"We Hold These Truths..." Call For Proposals

Call for Proposals

This event will encourage dialogue and exploration of the ideas of truth and equality. To enhance the dialogue and civic engagement by UNH and community college students, NHHC and GRSIL seek proposals that integrate this theme/topic into course curriculum during the Spring 2022 semester. Successful applications will contribute to the “We Hold These Truths…” culminating event currently scheduled for April 8, 2022 at NHTI in Concord, NH. Contributions may take the form of artistic expression, written works, visual/performance art, and/or an examination of narratives about the idea of truth. 

Potential Outputs

We encourage proposals that examine both formal and informal engagement with truth and how it is construed as well as scientific, social and artistic representations of truth (i.e., scholarship, scientific methodologies, philosophical, anthropological, political, legal, global, and religious perspectives etc.). Proposal outputs can take the form of curriculum units, student presentations, co-creations between students and/or faculty, collaborative research between students and/or faculty, the design and publishing of websites and other digital media, and events and other community outreach projects.

The NHHC and GRSIL encourage projects that foster partnerships between students and faculty/staff from UNH and the community colleges, or with other New Hampshire institutions. Participants may be invited to participate in the New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative Winter Academy January 14, 2022 to further explore collaborations between CCSNH and UNH.

While we welcome collaboration across classes and institutions, we also encourage projects that do not have a collaborative component, so long as the key themes of the call are engaged.

Examples of approaches in different disciplines:

  • Art and Art History: How is truth depicted, contested, and explored through visual mediums?
  • Literature: What narratives of truth and equality are depicted, contested, and explored through literary mediums?
  • History and Classics: How have ideas around truth been treated historically, and how do they influence our understandings today?
  • Race and Gender: What is the relationship between identity and questions of diversity, equality, and truth?
  • Architecture and Design: How do we understand and envision truth in “place and space”?
  • Culture: How do different cultures (present and historical) create and interpret conceptions of truth?
  • Music and Performance Art: How do we explore, portray, interpret, and reveal truth?
  • Computer Science and Technology: How does human engagement with technology influence understanding of truth and shared notions of justice?
  • Mathematics and Science: How do the disciplines of math and science establish, test, and support truth claims?
  • Social Sciences: How do conceptions of truth frame justice and legal systems? 
  • A classroom project around the topic of truth and inequality with student presentations at the event.
  • We also seek a graphic and digital arts class to partner in the creation of a pamphlet or poster for the event’s promotion.
  • Individual students with relevant projects are also welcome to apply.

Application Process

Submit the following documents to GRSI.Lab@unh.edu by December 10th, 2021. Decisions will be made by Mid-December.

  • 1-2 page program description including abstract, curricular plans, potential collaborations, and student deliverables for presentation at the April event.
  • Itemized budget and budget narrative/rationale

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

  • Rigorous and robust engagement with themes of truth and collective understanding
  • Supports the GRSIL and NHHC mission 
  • Feasibility of the budget and innovation
  • Potential impact of the project (including, if appropriate, the number of students served and timeframe)
  • Level of cross-campus engagement and collaboration


If you have questions, please contact Alynna Lyon (Alynna.lyon@unh.edu), Leslie Barber (lbarber@ccsnh.edu), or Stephanie Roper (sroper@ccsnh.edu).