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Past Speakers

“The Vow from Hiroshima”: Advocacy for Nuclear Disarmament
Putnam Foundation
What Makes a Writer?
Gets Personal: The Importance of Music in People's Lives
Peterborough Folk Music
Can Our Democracy Thrive Without Local Journalism?
The Gilbert Verney Foundation
The Freedom to Read: Why Banning Books Is a Threat to Democracy
Reading Foundation
Out of the Shadows: Remembering New Hampshire’s Black Past
Nature Writing, Nature Walking: Spirituality and the Living World in Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and Thich Nhat Hanh
RBC Wealth Management
The Empathy Machine: How One 90-Year-Old Theatre Is Embracing Change
Applied Cartooning: Civic Engagement, Public Health, and Funny Animal
Putnam Foundation
The Bald Eagle: Symbol and Species in American History
Monadnock Community Hospital
Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure: The Essentials
RBC Wealth Management
Immigrant Justice Delayed, Human Rights Denied - Finding a Way Forward
Monadnock Fika Group
The Story Only You Can Tell
Reading Foundation
Finding Hope in a Five-Minute World
Monadnock Community Hospital
Honest Aging:  What’s the Right Medical Care for Older Adults
Coevolution: The Model for Humanity's Sustainable Future
Gilbert Verney Foundation
A Deep and Enduring Presence: Using Archaeology to Write Native American History
Putnam Foundation
From Enemies to Enlightenment: The Hidden Gift Within Racial Tension
The N Word, Nature Revisited: Conversations with John Muir and Others
Sponsored by Monadnock Conservancy
Writing About Overlooked Women
Sponsored by The Reading Foundation
What I’ve Learned about Gender Inequity and What We Can Do About It
Sponsored by Putnam Foundation/New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Searching for Life Beyond Earth: Moving from Science Fiction to Science Fact
Sponsored by McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Do Morals Matter in Foreign Policy?
Sponsored by The Verney Foundation
What Can History Tell Us About the Present?
Sponsored by RiverMead
An Introduction to Kinkō Ryū Shakuhachi
Sponsored by Electric Earth Concerts
A Morning of Language and Laughter
Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management
The World on Fire: From the Amazon to Australia
Sponsored by Grove Street Fiduciary LLC
Why They Marched: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage
Sponsored by the New Hampshire Women's Foundation
Why Children’s Popular Culture Matters: The Politics of Children’s Toys and Media
Sponsored by People's United Bank - Peterborough & Jaffrey Branches
The Resisters: On Writing a Baseball Dystopia
Sponsored by Putnam Foundation/New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
They Said It Couldn’t Be Done: Illustrating Philosophical Ideas with Jokes!
Sponsored by The Verney Foundation
From Homer to Hank Williams: Thoughts about singing and songwriting
Sponsored by Peterborough Folk Music
Speech, Freedom, and Inclusion of College Campuses
Sponsored by The Reading Foundation
Democracy, Bipartisanship, and Leadership in Troubled Times
Sponsored by RiverMead
Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
Title: The American correctional system ~ or is it?
A Troubled Sleep: Risk and Resilience in Contemporary Northern Ireland
Call Me American: My Long Journey from Somalia to Maine
Playing for Peace through Chamber Music
Equal Citizens or Oligarchy: New Hampshire and the Cross-partisan Movement for the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Anchor and Flares: Stories of Motherhood, Hope, and Service
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
Pilgrims' Progress: Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers 1590-1650
Technology and Moral Obligations
Falling Asleep to Gunfire: Violence in Chicago, a Country’s Slumbering Response, and How Gang Members Become Peacekeepers
Climate Changes in New England: From Science to Solutions
Tamed & Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
Real Food, Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It
Their Songs Were Their Weapon: The Role of Music in Political Resistance in America
This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life
Writing Near the “Third Rail”: Weaving Social Issues Into Mysteries
My Life, My Love, My Legacy: The Story of Coretta Scott King
Are We Curing Cancer?
Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Honeybee Democracy: What Bees Can Teach Us About Collective Decision-Making
Saving the Land that Sustains Us – and Other Steps Needed to Secure the Future of Farming
The Soul of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
From Beans to Green: How Business Can Work to Help the Planet
Refugees in Europe: Overture to a Global Crisis
Artistic Women of New Hampshire: A Musical Program
Writing a Woman’s Life: Rosemary Kennedy, The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
A Leadership Issue: Applying Branding Principles to Combat Unconscious Bias.
Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
Race in America: Can We Talk?
The Sources and Evolution of New England Contra Dance Music: An Annotated Concert
Reclaiming the Core: Education for Social Beings and Idea Creators
Reef Life in Your Back Yard: Kelp Beds, Meadows and Forests
Poor (in) Democracy: How America is Defaulting on Democracy, and the Long Walk to Get it Back
The Ship That Held Up Wall Street
Sex Wars to Red Scare: A Civil Liberties Odyssey
Dwelling in Possibility
One Writer’s Journey
From Navajo Healing Ceremonies to Twenty-first Century Medicine
Nature: A Panacea to Our Problems?
The Crisis of Music Culture Today: What Are the Songs We Need to Hear?
Growing Up in a Porn Culture
Are We Seeing a Manufacturing Renaissance?
Louisa May Alcott: Beyond Little Women
The Winter of Our Disconnect: Reflections of a Digital Fugitive
JUMBO AND LITTLE PHIL: Emily Dickinson’s Romance with Otis Phillips Lord
Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local-Economy Pioneer
Bluegrass: Celebrating an American Musical Art
Celebrating Our Kinship with All Creation
Cheap Grace and the American Way of War
Every society creates the vampire it needs: Vampires, Morality and the Fate of the Planet
Is There an America Beyond Capitalism?
The Future of Healthcare
Confess or Deny: What's a "Witch" to Do?
Make it Start! Make it Stop! Technology and the Future of Religious Experience
What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World
Forging a New Politics To Drive Real Change in America
Rethinking Food Politics in America: From Farmer’s Markets to Walmart
A Celebration of New England Contra Dance Music Honoring Bob McQuillen
A New Era of Health Reform: The New England Experience
Opening the Window: A Sabbath Meditation on Paradox, Meaning and Joy