend a Perspectives book group!

Perspectives book discussions take place across the state and we invite you to attend one in your community or join us online! See below to RSVP to the host organization to reserve your spot and your free Perspectives book prior to the discussion. 

May 16, 6:30 pm, Hooksett Public Library

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer DETAILS

June 1, 6:30 pm, Fuller Public Library, Hillsborough

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

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Upcoming Grant Deadlines & Workshop

Summer Grant Deadlines: 

Grant Workshop: May 25, 3:00 pm RSVP

Major Grant draft proposal budget: June 15 

Major Grant final application: July 15 


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

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

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October 15: Major Community Project Grant proposals are due.  

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"This wonderful discussion group is a window to the world for me."

~ Perspectives book discussion participant


Please make a gift and help open a window to the world through the power of literature!

Thank you – every gift matters!


A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear:

The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears)

Recommended by David Juvet, NH Business & Industry Association

A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear by Matthew Hongoliz-Hetling is a sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, always disturbing look at the “Free Town” movement, an early precursor to the “Free State" movement. Lessons can be learned from the unintended consequences of deliberately setting out to remove all levels of government from society. Written by a former Granite State reporter about what happened to Grafton, a small northern New Hampshire town, chosen by political extremists hoping to create a “libertarian” paradise.

Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling is a freelance journalist specializing in narrative features and investigative reporting. He has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, won a George Polk Award, and been voted Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press association, among numerous other honors. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, USA Today, Popular Science, Atavist Magazine, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Associated Press, and elsewhere. He lives in New England. 

Partner News

Exhibit honors longtime director of the UNH Center for the Humanities

Burt Feintuch, director of the UNH Center for the Humanities for more than 30 years and professor of English and folklore, is being honored posthumously in an exhibit of photos celebrating his last book, Creole Soul. Feintuch published widely on roots music and conducted ethnographic field research in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada. NH Artist Laureate Gary Samson frequently accompanied him on his trips to photograph the music scenes and portraits of the musicians interviewed. An exhibit of Samson’s photos from Creole Soul: Zydeco Lives (part of the American Made Series from University Press of Mississippi) is now open at the Seacoast African American Cultural Center (SAACC) in Portsmouth through June 10. DETAILS 

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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.