Join Us for the 2021 William W. Treat Lecture Series Sponsored by the Rudman Center and the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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Do you feel you matter in your community? Do you know and help your neighbors? Do they know and help you?

These are just a few of the questions that will be explored in the upcoming interactive conversation, William W. Treat Lecture Series 1: Civic Health – Renewing Trust Among Neighbors, a free webinar presented by the Rudman Center and the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education as part of the 2021 William W. Treat* Lecture series. The webinar takes place on June 23 at 4:00 pm EST and features EveryDay Democracy’s Martha McCoy and authors of the NH Civic Health Index, Bruce Mallory and Quixada Moore-Vissing. You can register for the webinar here

This webinar is one of two parts of the William W. Treat Lecture Series organized around the theme of renewing trust in democracy and each other.

The second webinar--William W. Treat Lecture Series 2: A Polarized Country – Can Schools Help Bridge the Divide?features thought leaders Peter Levine of Tufts University and Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell of Saint Anselm College. Sponsored by the Rudman Center and the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, the lecture will tackle one of the most important questions in education today: how can schools help heal polarization and inequity by supporting civic participation? This interactive conversation will arm you with the most current research on the topic and a framework for understanding how schools can be an essential partner in bridging the divides in this country. To register, click here. And for more on this topic, listen to renowned documentary filmmaker Ken Burns champion civics in this short clip filmed to support the work and efforts by the NH Institute for Civics Education.

This lecture series was made possible with support from the New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at

We hope you will join us for one or both of these exciting events!

*Who was William W. Treat?

Judge William W. Treat (1918-2010) was appointed as a probate judge in New Hampshire in 1958 and served until his retirement in 1983. Reflecting his commitment to global human rights, Judge Treat was a member of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at the United Nations Human Rights Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

Judge Treat received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Maine in 1990 and the University New Hampshire in 2001. In 1988, Plymouth State College (now Plymouth State University) awarded him the "Granite State Citizen Award" for outstanding citizenship.

Throughout his life, Judge Treat was famous for hosting dinner parties at his home that brought together guests who represented a wide range of political views. He believed deeply in the value of “cross-party” conversations where guests would listen to each other respectfully and exchange their ideas in order to better understand each other. Source: UNH Carsey School of Public Policy.