Events & Programs
The Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1965 in memory of Saul O Sidore of Manchester, New Hampshire. The purpose of the series is to offer the University community and the state of New Hampshire programs that raise critical and sometimes controversial issues facing our society. The University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities sponsors the programs.
The Center for the Humanities annually hosts a series of informal lectures featuring the recipients of faculty fellowships. The talks focus on the fellows’ research. They provide an opportunity for faculty members to learn more about each other’s work and allow the Center to show off some of the intellectual riches it has helped foster. The goal of the series is to create a collegial environment that encourages discussion.
Shadows Fall North
Portsmouth, and many other towns in New Hampshire, have been home to enslaved natives of Africa and to African-Americans for more than 350 years, but their stories have often been left out of the official narrative. Our new film, produced in collaboration with Atlantic Media Productions, chronicles the efforts of two community scholars and activists, Valerie Cunningham and JerriAnne Boggis, to bring to light stories of Africans and African-Americans in New Hampshire, from slavery to the Civil Rights era. The full film debuted on May 26, 2016 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth as part of their Film Matters series. A nine-minute preview can be viewed at blackhistorynh.com, where upcoming screening dates will also be posted. DVD's are not yet publicly available, but we can provide review copies upon request.
In 2011 the Center for the Humanities produced a 30-minute documentary about the lives of five refugees who have been re-settled in New Hampshire. They tell their very personal stories of war, persecution,refugee camps, and starting again in New Hampshire. Umija and Rasim Gusinac, Udai Baskota, Zahara Mahitula, and Munaf Mahmood come from different countries and backgrounds, but they are all part of the most recent chapter in New Hampshire's ongoing population narrative.
The State of the Humanities/The Humanities and the State examined the state of the humanities in society and here on campus and asked how our experiences reflect recent national dialogues, spurred in part by the release of the National Academy of Arts and Science's Heart of the Matter report. We raised, among other questions, whether there is in fact a crisis in the humanities, what constitutes a crisis, and what this all means for universities and for society. What is the humanities' role and responsibility in preparing citizens for life in a diverse modern society?