Film screening and discussion

Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in the 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird."

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education will screen and discuss the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird” as part of a multiyear statewide program called “Lights, Camera, Civics!” It’s designed to foster conversations with the public on law, justice, and civics.

Screenings will be held in two places: Friday, June 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Peterborough Town Library and at the same time at the Antrim Town Hall. Discussion about the film will occur Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at the Peterborough Town Library. A light snack will be provided.

The discussion will be led by attorney Amanda Quinlan, a litigation associate at McLane Middleton in Manchester; Eric Bowman, a teacher at ConVal Regional High School; and Rosemary Crooker and Reagan Riffle, both sophomores at ConVal High School.

In discussing “To Kill a Mockingbird,” panelists and audience members will likely discuss racism, intolerance, and segregation — the movie’s central themes — as well as how personal opinion affects legal decision-making. Also, whether and what procedures are in place in the criminal justice system to protect against personal opinion taking hold of a criminal case.

The event is free and open to the public.

This program was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. N.H. Humanities awarded the institute a community project grant for film screenings in all 10 New Hampshire counties to start multigenerational conversations through film about law, justice, and civics.

Information: Eric Bowman at, Martha Madsen at or