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Building Civic Strength: New Hampshire Community Conversations with Laura Knoy in Nashua

Nashua, N.H.--NH Civics and NHPR will continue a series of candid community conversations on citizenship on April 19th, from 6-7 PM at the Nashua Public Library. 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 


Conversations with panelists will cover a variety of topics exploring the complexities of American life today, such as:  

  • Is the American Revolution ongoing? 
  • How have our local communities and our state changed over time? How have people shaped that change?
  • What virtues and values are needed for people to make change together? How can we advocate for improvement and teach young people to use their civic voices in a responsible and considered manner? 


Panelists for this event include:

  • Chris Brooks, Souhegan High School teacher of ethics/philosophy, advisor to HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts)  
  • Sudi Lett, Youth and Education Coordinator, Granite State Organizing Project-Young Organizers United (YOU), Central High School Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach 
  • Melanie Levesque, former Democratic State Senator, business owner
  • Dr. Betty Tamposi, former Assistant Secretary of State at the US Department of State in George HW Bush Administration, three term member of the NH House of Representatives


The event will be produced as a special hour-long broadcast slated to air on NHPR Thursday, April 28, 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 3 at the Rochester Opera House and 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’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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