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The 2017 Black New England Conference began Friday at the University of New Hampshire.

The event brings scholars, writers, and activists together to discuss the history and present-day experience of African Americans in New England.

JerriAnne Boggis with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire helped organize the event.

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The Museum of Art at UNH in Durham is presenting the work of fifteen artists, all of whom are past recipients of the prestigious Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant

The show, "Impact,” opens with a reception on Oct. 26 and runs through Dec. 15.

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The University of New Hampshire is accepting applications for the 2017 Social Venture Innovation Challenge.

The contest calls for creative, business-oriented solutions to social and environmental problems.

Applicants submit their pitches via 3-minute videos. The winners receive cash prizes and support in getting their ideas of the ground.

The competition is open to students and the general public.

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Researchers at the University of New Hampshire will spend the next year developing a program to train  students on how to respond to peers when told about incidents of sexual violence.

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The state's longest-serving governor and a philanthropic entrepreneur have been awarded the University of New Hampshire's most prestigious awards.

Democrat John Lynch, who graduated from UNH in 1974 and served as governor from 2005-2013, was awarded the Charles Holmes Pettee Medal in recognition of his devotion to service. Lynch currently serves as a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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The University of New Hampshire is teaming up with a school district to provide fresh vegetables to students every week.

Beginning this month, the UNH Thompson School of Applied Science is supplying students in the Oyster River Cooperative School District with vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. The vegetables are grown hydroponically in greenhouses.

A free smartphone app developed at the University of New Hampshire to help prevent sexual assault and provide assistance to victims is now available nationwide.

The app – uSafeUS – was unveiled at an event on the UNH campus in Durham last week. It’s a national version of an app that was made available to students on 21 college campuses across New Hampshire last fall.

Sharyn Potter is a professor of sociology and executive director of research at the Prevention Innovations Research Center at UNH, and helped develop the app. She joined NHPR’s All Things Considered.

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This weekend, the music of composer Amy Beach will echo throughout UNH’s campus during a two-day event timed to celebrate her 150th birthday.

Beach, who was born in Henniker in 1867, is often referred to as ‘the Dean of American Women Composers.’ At a time when women were often limited to writing parlor songs and other light fare, UNH Professor Peggy Vagts says Beach was a trailblazer, composing complicated, bold music.

“She took on really major works. She wrote a mass, wrote a symphony. She was the first American woman to do that,” says Vagts.

 

The University of New Hampshire has been awarded a grant to support low-income students who pursue degrees in so-called STEM fields.

The school is receiving $300,000 from the National Science Foundation. The money will pay for mentoring programs, as well as on-the-job training for students majoring in science, technology, and math.

  

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter announced the funding, saying it will help address the state’s growing need for advanced manufacturing workers. 

  

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The University of New Hampshire has released an interim report on efforts to improve campus climate. The report comes from a task force created in the wake of a string of racially charged incidents that embroiled the Durham campus last school year.

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If you have stopped by a farmers' market in New Hampshire, you are not alone.

Several surveys from the University of New Hampshire, state agriculture officials and others found that 84 percent of 500 participants surveyed had shopped at a farmers' market and that most said they shopped there to either support local businesses or buy good quality products.

The key draw for shoppers was the quality, variety, market hours and location. The 16 percent of shoppers who had never been to a market, said they didn't have one near them or had no information about them.

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Hurricane Irma is forcing the University of New Hampshire football team to relocate an away game.

UNH head football coach Sean McDonnell says officials at UNH and Georgia Southern University had been considering rescheduling the game. Georgia Southern is near the coast, and in the possible path of the hurricane.

Then, the University of Alabama at Birmingham offered to host the game at its Legion Field.

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Colleges and universities in New Hampshire are reacting to President Trump’s decision to end the immigration policy known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The Economics of New Hampshire's Craft Beer Industry

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A Week of Summer Favorites continues with a look at the craft beer boom. Microbrews, nanobrews, tasting rooms, and seasonal pours...independent craft beer is on the rise in New Hampshire, but what is its economic impact? For beer fans and non-drinkers alike, the increase in small breweries is affecting New Hampshire tourism and small-town business growth. 

This show originally aired on August 8, 2017. 

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The University of New Hampshire says, thanks to a new program, more than 400 incoming freshman will attend the school tuition free. 

Under UNH’s new ‘Granite Guarantee’ program, any full-time, first year student, who lives in New Hampshire and qualifies for federal Pell grants, can attend the university without paying for tuition.

Victoria Dutcher, vice president for enrollment management at UNH, says the program is designed to encourage more in-state students to attend.

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Several University of New Hampshire faculty members have spent the past few days traveling to areas of the country that are in the path of totality for Monday's solar eclipse.

John Gianforte is an astronomer and physics lecturer at UNH, and called into NHPR Monday morning from Sweetwater, Tennessee:

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The white supremacist movement went public last week in Charlottesville--an ugly wake-up to a growing racist movement. On today’s show, we'll get a racial reality check from a teacher at one of the state's most exclusive private schools.    

Plus, calls to confront America’s racial legacy extend from coast-to-coast and above the Mason-Dixon line. We'll hear about the challenges of being a student of color at the University of New Hampshire--both past and present.

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As students get ready to return for another year at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, for some, there’s still unfinished business from last year.

After a series of racist campus incidents, students of color called upon the administration to make UNH a safer, more inclusive space, and presented a list of demands.

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Picture unspoiled wild forest, the type of place only animals and Boy Scouts feel at home. Now erase that image from your mind, and picture a power line right of way: one of those ruler-straight strips of utility poles that brutishly slash through the woods. Would anything choose that for a home?

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By the end of this century, scientists predict the ocean on New Hampshire’s coast will rise anywhere between 4 and 6.5 feet above where it is today—a consequence of climate change. But when the sea rises, groundwater rises to keep up. That would spell trouble for roadways, even roads inland from the ocean, according to a new study from UNH.

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Commencement ceremonies took place this weekend at UNH, after a tense few weeks at the school, with a series of racial incidents prompting  community-wide conversations about campus diversity.

This weekend’s ceremony offered a chance to reflect but also to look forward. 

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In recent weeks the University of New Hampshire has seen a string of racially charged incidents play out on campus. The events are forcing a difficult conversation just days before graduation.

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N.H. political figures respond to this week's turmoil in Washington D.C., quelled to some extent by the appointment of the widely respected Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to  investigate possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. State representative Robert Fisher resigns after a N.H. House committee inquiry into his postings on the misogynistic Reddit forum known as the Red Pill. And several racially-charged incidents in recent weeks cloud graduation season at UNH's Durham campus.


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University of New Hampshire police have arrested a student who they say damaged artwork that was meant to show support for students targeted by hate speech in recent days.

Shaan William DeJong, 19, of Hooksett was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief and later released on personal recognizance bail.

Police say DeJong damaged sculpted fists outside of Stoke Hall designed by students in support of those impacted by recent racially-charged incidents on campus.

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The University System of New Hampshire will likely not see an increase in state funding over the next two years.  That’s after Senate budget writers Tuesday voted to approve the recommendation of both the Governor and the House Finance Committee in keeping the system’s funding at current levels - $81 million a year. 

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UNH President Mark Huddleston addressed a growing string of racially charged incidents at the school’s Durham campus in recent weeks.

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Police at the University of New Hampshire are investigating swastika drawings found in a student dormitory.

The images were discovered Friday in a stairwell at Stoke Hall, the largest dorm on the Durham campus.

The discovery followed a Thursday night forum in which dozens of UNH students urged administrators to do more to combat racism.

In a statement headlined "Another Incident: This Must Stop" UNH President Mark Huddleston and Provost Nancy Targett said they condemned "all acts and behavior of hate and bias."

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A mobile, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is currently on display at UNH.

The wall was escorted to campus this week by state and local police along with several Vietnam veteran motorcycle groups.

It’s currently parked on a campus lawn, visible from Main Street in Durham.

The wall has toured the country since 1984 to bring the memorial to people who may not be able to travel to Washington, D.C.

The tour is coordinated by a veterans group.

The wall will be on display at UNH until 8 am on Monday.

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University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston announced Wednesday that he will be retiring next year. 

When he leaves the University in 2018, Mark Huddleston will have been the longest-serving President in the school’s history. Tim Riley, the chair of the University System’s Board of Trustees, says Huddleston will leave big shoes to fill.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen was at the University of New Hampshire Thursday talking to students and faculty about the potential effects of research funding cuts under the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget.

Asked what researchers and students might be able to do to change things, Shaheen said it’s important to start local — even when speaking out about federal policies.

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