Coming Up


August 12 at 7PM:  A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of American’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team

Arshay Cooper

Arshay Cooper is a rower, Benjamin Franklin award-winning author, the protagonist of the critically acclaimed film “A Most Beautiful Thing,” based on his book of the same title: a Golden Oar recipient for his contributions to the sport of rowing, motivational speaker, and activist, particularly around and issues of accessibility for low-income families. Arshay’s moving true story is about a group of young men growing up on Chicago’s West side who formed the first all African American school rowing team in the nation and who, in doing so, transformed not only a sport but their lives.


September 23 at 7PM: Women’s Voices in Rowing

Hilary Gehman

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire native, Hilary Gehman is a two-time Olympian (2000 & 2004) and six-time National Team member. Athletic accolades aside, Hilary also possesses deep experience as a coach and counselor. She spent 15 years coaching at the collegiate level, working first in a club program, then assistant coach for two separate DI programs, and most recently as the Staley head coach of women’s rowing at Cornell University. She is currently a Counseling Associate at Sparks Rowing working with Olympic-level rowers. Hilary will share the story of her aspirations and the challenges she faced as a women competing in a predominately male sport. 

Companion Book:  Women’s Voices in Rowing By Daniela Nachazelova       

October 14 at 7PM: The Red Rose Crew: A True Story Of Women, Winning, And The Water

Daniel J. Boyne

Daniel Boyne is the author of The Red Rose Crew, the story of the first camp-based US women’s eight selection, under Harvard men’s coach Harry Parker, and their surprising run to a silver medal at the 1975 World Championships in Nottingham, England. It has been 20 years since the book was published but since then the growth in women’s rowing, at all levels, has been explosive. Daniel will recount highlights from the book and share his perspectives on how the Red Rose crew changed the sport for all women.


November 11 at 7PM: The Technological Revolution in Rowing

Jim Dreher

Crew racer, coach and engineer Jim Dreher founded the UNH/Durham Rowing ­­Company, the Dover Boat Club, and launched the Dover Boat Company. Jim and his team have revolutionized rowing with the introduction of the carbon composite oar. He has helped revolutionize the sport with high-performance carbon composite parts and has developed a wealth of experience with the sport. Jim will share his story from racing as a lightweight and being in a winning program at Detroit BC to coaching on the world stage.

Previous Speakers


Collegiate Rowing in America

Daniella Garran         

Daniella was a coxswain on the men’s varsity crew team at Connecticut College for four years. She will share her experiences competing in a number of prestigious regattas and winning four gold medals at various national championships. Daniella will highlight events from her book A History of Collegiate Rowing in America focusing on how the sport has changed, particularly as women broke into competitive rowing.                                 


Women in Crew Racing

Kathy Keeler

Kathy Keeler is a former competitive rower and Olympic gold medalist. She was in the boat of the American women’s eights team who won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the first women’s crew to win gold in US history. Overall, she was a member of four U.S. national rowing teams. Following her competitive rowing career, she was a member of the U.S. national rowing team as a coach and a U.S. Olympic team coach in 1996. Still coaching crew, Kathy will share her personal experience and insights about women in crew. 

Companion book: Red Rose Crew : A True Story Of Women, Winning, And The Water by Daniel J. Boyne


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