News and Upcoming Events from the UNH Center for the Humanities

Upcoming Events


Monday, February 1
5:00 pm
First Monday
Jason Sokol: "All Eyes Are Upon Us: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the Northeast Since World War II"
Three Chimneys Inn

Wednesday, February 3 
7:00 pm
2016 MLK Commemorative Address: Spencer Overton
MUB Granite State Room

See all MLK Programs and Events 

Wednesday, February 10
3:10 pm
Sidore Lecture
"Implementing 'Precision' Medicine: Ethical Concerns in a Postgenomic World"
Dr. Barbara Koenig
(Institute for Health and Aging, UCSF)
MUB Theater I

Thursday, February 18 
5:00 pm
Discussion and Q&A with Iraq War veteran and novelist Matt Gallagher, co-sponsored by the English Department
MUB Theater II


Tuesday, March 1
12:40 pm
Faculty Fellow Talk: Scott Weintraub
"Latin American E-Poetry: Scientific Readings and Digital Humanities Approaches"

MUB 203

Monday, March 7
5:00 pm
First Monday
Subrena Smith "Population and Individual Development"
Three Chimneys Inn

Wednesday, March 9
3:10 pm
Sidore Lecture
"The Dog Genome: Shedding Light on Human Diseases"
Dr. Elaine Ostrander
(Head of Comparative Genetics, NIH)

MUB Theater I

Thursday, March 10
5:00 pm
Keith Polk Music Lecture Series
Ellen Exner
(New England Conservatory)
Verrette Recital Hall



Monday, April 4
5:00 pm
First Monday
Douglas Lanier "Shakespeare's First Folio in New Hampshire"
Three Chimneys Inn

Wednesday, April 13
3:10 pm
Sidore Lecture
"The Invisible Influence of the Human Microbiome"
Dr. Jack A. Gilbert
(University of Chicago)

MUB Theater I

Wednesday, April 27
3:10 pm
Sidore Lecture
"Probing Human Ancestry with Ancient DNA"
Dr. John Hawks
(University of Wisconsin)
MUB Theater I


Monday, May 2
5:00 pm
First Monday
Nora Draper "Bystander Intervention in Anonymous Mobile Apps"

Three Chimneys Inn

Thursday, May 26 
Time TBA
Premiere of Shadows Fall North 
Film Matters Series
The Music Hall, Portsmouth

Event dates, times, and locations do occasionally change during the semester, especially during months known for inclement weather.  Please visit the events page on our website for updated listings.


A Note from Our Director, Burt Feintuch

I’ll be on sabbatical during the spring semester, concentrating on my next book, Creole Soul, which is about zydeco, the music of black Creoles primarily from Louisiana and Texas. The Center’s work will be in the very capable hands of Assistant Director Katie Umans; please contact her concerning any humanities center matters, including funding requests (, 862-4356).



Center Awards First Round of Fellowships in Publicly Engaged Humanities

We have awarded the inaugural round of funding to enable individual humanities scholars and teams to undertake collaborative projects, partnering with community or other public organizations and bringing humanities scholarship to bear in the context of advancing democracy, civic life, and the public good.

Eleanor Harrison-Buck (Anthropology)
To document the rich heritage of two Kriol communities located in the lower Belize Watershed, developing, in partnership with these communities, a public history exhibit within a local visitor center.

Svetlana Peshkova (Anthropology)
To develop internship opportunities for students in partnership with the American School of Oriental Research, focused on ASOR's work documenting the destruction of material cultural heritage by ISIS in Syria and Iraq.  Student interns will document damage and promote global awareness.

David Kaye (Theatre and Dance) Molly Donovan (Cooperative Extension) and Michelle Holt-Shannon (New Hampshire Listens)
To further their work in engaged theater in NH.  The Facilitation Laboratory trains community leaders and facilitators to manage anger and disruption in public meeting settings through a specially designed interactive theater model, using trained actors.  The purpose is to bring civility back to community discussions

Meet our 2016-2017 Faculty Fellows

The Center for the Humanities has awarded Faculty Research Fellowships to four faculty members in support of their research for 2016-2017:

Harriet Fertik (Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies)
“Outside the Ideal Community: Spaces for Education and Politics in Greco-Roman Antiquity and W.E.B. Dubois” will use questions raised in The Souls of Black Folk to investigate the relationship between education and citizenship in antiquity.

Nicole Fox (Sociology)
“Rebuilding from the Ashes of a Traumatic Past: The Everyday Complexities of Memory and Reconciliation in the Lives of Rwandan Genocide Survivors” will chronicle how narratives of the Rwandan genocide are told and re-told almost two decades after the violence.

Eliga Gould (History)
“Crucible of Peace: 1783 and the Founding of the American Republic” will look at the tensions between the terms imposed by the treaty-makers and the wishes of the people whom the treaty purported to bind in one of the least-studied of the United States’ founding documents: The Treaty of Paris.

Subrena Smith (Philosophy)
“Developmental Systems Theory and Beyond” will be an interdisciplinary research project--drawing on philosophy, biology and psychology--that will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Developmental Systems Theory with a view toward expanding on its strengths and rectifying its weaknesses.

Funded by the Center for the Humanities' general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, the fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations. Awardees participate in the Faculty Fellows Lecture Series in the year following their fellowship.

Programs & Projects Grant Awards

Robert W. Eshbach, Associate Professor of Music, is receiving support to develop an international musicological conference exploring the life and legacy of 19th century violinist and composer Joseph Joachim in Boston this summer.

Nathan Jorgensen, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies, is receiving support to complete a CD of saxophone and percussion duo music.

Alecia Magnifico, Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the English Teaching Program, and Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, Associate Professor of English and Director of First Year Writing, will be continuing work on a colloquium on student writing and college readiness, a cooperative project involving both New Hampshire high school teachers and UNH writing instructors.

Julia Rodriguez, Associate Professor of History, will be completing summer research for her book project, "Cultural Conquistadors: Nineteenth Century Anthropology and the Scientific Reconquest of the Americas," which will examine Americanist anthropology in the late 19th century, expanding on existing histories of anthropology and bringing essential Latin American influences to light.

Anthropologist Meghan Howey Named Next Hayes Chair

Professor Howey's term as James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of the Humanities will run from fall 2016 to spring 2021.  The Hayes Chair was established to be a focal point for research and teaching on New Hampshire's history, culture and government.

We asked Professor Howey a few questions about the work she will be doing over the next five years in her Hayes Chair project: A Deep Time, Multi-Archive Narrative of the Anthropocene in the Great Bay.

Q: Your project focuses on a geological epoch defined as “the Anthropocene.”  For those who may not be familiar with that term, can you define it?

A: While it has not been formally designated yet as a geologic epoch, many scientists agree that given the major impact of human activities on earth and atmosphere, we are living in the Anthropocene, a human-dominated geological epoch supplementing the Holocene. This means humans are not just biological agents but geologic agents, which is a pretty profound thing to think about.
Q: What inspired you to work on this topic?

A: One of my longstanding research interests as an archaeologist has been the materialization of the dialectical relationship between people and their landscapes--how individuals inhabit landscape and it inhabits them. Doing geospatial analyses to look at past landscapes, I started working more closely with natural scientists, where these methods are more developed. While originally I began working with natural scientists for methodological reasons, this quickly turned to broader topical/theoretical interests. My research has increasingly focused on collaborating with natural scientists to look at ecosystem conditions within the context of the long and variable history of human population influence and to use these deep-time perspectives to improve our understanding of current anthropogenic change...
 Read the full conversation.


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