The Humanities Program
The Humanities Program seeks to bring new experiences to our students, honoring our mission to awaken a curiosity for knowledge and a passion for learning. Approximately once per month, a Friday evening is dedicated to a special performance or presentation. We strive to create a program of events each year that features diverse fields and modes of expression. Artists, speakers, performers, and professionals from all walks of life share their talents and experiences and engage in meaningful dialogue with our community.
2015-2016 Schedule of Events
yon Tande (né Whitney V. Hunter) works in the areas of performance, exhibition, curation, and education. He creates for the stage, gallery and alternative spaces. Whitney has performed in the companies of, and with, Martha Graham Dance Company, Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel/Performance Group, Rioult Dance, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Martha Clarke, John Jesurun, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, at the Metropolitan Opera. He directs his performance collective Whitney Hunter[MEDIUM] and is a Movement Research 2013 Artist in Residence.
Imagine! A comedy stage hypnosis show, blending comedy, music and audience participation. Volunteers from the audience become the stars of the show as they embark on a tasteful, yet hilarious, journey into the imagination. Back by popular demand!
Named to the prestigious Steinway Artist Roster, Robin has sold one million CDs making her one of America’s most popular contemporary female pianists/composers. Her music has over 79 million spins on Pandora, the internet’s largest radio station. Robin’s concerts include hilarious excerpts from her award-winning memoir, “Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland.”
2015-2016 Past Events
Kevin Gardner is a writer, teacher, tradesman, and a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH. He has been a stone wall builder for forty years, and is the author of The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls, as well as poetry, songs, and essays.
In the Humanities grand finale, we will dance into the night with a healthy dose of Cab Callaway. Dance students will tutor their peers in the coolest dance moves of the 1920s and 1930s as live music plays on loud and clear. All will be encouraged to come dressed in their Gatsby-esque best.
Dubliners will take a school-wide field trip to the Redfern Arts Center in Keene for Aquila Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s legendary tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Recognized world-wide as one of theater’s most iconic couples, Romeo and Juliet are the very archetype of tragic young lovers. The Aquila Theatre will bring its innovative style and dynamic physical approach to Shakespeare’s most famous and heart-breaking play.
Of Bread and Paper is the story of a poor refuge trying to find his way home. His exile is self imposed but enforced by the struggles of the world: poverty, conflict, indecision, and love. The show is played with paper figures, light and shadows.
Part poetic talent show, part open mic-night, part writing showcase, this Poetry Night is the bookish younger sister to Dublin’s annual Coffee House. Students, faculty, and community members will perform original work in various genres. The evening will culminate as the student finalists in the Poetry Out-Loud competition duel for a chance to attend the statewide competition.
Jim Pensiero lives for the smell of the morning news hot off the press. For the majority of his professional life, Pensiero called The Wall Street Journal his home as the Deputy News Editor, the VP of Operations, and most recently the Editor of Talent.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Edwin Torres uses the medium of film to tell the millions of stories hiding just beneath the surface of often overlooked city blocks.