National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Participates in Grappone Institute Roundtable

May 23, 2019

By Michelle Adams O'Regan

On Wednesday, May 22, the Gregory J. Grappone Humanities Institute, in partnership with New Hampshire Humanities (NHH), welcomed National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chair, Jon Parrish Peede, to the Saint Anselm College campus. In the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center, Peede participated in a public discussion titled “The Role of the Public Humanities & The National Endowment for the Humanities in New Hampshire/Rural America,” with Saint Anselm Conversatio faculty and members of surrounding communities.

The event began with a welcome from Ellen Scarponi, NHH Board Chair, as well as a video presentation from New Hampshire District 1 Representative Chris Pappas.

Dr. Gary Bouchard, director of the Grappone Humanities Institute, spoke about “the partnership with New Hampshire Humanities that enabled us to bring Chairman Peede to our campus for a robust conversation about the role of the humanities in the lives of those we teach and the people in our communities.” “Our hope,” he said, “is that this dialogue today will lead to many more conversations about how we can bring the power of the humanities in all their forms to a variety of people in impactful and creative ways.”

A roundtable discussion led by Dr. Tricia Peone from NHH included Peede along with Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine from Plymouth State University; Dr. Dennis Britton from University of New Hampshire; and Dr. Barbara Will from Dartmouth College.

Following the roundtable, Peede also spoke at a luncheon for supporters of the Grappone Humanities Institute in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP). Established in 2018 with a generous gift from Robert and Beverly Grappone, the Institute’s mission is to affirm and invigorate Saint Anselm College’s 129-year-old commitment to humanistic studies through active engagement with all academic departments and other student-centered centers and organizations on campus, as well as with partners in the surrounding communities.