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NHTI Students Place First in 2021 Humanities Collaborative Big Contest

HUGEmanities The Big Contest winners

CONCORD — NHTI – Concord’s Community College announces two top prizes in the 2021 N.H. Humanities Collaborative’s HUGEmanities “The Big Contest.” This year’s contest sought digital projects with a focus on racial and social equity, including aspects of digital research, production, argument, and creative expression.

First place Digital Storytelling Award went to Rebecca Nann, an NHTI Liberal Arts major and former president of the social sciences club, for her video “Art as Glue: How We Hold It Together” that was also showcased at the CCSNH Making Sense of COVID symposium in February.

First place Change the World Award for projects making an impact on the world went to The Eye literary journal team led by Melissa Sprague, an NHTI Education major and newly elected president of The Eye, and included strong work by Brian Melendy.

Students turned the Campus Reads work on Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise and the panel discussion on indigenous issues in education and society into a website containing resources and a video culled from that panel discussion.

Contest judges state, “This work, and work like it, shines a light on the critical role that the humanities play in shaping our world. It is through thinking critically, leading, communicating, and working cooperatively, that we continue to drive change.” Winning entries and videos can be seen here:

Funded by a multi-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative (NHHC) is a close collaboration between New Hampshire’s higher education system of seven comprehensive community colleges and the College of Liberal Arts at UNH, the state’s flagship public and research-intensive university.

For information about humanities courses embedded in NHTI programs such as Liberal Arts, General Studies, Social Sciences, and ESOL, and to learn more about The Eye literary journal, contact NHTI department chair and NHHC faculty fellow Dr. Paula DelBonis-Platt at Explore all of the programs at NHTI at and discover huge savings with seamless transfer pathways from NHTI to UNH.

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