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Building Civic Strength: New Hampshire Community Conversations with Laura Knoy at  Rochester Opera House

Rochester N.H.  - NH Civics and NHPR will bring a series of candid community conversations on citizenship to Rochester on May 3rd, from 6-7 PM at the Rochester Opera House. These civics programs are being held around New Hampshire with a diverse panel of guest speakers hosted by Laura Knoy. 


Attendees can opt to join in person or virtually for a live discussion about how New Hampshire's people and communities can act now to build back our civic strength. The programs are free online or in person, with prior registration. Sign up and find out more at 


Panelists for this event include:

    • Anna Brown, Director of Research & Analysis, Citizens Count
    • Lovey Roundtree Oliff, Exeter Select Board member, host of the PodCaste System podcast
    • Bruce Mallory, NH Listens Co-founder, Co-Author of the NH Civic Health Index
  • Aaron Blais, Exeter High School social studies teacher, veteran


The event will be produced as a special hour-long broadcast slated to air on NHPR Thursday, May 12, at 2 PM.


“Our hope is that through our collected civic initiatives we can inform and review how New Hampshire communities are dealing with the state of democracy today as we head into the upcoming midterm elections this fall,” said Michael Brindley, NHPR Program Director.


Martha Madsen, Executive Director of NH Civics, said “We’ve been seeking out diverse ways to reconnect with the community, redefining what active citizenship looks like, and bringing people together to talk about crucial questions – how we live and problem-solve together.”

Upcoming locations include May 17th at the Berlin City Hall. For more Information or to register go to

About New Hampshire Public Radio

NHPR is New Hampshire’s only statewide radio news service and is broadcast from 14 different sites as well as online and on demand. NHPR is investing in multimedia capabilities, as well as producing podcasts and digital products. NHPR’s award-winning team delivers local news, programs, and podcasts including The Folk Show, Outside/In, Civics 101, Document and N.H. News Recap.  NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national weekly programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life. 


About NH Civics

NH Civics is the only organization in New Hampshire focused on teaching civics to all ages. Our free-of-charge programs and resources help people understand how democracy works, how to find the facts, and how to be good and active citizens. Committed to non-partisanship, we believe people from all zip codes and of varied perspectives and ages deserve high-quality information, experiential learning that lasts, and a confidence that their voice matters. In New Hampshire, we are proud of our role in the national political arena; NH Civics prepares NH residents to play their part. 

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