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Zoom with Santa

All children and caregivers are welcome to join Santa on Zoom through the Conway Library to enjoy stories, singing, and more! Children are encouraged to write a letter to Santa including their wish list, and if they would like to ask Santa one question to be presented on Zoom, please include that in the letter. Letters should be delivered to the library by December 18th at 2 PM. Letters may be hand delivered or mailed to "Santa, C/O Conway Library" at 15 Greenwood Avenue, Conway NH 03818.

The Middle East

The term "Middle East" is a changing geopolitical concept. Throughout recent history, this term referred to a political, a cultural, and a geographical region with no clear boundaries. Moreover, this concept serves to generate stereotypes and misunderstanding. This multimedia presentation by Mohamed Defaa provides an analytical framework to understand the histories, social identities, and cultures behind this complex concept of "Middle East."

This is a virtual presentation. Register for Zoom access here: https://bit.ly/3ppRXxi

The Guitar in Latin America: Continuities, Changes and Bicultural Strumming

Jose Lezcano presents a multi-media musical program that showcases the guitar in Latin America as an instrument that speaks many languages. Lezcano presents a variety of musical styles: indigenous strummers in ritual festivals from Ecuador, Gaucho music from Argentina, European parlor waltzes from Venezuela, and Afro-Brazilian samba-pagode. He also plays pieces by Villa-Lobos, Brouwer, Lauro, Barrios, Pereira, and examples from his Fulbright-funded research in Ecuador.

Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England

Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers" full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these "newspapers" were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears.

The Quest for Happiness

The ancient Greek philosophers defined eudaimonia as living a full and excellent life. In this illustrated talk, Maria Sanders explores how ideas of happiness have changed in Western civilization through the ages, while comparing and contrasting major concepts of well-being throughout the world. Can money buy happiness? To what extent does engaging in one's community impact happiness? When worldwide surveys of happiness are conducted, why doesn't the United States make the top ten?

Granite State Gallery: NH Art and Artists Through the Years

New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the colonial era. What is distinctive about the art made here? This program will consider works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state's scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam, and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists discussed in this program.

Fierce Females: Women in Art

Women have long been the subject of art, often depicted as nothing more than objects of desire. How do images of women change when women become the creators? This program examines the history of women in art in brief and then explores the lives, careers and works of several major women artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt, and Frida Kahlo are some of the artists discussed in this program.

Hooked: Narratives of Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption

Hooked: Narratives of Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption Presenter: Kate Gaudet In the midst of New Hampshire’s opioid crisis, we are far from the time when addiction was an unfamiliar and even taboo subject. This talk explores some of the most common stories about addiction and recovery, providing  tools for understanding on a narrative and structural level. 

Made possible by the NH Humanities. Please register here: https://bit.ly/376ELX7

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