The Place We Call Home

MARCH 30, 2021 (7:00 pm - 8:15 pm)

New Hampshire Audubon Society

A deep awareness of the connectivity between all living things and their natural environments continues to frame core ethical factors essential for understanding the growing tension between innovative progress and nature’s carrying capacity in a contemporary technological culture. The 21st century has witnessed global pandemics, massive climate changes, genetic engineering, and much more. Ethics is derived from the word “ethos” and defines a way of living. By drawing connections between historical normative theories and relevant contemporary issues, Dr. Maria Sanders offers a pragmatic approach for addressing current global challenges through the generative power of nature.

the quest for happiness

April 6, 2021 (6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

Conway Public Library

The ancient Greek philosophers defined eudaimonia as living a full and excellent life. In this illustrated talk, Maria Sanders explores how ideas of happiness have changed in Western civilization through the ages, while comparing and contrasting major concepts of well-being throughout the world. Can money buy happiness? To what extent does engaging in one's community impact happiness? When worldwide surveys of happiness are conducted, why doesn't the United States make the top ten? Participants will be invited to discuss various definitions, current measures for assessing self-reported levels of happiness, specific findings reported as increasing people's levels of happiness, and happiness projects undertaken by entire communities - including a town-wide happiness quest in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

exploring connections between humanities and the natural sciences

April 8, 2021 (7:00pm - 8:30 pm)

New Hampshire Audubon Society

A comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for the universe includes knowledge of all aspects of reality, necessarily canvassing across both Natural Sciences and Humanities. Dr. Maria Sanders, a Philosophy professor at Plymouth State University, will facilitate this workshop for Scientists, Statisticians, Economists, and Educators interested in aligning their research, lessons, and expertise with real-world Humanities-based issues, concepts, and movements. Participants will discuss scientific considerations of human society from various perspectives and model ways in which scientific research and education can be understood and taught through a humanistic lens thereby promoting expanded ways to connect to our stories beyond the data.

is privacy dead?

June 25, 2021

New Hampshire Telephone Museum

Open Questions is a series of thought-provoking community conversations presented by New Hampshire Humanities. This series explores essential questions about meaning and life that are important to Granite Staters. Each program is facilitated by philosophy professors who will explore essential questions about meaning and life.

"Is Privacy Dead?" is facilitated by Maria Sanders.

Poetry, Place, and Peace of Mind

August 24, 2021 (7:00 pm - 8:15 pm)

New Hampshire Audubon Society

Poetry offers a medium for expressing mindful connections with nature, while experiencing the mental health benefits nature provides. Dr. Maria Sanders, a philosopher, poet, and researcher of eudaimonia, the Greek concept for living full and flourishing lives; will facilitate a discussion on the effect nature has on emotions, mood, and sense of well-being. Utilizing poetry from Sanders’ Sunrise Sunset collection, participants will explore various ways poetry can serve as a conduit between nature and positive mental health.