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The Monadnock Summer Lyceum committee is very pleased to announce this year's slate of informative, engaging, and inspiring speakers. We begin with Pulitzer Prize winning author Jack Davis and finish with Grammy Award winning musician Hernan Romero. In between, we delve into the arts, nature, and civic culture. Please join us for a thought-provoking summer.

Just as last year, you can attend the talks in person at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church at 25 Main Street in Peterborough or tune in online. Music by local performers will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the speaker introduced at 11 a.m. on each Sunday morning when a Lyceum is occurring. Masks are suggested for those attending in person.

If you can't wait until the end of June for a Lyceum presentation, you can still hear what previous speakers had to say by clicking on the “video” or “audio” link associated with each speaker in our archive of past speakers. The audio file can be downloaded to a mobile device if you want to listen to the talk offline, perhaps while driving or walking. Videos from the last three seasons and audio files going back to 2012 are available.

Thank you so much for your interest in and support of the Monadnock Summer Lyceum through your attendance and donations. We rely on you to sustain the Lyceum and welcome donations at any time. You can give online using the Donate button just below or mail a check to the address at the bottom of this page.

We look forward to seeing you this summer.


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2023 Speakers

The Bald Eagle: Symbol and Species in American History
Sponsor: Monadnock Community Hospital
Applied Cartooning: Civic Engagement, Public Health, and Funny Animal
Sponsor: Putnam Foundation
The Empathy Machine: How One 90-Year-Old Theatre Is Embracing Change
Sponsor: RiverMead
Nature Writing, Nature Walking: Spirituality and the Living World in Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and Thich Nhat Hanh
Sponsor: RBC Wealth Management
No Lyceum
Out of the Shadows: Remembering New Hampshire’s Black Past
Sponsor: Belletetes
The Freedom to Read: Why Banning Books Is a Threat to Democracy
Sponsor: Reading Foundation
Can Our Democracy Thrive Without Local Journalism?
Sponsor: The Gilbert Verney Foundation
Gets Personal: The Importance of Music in People's Live
Sponsor: Peterborough Folk Music