Murray Visiting Journalist Marcus Weisgerber to Speak on ISIS and Journalism, March 1

February 18, 2016

Marcus Weisgerber

Marcus Weisgerber ’04 says what first drew him to covering the Pentagon was that fact that he could work in the nation’s capital.

“At first, it was just a journalism job in Washington,” says Weisgerber. “I knew little about the military and absolutely nothing about the bureaucracy that runs it, but it seemed like an incredibly important beat, particularly at a time when two wars were being fought. It didn’t take long before I realized my stories were having an impact and influencing policy decisions inside the Pentagon.”

Weisgerber, the global business reporter for Defense One, is the 2016 Donald M. Murray Journalist. He will give a talk titled “How ISIS is Changing the Way Journalists Cover War” on Tuesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. in MUB I.

While on campus he will visit journalism classes and meet with the staff of The New Hampshire.

The Journalism Program alum has reported from Afghanistan, the Middle East, Europe and Asia, and often travels with the defense secretary and other senior U.S. military officials. He writes about global military operations, arms sales and policy. He is the vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, BBC World Service, WABC, WBAL, WJLA, Monocle 24 and other nationally syndicated television and radio programs.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

UNH and Currier Museum of Art Celebrate 400 Years of Shakespeare, Featuring Exhibition of 1623 “First Folio”

February 16, 2016

photo of First Folio

The University of New Hampshire in conjunction with the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH is sponsoring a series of events in the winter and spring of 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Key among the activities is an exhibition of an original First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, at the Currier Museum from April 9 to May 1, 2016. The exhibit and all related events are free and open to the public.

The national traveling exhibition “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” is an initiative of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association. During 2016, the First Folio will tour all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. The locations include 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies and a theater. The Folger and its partners reviewed hundreds of potential applicant sites before making their final selections. The Currier Museum is the only host site in New Hampshire.

“The First Folio is the book that gave us Shakespeare. Between its covers we discover his most famous characters — Hamlet, Desdemona, Cordelia, Macbeth, Romeo, Juliet and hundreds of others — speaking words that continue to move and inspire us,” said Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. “Shakespeare tells the human story like no one else…. We are delighted that we can share this precious resource….”

The First Folio contains 36 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, including 18 plays that were first published in that volume. The Folger Shakespeare Library holds 82 copies of the First Folio, by far the largest collection in the world and more than a third of the 233 known copies in existence today. One of the most valuable printed books, a First Folio sold for $6.2 million in 2001 at Christie’s and another one for $5.2 million in 2006 in London.

“Bringing the First Folio to the Currier is a wonderful opportunity for New Hampshire residents, students and scholars alike to see firsthand the publication that made the argument for Shakespeare’s genius,” said Douglas Lanier, UNH professor of English, who co-sponsored the Currier host site application.

The UNH Department of English and the Currier Museum of Art have developed additional programming around the exhibit to enhance the exhibit experience and celebrate Shakespeare’s life, work and enduring influence on the occasion of the quadricentennial.

Events taking place at UNH in Durham include:

Lecture by Dan Falk, author of “The Science of Shakespeare”
February 17, 2016, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Building, Theatre I
In a wide-ranging and entertaining presentation, Mr. Falk, a leading science journalist, will address Shakespeare’s knowledge about and use of Renaissance science in his plays.

Film screening of “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” directed by Hank Rogerson
March 23, 2016, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Building Theater I
This award-winning documentary will introduce you to the inspiring work of Curt Tofteland, founder and director of Shakespeare Behind Bars, a Shakespeare performance program for prisoners based in Ohio.

Lecture by Curt Tofteland, founder and director of Shakespeare Behind Bars
March 30, 2016, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Building, Theatre II
Mr. Tofteland, a pioneer in Shakespeare in the prisons programs, will speak about his work and about Shakespeare as a tool for social rehabilitation and personal discovery.

The Music of Shakespeare
April 14, 2016, 5:30 p.m., Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library (Floor Five)
The UNH Music Department performs the music of Shakespeare.

UNH Shakespeare Festival
Early April 2016 (date tba)
Join us on the lawn of Thompson Hall for performance of Shakespearean excerpts by students of the UNH Theater Department.

Events taking place at the Currier Museum in Manchester include:

Shakespeare Family Day
April 9, 2016, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Events include a “make-your-own-folio” art activity and a family-friendly Shakespeare performance.

Art Talk
April 10, 2016, 2 p.m.
A discussion between University of Massachusetts-Lowell Professor Kevin Petersen and UNH-Manchester Professor Susanne Paterson about Shakespeare’s enduring place in American culture, with special emphasis on popular culture and film. The talk will be followed by a Collection Connections focus tour.

First Folio Late Night
April 21, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Lively conversation with St. Anselm College Professor Landis Magnuson and UNH Professor Douglas Lanier about the First Folio as a historical document and a living text. Theatre KAPOW will perform scenes from Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and there will be live music from the Manchester Community Music School.

For more information about the exhibition, “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” and for events taking place at the Currier Museum of Art, please visit the Currier Museum website at

For more information about events taking place on the UNH Durham campus, please visit the English Department website at

UNH Historian’s Book Chosen as Finalist for 2016 George Washington Prize

February 12, 2016

Janet Polasky

To mark the holiday celebrating the country’s first president, Washington College announced seven finalists for the prestigious George Washington Prize. Among them is UNH Presidential Professor of History Janet Polasky, nominated for her book “Revolutions Without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World (Yale University Press). The annual award recognizes the past year’s best written works on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of early American history.

Created in 2005 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Washington College, the $50,000 George Washington Prize is one of the nation’s largest and most notable literary awards. Past recipients have included Pulitzer Prize-wining historian Annette Gordon-Reed and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Distinguished historians and writers Sean Wilentz, Libby O’Connell and James Kirby Martin served as independent jurors who selected the finalists from a field of nearly 60 books published in the past year. The winner of the 2016 prize will be announced at a black-tie gala on Wednesday, May 25 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

This is not the first time a UNH historian has been chosen for this honor. Professor Eliga Gould was nominated for the prize in 2013 for his book, “Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire.”

In Our Own Backyard

February 8, 2016

Students from the University of New Hampshire’s journalism classes and The New Hampshire student newspaper cover the Democratic Debate held on campus before the 2016 NH Primary.

Link to the class blog:

Watch the video:

Produced by Scott Ripley, UNH Communications and Public Affairs

Historian Pens Book on Women’s Quest for the American Presidency

February 3, 2016

book cover
Professor of history Ellen Fitzpatrick has written a new book that gives context to Hillary Clinton’s current race for the White House, showing how her quest is part of a longer journey for women in America. “The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency,” published by Harvard University Press, tells the story of three women who set their sights on the American presidency, Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972). Each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates. “The Highest Glass Ceiling” reveals that women’s pursuit of the Oval Office, then and now, has involved myriad forms of influence, opposition and intrigue.

“The Highest Glass Ceiling” will be available from the publisher on February 29, 2016.

Fitzpatrick, who specializes in modern American political and intellectual history, is the author and editor of seven books, including “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation” (Ecco, 2010) and “History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past 1880-1980” (Harvard University Press, 2002). Fitzpatrick has appeared regularly on PBS’s “The NewsHour.” She has been interviewed as an expert on modern American political history by the “New York Times,” the “Wall Street Journal,” the “Los Angeles Times,” “USA Today,” the “Boston Globe,” the “Washington Post,” CBS’s “Face the Nation” and National Public Radio. The Carpenter Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, Fitzpatrick has been recognized by the University for Excellence in Public Service.

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