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The 2017 National Humanities Conference

Registration is open for the 2017 National Humanities Conference in Boston, MA. There are more than 80 sessions, including tours, an opening panel focused on contemporary issues and the annual Capps Lecture featuring Dr. Craig Steven Wilder. Check out the conference page to learn more. Deadline is 10/27/17.


What are the Public Humanities?

Featured Council Programs

Learn more using this new online database featuring council-conducted programs and grant opportunities! Check out some of our national initiatives, such as the Bill of Rights partnership with the National Archives, or the Campfires initiative with The Pulitzer Prizes to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The database is also filterable by audience, subject, and council.



Say NO to Eliminating the NEH!

Advocacy Alert

The Trump administration’s FY 2018 budget called for the elimination of NEH, which funds the state humanities councils and makes our nation’s history and cultural heritage accessible to current and future generations. See how the Federation is working to secure funding and #SavetheNEH


Our Work

Advocating Support for the Humanities

Articulating the benefits of the councils and importance of the humanities to Congress, national organizations, and the nation.

Discover Why the Humanities Matter

Connecting the Humanities Community

Uniting our members and the humanities community through events, partnerships, conversations, and national initiatives.

Learn About What We Do

Supporting and Serving Our Members

Strengthening the councils through services, information sharing, and tools to aid in advocacy, communication, management, and fundraising.

See What Our Members Are Doing

Featured Programs – Arts & Humanities Programs


Latest News


Notice of the 2017 Annual Business Meeting

August 7, 2017

The 2017 Annual Business Meeting of the Federation House of Delegates will take place at the 2017 National Humanities Conference on Saturday, November 4, from 4:15 to 5:15 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Boston.

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NEH Awards $785,907 in Grants to Three State Humanities Councils

August 3, 2017

On August 2, 2017, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced awards of more than $39.3 million for 245 humanities projects nationwide that will support local cultural organizations and individual scholars. Of that $39.3 million, $785,907 in grants were awarded to three state humanities councils: Alabama Humanities Foundation, Indiana Humanities, and Michigan Humanities Council.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Researcher/Writer

June 30, 2017

The Federation of State Humanities Councils seeks a Researcher/Writer to gather program descriptions, evaluations, impact studies, and other resources through council websites and documents, surveys, and interviews. The aim of the research is to contribute to a series of briefing documents explaining state humanities council work and the value of the humanities to the public. The project is supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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FY2015 Income Survey Results

June 29, 2017

Based on audited information supplied by councils, the income survey report provides valuable information about the sources of council support each year, as well as funding trends over time.

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The National Humanities Conference

November 2-5, 2017  |  Boston, MA

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Upcoming Deadlines & Events / View All

11/02/2017 - 11/06/2017Boston
11/02/2017 - 11/05/2017Boston, MA
11/04/2017Boston, MA
03/06/2018 - 03/08/2018Washington D.C.