A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters!
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A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters


November is Native American Heritage Month, and New Hampshire Humanities joins our neighbors across the county in celebrating the rich culture and contributions of Native Americans. The National Endowment for the Humanities offers resources for honoring Native American Heritage Month. Learn more here.


Join us for our next Humanities@Home program:
The War in Gaza and Israel:
Background and Context 

Friday, December 1 at 5:00 pm on Zoom
(Free and open to the public)  

Why is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so complicated and difficult to resolve? Will there ever be peace in the region? Join us on December 1, as Dr. Tarek El-Ariss of Dartmouth College leads a discussion about the events that continue to unfold in the Middle East, providing historical background and political context for the crisis involving Israel, Palestine, and Hamas.  

Register now


The Big Read continues through November 28
It's not too late to join the Big Read!

Launched in early September, the
NH Big Read ends later this month. Generations of Granite Staters have been gathering to read, think, and understand our shared NH stories, and we invite you to join us at one of the remaining events:

November 18, 10:00 am in Danville:
A Walk in the Woods at the Tucker Town Trail (rain or shine) Details

November 27, 5:00 pm in Danville:
Full Moon Gathering at Ball Park Drive Details

November 28, 7:00 pm in Gilsum:
Book Discussion of The Bear at the Gilsum Public Library Details

Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org/BigRead.

NEA Big Read is a program of National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest.


Community Project Grant-Funded Programs

Expanding the Canon 4: A Play Reading Circle 
Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm 
theatre KAPOW, ZOOM 

In the fourth instance of this program, theatre KAPOW is focusing on contemporary playwrights uplifting the disabled voice. In October, they will discuss I Never Slept with Helen Keller by Raymond Luczak, a Deaf playwright. Stephanie Barton-Farcas, a theatre artist and author of the book Disability and Theatre: A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts, will facilitate this discussion. Sign up in advance to be emailed a pdf copy of the play, a dramaturgical packet with contextual information, and the zoom link for the meeting. RSVP

Humanities Scholar-in-Residence Book Discussion 
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 pm 
Jaffrey Public Library, 38 Main Street, Jaffrey/ZOOM 

As part of a larger discussion focused on transitions, and how we as humans transition through life, and define ourselves along these journeys, Dr. Carrie Brown will facilitate a discussion of Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett. More information is available on the Jaffrey Public Library website here

Multilingual Book to Art 

Thursday, November 9, 4:00 pm 
Thursday, November 16, 4:00 pm 
Thursday, November 30, 4:00 pm 
Thursday, December 7, 4:00 pm 
Dover Public Library, 73 Locust Street, Dover 

Come 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 kindergarten-3rd grade (and their families) are invited to join 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. 

Registration is not required, but attendees can sign up for session email reminders here.

Upcoming deadlines for
Community Project Grants:

Major Community Project Grant draft proposals are due Dec. 15, 2023. The final application is due Jan. 15, 2024. For more information and to access the application materials, click here.  

Mini Community Project Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here.   


Attend a Perspectives
book group near you!

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

December 2, 9:30 am, Epsom Public Library 
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler DETAILS 

December 13, 6:30 pm, Whitefield Public Library
The Humans by Matt Haig DETAILS

For more information about the books and scholar facilitators, visit www.nhhumanities.org/Perspectives or email us at bookgroups@nhhumanities.org.


For even more programs and events happening across New Hampshire, visit our online calendar! 


Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, or helped make the 2023 Annual Celebration of the Humanities–and the kick-off to our 50th anniversary year– a huge success! Watch your inbox for photos from the evening: our keynote speaker, author Jodi Picoult; the 2023 Excellence in the Humanities Award; and a new video that was unveiled at the celebration, featuring some people you might recognize. Stay tuned!

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