Lights, Camera, Civics!

Movies help us experience and understand each other and the world around us. They educate and enlighten us. And, they can lead to meaningful and much-needed discourse. Lights, Camera, Civics! hopes to be a catalyst for such conversations. Not only is there division in our country and state over a multitude of issues, within our own communities there is a clear lack of connection among people of different ages and viewpoints. For that reason, NH Institute for Civics Education offers film screenings in all ten NH counties to generate multigenerational conversations about law, justice, and civics. Through Lights, Camera, Civics!, a film will be offered each year, chosen to appeal to a range of ages and demographics. Local teams made up of a lawyer, a teacher, and a high school student will lead the discussions.


The film selected for 2018-19 was To Kill A Mockingbird which was presented in the kick-off event on Sunday, January 27, 2018 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service at UNH School of Law in Concord. Discussion facilitators included Patrick Anderson, Colby Sawyer College humanities professor and film expert; Attorney Dina Michael Chaitowitz, former appellate chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston; and a yet-to-be-selected local high school student. Anderson says: “Having taught college film classes for decades, I can attest to the impact which this powerful art form can have on viewers – how it can serve as a catalyst for meaningful and thought-provoking conversations.”

Events were held in 8 communities throughout NH, impacting 250 NH residents. NH Civics hopes to begin again with another engaging and relevant film once it is safe once again to gather together. 


Generous support gratefully received from:

New Hampshire Humanities

Our programs in action!

Thank you so much for your organization. I truly am most appreciative of the financial gift. This is such a rarity for teachers. In fact, finding a no-cost professional development can be a difficulty. You showed respect by providing a no-cost training, a delicious lunch, and a stipend. Thank you so very much. Looking forward to future newsletters and workshops! Thank you for helping teachers grow in their knowledge of a most important subject and cause: civics education.
- Sabrina Maltby, Manchester Public Schools
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