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The 2016 National Humanities Conference

The 2016 National Humanities Conference event page is now updated with conference hotel and travel information. Here you can also view conference highlights such as special events and speakers.

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2016 Schwartz Prize:
Now Accepting Nominations

The 2016 National Humanities Conference

Every year the Federation awards up to three Schwartz Prizes to council programs for outstanding work in the public humanities. Deadline for nominations is August 17, 2016.

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The Pulitzer Prizes Centennial - Campfires Initiative

A National Initiative

Council campfires are warming the nation with more than 165 campfires across 80+ cities and towns. With more than 100 different partnerships, councils have a diverse array of programs celebrating the Pulitzer Centennial from hikes to lectures and movies to reading groups.


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Professional Development Programs and Student Workshops

Featured Council Programs

From summer camps and student workshops to teacher institutes and professional development opportunities, council programs offer an array of enrichment activities for the summer and throughout the year.


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National History Day

A National Initiative

Hundreds of thousands of students from around the world compete in local National History Day contests hoping to win the opportunity to compete on the national stage at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, MD. This year, more than 3,000 students competed! A quarter of our state humanities councils are involved with this exceptional program - learn more and see who won! (photo credit: National History Day)


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 – Professional Development Programs and Student Workshops


Latest News


JUNE FEATURE: Council Programs Discuss Environment, Take Participants Outside

June 8, 2016

Whether through discussions of literature while hiking, performances of Chautauqua while basking in the sun, viewing documentaries geared toward urban environmental issues, or visiting a local humanities festival, council programs are complementing the adventurous spirit of summer by taking participants on an exploration of both the mind and the outdoors.

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Federation Board of Directors

July Board Meeting

July 15 -17, 2016  |  Denver, CO

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Upcoming Deadlines & Events / View All

11/10/2016 - 11/13/2016Salt Lake City
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11/12/2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMSalt Lake City