Consider attending these events sponsored by other organizations around New Hampshire and beyond to gain an even wider perspective on the world!*

Freedom Cafe: Perform for Freedom 8/15

Wednesday, August 15th 7 PM- 10 PM

The Freedom Cafe, Durham

10 Mill Road, New Hampshire 03824

PFF is a performance and awareness event creating space for friends of The Freedom Café to share what we love to do to support the movement to end human trafficking. We offer our talent and insights in a space that helps all of us learn and remain grounded as activists. 

Each night opens with a scheduled performer, followed by an educational window on human trafficking and open mic performances. Sign-ups for performing begin at 6:30pm. Contact for more information.

Welcoming Manchester We Are One Multicultural Festival

Saturday, August 18th 11 AM- 6 PM

Veterans Park 723 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101

Multicultural Festival with performances on big stage, food trucks, vendors, and information about our community

Laconia Multicultural Festival

Saturday, September 8th 10 AM- 4 PM

Rotary Park, Belknap Mill, & surrounding areas

Laconia Multicultural Festival is a signature event in the Downtown. We celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Laconia and the Lakes Region: from our earliest days to recently arrived New Americans. The festival highlights the music, arts, crafts and cuisine in honor of this growing diversity. Authentic artists from cultures represented in our community perform in Rotary Park. In the last thirty years in particular, immigrants and political refugees/New Americans arrived from almost every country in the world.


Somersworth Indofest 2018

Saturday, September 8th 11 AM-4 PM

Somersworth, NH

Somersworth Indonesian Fair is an annual street fair held in Somersworth,NH. It features a variety of vendors serving Indonesian food, language exchanges, and many live performances related to Indonesian culture. Somersworth and its surrounding areas host the largest Indonesian population in Northern New England and this event is an opportunity for the local residents to learn more about Indonesia and build stronger connections with each other in a fun and festive setting. In the past, we tried to hold this event as close as possible to the Indonesian Independence Day, which is commemorated and celebrated on August 17th. However, due to some circumstances, this year’s event has been moved to early September. Following the success of the 6th Somersworth Indonesian Fair, we have been prepared to make the 2018 Somersworth Indonesian Fair bigger than ever, with the expectation of more food vendors, more cultural performances and also more visitors from neighboring areas.


Glendi 2018

September 14th-16th

Friday & Saturday: 11 AM- 10 PM

Sunday: 11 AM-3 PM

650 Hanover St.

Manchester, NH 03104

OPA! This year's Glendi is just around the corner! Join us for Traditional Greek fare, dessert and pastries, Greek music, Jewelry booth showcasing beautiful Grecian imports/jewelry, Greek cafe serving Greek demitasse, and an Aegean Market.
Glendi 2018 - September 14, 15, 16
Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm
(Food Service ends at 9:30 p.m.)
Sunday 11am-3pm


Keeping the Faith-Sisters of the Story

Sunday, September 16th 2 PM

Concord Center for the Arts 

44 S Main Street


With the recent uptick of hateful and vitriolic language in this country since the 2016 election, Rohina Malik, a Muslim woman and storyteller, wanted to create a project to demonstrate peace and commonalities between us all. She approached Susan Stone who is a Jewish woman and storyteller and Kim Schultz, who identifies as a Christian woman and storyteller with an idea: what if we all told stories from our faiths with the goal of bringing people together and showing peace, curiosity and similarities  amongst the faiths. Kim and Susan jumped at this opportunity and KEEPING FAITH: SISTERS OF STORY was born. We hope you agree that now more than ever, we need to come together and decide who we are going to be as a community and as a nation and how we are going to allow our story to be told.

Each storyteller tells 3 stories inspired by their personal faith journey. We are often joined by a cultural musical storyteller, Lucia Thomas, on violin, oud and guitar.


ROHINA MALIK  is a critically acclaimed playwright and solo performance artist. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and an Artistic associate at the 16th street theater.   Rohina’s plays The Mecca Tales and Yasmina’s Necklace, were both nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Work.  Her one woman play, Unveiled has been produced at the 16th Street Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Crossroads Theater, Brava Theater, Voyage Theater Company, and Silk Road Rising.

KIM SCHULTZ is an author, actor and refugee advocate who occasionally runs off to Mexico to run an artist residency on the Caribbean. She has performed on many local and national stages, has written two solo shows and recently published THREE DAYS IN DAMASCUS (Palewell Press, 2016), a memoir about falling in love with an Iraqi refugee. Kim loves stories and how they shape our memories and lives. She blogs, tweets and can be generally found at

SUSAN STONE, storyteller and teaching artist, has traveled all over this country, as well as to Poland, telling Jewish tales–Chasidic, folkloric, and personal– for adults and children, at schools, synagogues, museums, and festivals.  Her CD’s have earned Parents’ Choice Gold and Storytelling World Awards.  Former adjunct faculty at National-Louis University, she is Founder/Co-director of the Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival, Oct. 6-8.

Our musician is LUCIA THOMAS. Lucia is a violinist/multi-instrumentalist and arts organizer. She has traveled all over the United States, Europe and Mexico, playing professionally with various musical ensembles. She is artistic director of the Chicago Folklore Ensemble, which celebrates immigrant communities in the United States by performing dynamic arrangements of stories and songs learned directly from immigrants. Their recent book and CD have been featured at TEDxUChicago, WBEZ, and they continue to perform on stages throughout the Chicago area.


UNH Durham NHIS Fall 2018

Global Challenges and Change

Fisheries in a Changing Climate with Kathy Mills

Thursday, September 20th, 12:40 PM-2:00 PM

MUB Theater 2, UNH Durham Campus

Dr. Katherine Mills has studied ecosystem change and fish-ecosystem relationships in the Gulf of Maine and Northeast U.S. Shelf regions for over a decade. Much of Kathy’s research seeks to understand and inform management of fisheries as coupled social-ecological systems. Her research integrates physical, biological, social and economic information to link changes in the ecosystem and management system to societal outcomes. Mill’s talk will make a case that the Northeast region offers globally-applicable insights and lessons and will draw in some parallel examples and case studies from other regions of the world.

Concord Multicultural Festival

Sunday, September 23rd 

NH State House

11:00 AM- 4 PM 

Our mission is to raise local awareness of those newly arriving in our community and appreciation for cultural diversity with the hope that increased awareness, supported by educational programs will inspire our neighbors to accept, welcome and assist the newest members of our community.


International Institute of New England

Suitcase Stories Manchester

Sunday, September 30th

Palace Theater 80 Hanover Street

Manchester Street, Manchester NH

What is Suitcase Stories?

Suitcase Stories® is a traveling live performance series that features foreign and U.S.-born residents sharing refugee and immigrant stories. The format of storytelling in a theatrical setting is especially suited to these powerful tales of real-life experience.

In 2017, nearly 2,000 people saw a live performance of Suitcase Stories® and thousands more watched a taped episode on PBS television. The responses from those audience members spoke of how the performance challenged and expanded their perceptions of refugees and immigrants. Proceeds from the performances help support refugees and immigrants participating in IINE’s resettlement, education, employment, and citizenship programs. The Suitcase Stories® series provides a way for a community to dig beneath the headlines, exposes audiences to the complexity of immigration issues, and directly impacts life-changing refugee services. Join us.


UNH Durham NHIS Fall 2018

Global Challenges and Change

Global Design for Positive Change with Chris Larkin

Tuesday, October 9th, 12:40 PM-2:00 PM

MUB Theater 2, UNH Durham Campus

IDEO is the pioneer and leader of the “Design Thinking” movement, and, the non-profit off shoot of IDEO, is the group that has really led the way on using human-centered design to find more sustainable and effective ways to advance international development. designs products, services, and experiences to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities. They practice human-centered design, a creative approach to problem solving that starts with people and arrives at new solutions tailored to meet their lives. As Director of Impact, Larkin works to bring impact to the fore in’s design process.

UNH Durham NHIS Fall 2018

Global Challenges and Change

Power and Protest in Gaze with

Fredrick Meiton and Jeannie Sowers

Tuesday, November 6th, 12:40 PM-2:00 PM

MUB Theater 2, UNH Durham Campus

Dr. Fredrik Meiton is a historian of the modern Middle East. He studies the intersection of politics, science and the environment, especially in the context of colonial development. Meiton teaches courses in global and Middle Eastern history, often with a focus on science, technology, energy and the environment.

Dr. Jeannie Sowers is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the International Affairs Program.  Her academic research focuses on political and environmental change in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on Egypt. She is the author of Environmental Politics in Egypt: Experts, Activists, and the State, co-editor with Chris Toensing of The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt, and has published a number of articles and book chapters.

World Affairs Discussion Group

Mondays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Are you fascinated by international affairs and the world of foreign policy? If so, please join Library Director Steve Butzel and a group of your peers in the Hilton Garden Inn Room on Mondays to discuss two topics that are voted on in advance by the group. 

If you plan on attending and would like to vote on the week's possible topics, send our Director an email at skbutzel@cityofportsmouth, and he will send you a link to the webpage where you can vote. The list of topics is posted each Wednesday afternoon and voting concludes that Friday afternoon. At that point, the Director will send out an email to the group letting them know the two selected topics, and a list of links to suggested articles.

Where do we get our possible topics and a set of suggested articles from each week? From the World Affairs Council of America's Weekly World News Update webpage.

For more information, contact our director,

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Learn more about all of New Hampshire's global ties!

New Hampshire non-profits working globally
Rubia Handwork (Warner)
Room to Read NH
Women's Trust (Wilmot)
Global Grassroots (Hanover/Portsmouth)
Freedom Cafe (Durham)
Honduras Hope (Franconia)

NuDay Syria (East Hampstead)

International Campaign for Human Rights in Bhutan

New Hampshire organizations related to international affairs/culture
Zonta International -Concord Club
Dining for Women- Seacoast chapter
International Affairs Discussion Group, Walpole

Annual Cultural Celebrations
We are One - Latino/African festival- Manchester
Concord Multicultural Festival
Glendi- Greek festival- Manchester
Poutine Fest- Manchester

New Hampshire refugee resources
Southern New Hampshire Refugee Services

New Hampshire & international business
Center for Women's Business Advancement at SNHU
One pager on international business & NH

New Hampshire Colleges & Universities' international programs
New Hampshire Great Decisions Discussion Groups:

National Publications
International Jobs 

Past Programs
  • Trita Parsi Interview with 107.7 The Pulse-Trita Parsi.mp3
  • 2018 Global Forum Fundraiser with Trita Parsi, June 28th, 2018 - 2018 Global Forum Video
  • The Final Year Post Movie Discussion with Political Analyst Dean Spiliotes- Part 1Part 2Part 3
  • Manchester Public Television Video of the Combatants for Peace Manchester May 2nd  Presentation- VIDEO
  • 107.7 The Pulse Interview with Combatants for Peace members Netta Hazan and Osama Elewat May 2ns, 2018- Combatants for Peace 5-2-18.mp3
  • 107.7 The Pulse Interview with Ambassador Thomas Pickering April 10th, 2018- Pickering Interview.mp3
  • Global Tipping Points: November 13, 2017- Luis Jiménez- VIDEO
  • Global Business Summit: November 8, 2017 -Ambassador Rufus Yerxa- VIDEO
  • Jennifer M. Harris on "War By Other Means": April 13, 2017- VIDEO
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen's address on Russa: March 24, 2017- VIDEO
  • Foreign Policy Town Hall: January 26, 2017- Dr. Jessica Mathews- VIDEO
  • Global Business Summit: September 27, 2016- Trey Herr, Harvard Kennedy School- VIDEO
  • Global Forum with Admiral David Titley- VIDEO
  • Global Tipping Points: May 3, 2016- Geneive Abdo- VIDEO
  • Global Tipping Points: April 12, 2016- Juliette Kayyem- VIDEO
  • Global Tipping Points: March 1, 2016- Iphigenia Kanara- VIDEO
  • VIDEO: Ahmad Balal on "Pakistan's Place"- Feb. 20, 2014
  • January 31, 2014- VIDEO: Ambassador Jim Smith on "U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations"
  • World Affairs Luncheon: "Who Stole the American Dream?" January 20, 2014: Podcast 1, Podcast 2, Q&A
  • Professor Gregory Gause, 2013 Fall Global Tipping Points Series"What Comes Next? "American Interests in the New Middle East" - September 17, 2013- WATCH
  • Indian Consul General Mulay, World Affairs Luncheon
  • "US-India Relations"- September 6, 2013WATCH
  • Ambassador Ryan Crocker, 2013 Global Forum- "Lessons from a Long War"June 3, 2013- WATCH 
  • Michael Fairbanks- Global Tipping Points Part 1"Enterprise Solutions to Global Poverty"February 21, 2012 - WATCH
  • Myron Kandel speechGlobal Business SummitOctober 17, 2011WATCH
  • Jon Huntsman speechOctober 10, 2011-WATCH
  • Mel Goodman speech- April 5, 2008- WATCH


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