2017 Conference Schedule

2017 Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance (as of 7/19/17)

Wednesday, November 1st

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  7:00 to 9:00 pm “The Harvest” Film Screening

Thursday, November 2nd

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  9:00 am to 4:00 pm Concord Day Tour
  10:00 am to 3:00 pm FSHC Board Meeting
  12:00 to 6:00 pm Registration Desk Open
  12:30 to 4:00 pm Pre-Conference Sessions
  1:30 to 3:30 pm Black Heritage Trail Tour
  1:30 to 3:30 pm Boston Harbor Tour
  4:30 to 6:00 pm “The Humanities and Grand Challenges” Opening Panel
  6:00 to 7:00 pm Opening Reception
  7:30 to 9:00 pm FSHC Board Dinner

Friday, November 3rd

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  7:30 am to 5:00 pm Registration Desk Open
  7:30 to 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
  8:30 to 9:15 am Regional Networking Event
  9:15 to 9:30 Break
  9:30 to 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  9:30 to 10:30 am CS-1: Pop-Up Classrooms
   

With world events and national politics moving with unusual speed, a number of pop-up classes seemed to develop almost simultaneously on Northeastern University’s campus. These spontaneous events were responsive to people’s immediate needs for facts and information, dialogue, and exchange of ideas and strategies. In this session, Northeastern faculty explores this pedagogic phenomenon, referred to as the “revival of the teach-in.” Panelists will discuss several of these co-curricular programs and consider ways to expand the reach of Humanities “pop-ups” even further.

Speakers: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University; Serena Parekh, Northeastern University; Laura Green, Northeastern University; Rachel E. Rosenbloom, Northeastern University School of Law

Moderator: Lori Hope Lefkovitz, Northeastern University Humanities Center

  9:30 to 10:30 am CS-2: Race in America
   

During this session, Sam Pollard and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon will discuss their forthcoming film, “The Harvest,” which focuses on the conundrum of race, equality, and desegregation in American society. Set in Blackmon’s hometown of Leland, MS, the film explores issues such as the local schools’ lapse into defacto segregation and raises the question, “What happened?” Though the film is possibly filled with portents, it also contains hopeful tidings for our common future. Session attendees will have the chance to ask filmmakers questions after their presentation.

Speakers: Douglas Blackmon, Miller Center of Public Affairs; Sam Pollard, NYU TISCH School of Arts

  9:30 to 10:30 am CS-3: Traveling Exhibitions: Small Museums, New Connections
   

Small and mid-size museums and cultural organizations across the country face unique challenges when it comes to maintaining their collections, developing exhibitions, and financing engagement activities. This session explores ways traveling exhibitions like NEH on the Road can help museums and organizations address these challenges. Veteran NEH on the Road programmers will provide examples of how traveling exhibitions can be used as scalable projects that engage broader audiences, increase financial support, and receive recognition within the community.

Speakers: Angelique Bergeron, West Banton Rouge Museum; Deborah Cowman, Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History; Lance Tawzer, Elmhurst History Museum; Dana Thorpe, Upcountry History Museum

Moderator: Erinn Roos-Brown, Mid-America Arts Alliance

  9:30 to 10:30 am CS-4: Promoting Civic Education/Engagement Via the Humanities
   

While enthusiasm for democratic ideals has not waned, research shows that knowledge and comprehension of civics-related topics such as current social and political events, the principles of democracy, the ideas and systems that form our government, and history, are at historically low levels. Presenters will contextualize the decline of civic knowledge, share research-based strategies for addressing it, and engage the audience in an interactive discussion on resources humanities organizations can offer to support the revitalization of civic education. All presenters represent projects that were funded by the NEH Humanities in the Public Square initiative.

Speakers: Sarah DeBacher, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; Melissa Huber, Humanities Texas; Liz Svencenko, Humanities Action Lab; Jennifer Scott, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Moderator: Shantrell Austin, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

  9:30 to 10:30 am CS-5: Humanities-STEM Integration in Undergraduate Education
   

This panel will consider the challenges, opportunities, and valuable outcomes of deep and authentic humanities-STEM integration. Humanities faculty from primarily technical institutions, as well as a recent graduate, will discuss their experiences with Humanities-STEM integration.

Speakers: Thomas Ewing, Virginia Tech; Edward Mercer, Gale Associates, Inc.; Robert Martello, Olin College of Engineering; Jessica Smith, Colorado School of Mines

Moderator: Kris Boudreau, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  9:30 to 10:30 am CS-6: Hyper-Local History
   

Hyper-local history is a term being used more often, but what does it mean? This session will help define the term by examining three successful hyper-local projects: the founding of the Robstown Community History Day, the creation of a virtual tour of New Bedford, MA, in the mobile app “Rhode Tour,” and the completion of a primary research project that examined the history of slavery, indenture, and freedom within a small Rhode Island community.

Speakers: Ron Potvin, John Nicholas Brown Center; Marjory O’Toole, Little Compton Historical Society; Jonathan Cortez, Department of American Studies, Brown University

  9:30 to 10:30 am CS-7: Public Humanities Fellows, University of New Hampshire
   

In 2015, the University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities initiated a fellowship program in publicly-engaged humanities in order to expand the cohort of faculty who do engaged work, emphasize the value of the humanities in citizens’ lives at a time often characterized as a crisis in academic humanities, and provide resources for collaboration with public organizations. This panel will feature four recipients of the fellowships who will consider how their projects relate to their scholarly trajectories and classroom work, reflect on the idea of “the public” in its relationship to the academy, and discuss the role public humanities projects play in an age where academic humanists are concerned about the possible destabilization and devaluing of their work.

Speakers: Eleanor Harrison-Buck, University of New Hampshire; Alecia Magnifico, University of New Hampshire; Nick Smith, University of New Hampshire; Svetlana Peshkova, University of New Hampshire; Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, University of New Hampshire

Moderator: Burt Feintuch, University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities

  10:30 to 10:45 am Networking Coffee Break
  10:45 am to 12:15 pm Constituent Group Conversations
  12:15 to 1:30 pm Lunch On Your Own
  1:30 to 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-1: Mobilizing the Humanities through Data
   

Can data mobilize the humanities? Can it be used to reframe today’s conversations and perceptions about the humanities? This panel will discuss how the humanities are drawing on a wide variety of sources to make the case for their value, but increasingly find themselves pressed to make that case in terms of “hard” data. Panelists will present how their work strives to both create this “hard” data while also being informed and shaped by it.

Speakers: Robert Townsend, Humanities Indicators/American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Alan Liu, 4Humanities/University of California, Santa Barbara; Valerie Barr, Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W)/Union College

Moderator: Chrstine Henseler, 4Humanities/Union College

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-2: Humanities, Divisive History, and Reconciliation
   

This session will explore the power of the humanities in the search for healing and reconciliation, especially in local communities but also on a broader national and international scale. Panelists will discuss the relationship between identity, historical or inherited trauma, and the ways that different groups of people view the stories they have in common; and how history is remembered in ways that may be difficult to reconcile. Touching on topics ranging from domestic tensions during the Civil Rights Era to international historical conflicts in the Middle East and Russia, this panel will try to answer how the humanities help create discourse in places where the divide is great.

Speakers: Mark Habeeb, Georgetown University; Daryl Byler, Eastern Mennonite University; Elsabe Ina Dixon, History United

Moderator: David Bearinger, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-3: “The Revolution is Never Complete:” Forging Community Alliances
   

This session will use critical race theory, liberation theology, and a social pedagogical framework to examine how collaborations between scholar-activists, community organizations and arts and humanities groups can facilitate the creation of more democratic community spaces, even in potentially hostile environments. Panelists will discuss their current initiatives, the strengths and weaknesses of collaborations with higher education sites, and the possibilities for leveraging spaces to effect policy change in the future. They will also share materials and processes for ways of sustaining this type of work.

Speakers: Ellie Hutchison, Arizona Humanities; Dr. Kathy Nakagawa, Asian Pacific American Studies and Culture, Arizona State University

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-4: How to Podcast!
   

Learn the power of podcasting for your organization! This interactive, live podcast session gives attendees the professional tips for creating podcasts and using them to engage and expand audiences like never before. Attendees will also have the chance to consult a former public radio journalist about tips and techniques.

Speakers: Marieke Van Damme, Cambridge Historical Society; Curt Nickisch, Harvard Business Review

Moderator: Dan Yaeger, New England Museum Association

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-5: Graduate Students Bridging Academic and Public Humanities
   

This panel will explore specific, potential alliances between university-based humanities programs and state humanities councils that can enrich and deepen the public humanities. Panelists will discuss collaborations that: develop innovative pedagogy that bridges academic and public learning formats; translate graduate student content expertise into public service through council-led mentorships and programs; or leverage state councils’ extensive networks as informal (or formal) liaisons between humanists seeking public-facing careers and public, private, or government organizations seeking content and skills-based expertise that recent PhDs possess.

Speakers: Julie Fry, California Humanities; Kendra Dority, UC Santa Cruz; Kara Hisatake, UC Santa Cruz; Sarah Papazoglakis, UC Santa Cruz; Irena Polic, UC Santa Cruz

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-6: Cultivating a ‘Generous’ View about Muslims
   

This panel analyzes the persistence of deep anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. Through a historical study of mosques in Boston and an exploration of literary and visual texts, the panelists explore hte presence of Islam and Muslims to understand how anti-Muslim sentiments are shaped and circulated. Panelists will then discuss where possibilities lie for breaking the hold of deeply hostile perconceptions in the public sphere about Islam and Muslims.

Speakers: Sana Haroon, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Elora Chowdhury, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Moderator: Leila Farsakh, University of Massachusetts, Boston

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-7: Congressional Communications
    This session will discuss the current political climate and present methods for advocacy efforts and communications. More information to come closer to the conference
  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-8: Creating Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Curricula: Humanities Connections
   

This session will focus on the new Humanities Connections grant program, which supports interdisciplinary faculty teams in developing linked sets of humanities undergraduate courses, and the grant program’s goals within the landscape of undergraduate education today. Presenters will offer insights from their own experiences in creating curriculum and related experiential learning opportunities across disciplines.

Speaker: Kristin Boudreau, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-9: “These Words:” Exhibition, Archives, and Advocacy
   

This panel discussion will focus on “These Words,” a jointly sponsored, bilingual project held in the summer and fall of 2016 that gave visibility to the history of books, reading, and printing in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. This program was a partnership between the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and the Chinese Historical Society of New England. Its purpose was two-fold: to support the importance of the community’s local archives and as a means to advocate for the return of a neighborhood library service, sixty-one years after the last branch had been closed there.

Speakers: Susan Chinsen, Chinese Historical Society of New England; Carolyn Leung Rubin, Tufts University School of Medicine; Diane O’Donoghue, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University

Moderator: Monica Pelayo, University of Massachusetts, Boston

  2:30 to 3:00 pm Networking Coffee Break
  3:00 to 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-1: Tactical Interventions in the Clemente Course
   

This panel convenes leaders and teachers in the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities to consider routes programs might take to teach adult learners to use texts as tools, recognizing the humanities as something to be drawn upon in building their lives and their communities. Panelists are made up of teachers and administrators from diverse parts of the country, each with unique ways of implementing adult learning programming in their communities.

Speakers: Jim Cocola, Clemente Course in the Humanities; Jack Cheng, Clemente Course in the Humanities; Marina van Zuylen, Clemente Course in the Humanities; Nick Hengen Fox, Clemente Course in the Humanities; Ousmane Power-Greene, Clemente Course in the Humanities

Moderator: Lela Hilton, Clemente Course in the Humanities

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-2: Collaboration Gives Memory New Voice
   

Interpreting a little-known but highly significant period in US and Texas history, the exhibition “Life & Death on the Border 1910-1920” shared the historic context of life along the Texas-Mexico border prior to, during, and after the Mexican Revolution. This session will focus on the successful collaboration between local museum staff and scholars, addressing how building connections with communities affected by this historic violence expanded the museum’s traditional audience; how the combination of an onsite exhibition, efforts to physically memorialize these sites along the border, and a digital humanities project led to a richer interpretive experience; and, most importantly, why conversations about this period of history matter so deeply to contemporary discussions of social justice and social change.

Speakers: Monica Munoz Martinez, Brown University; Margaret Koch, Bullock Texas State History Museum; Nicole Sintetos, Brown University

Moderator: Kate Betz, Bullock Texas State History Museum

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-3: Lean In/Push Out: Humanities Education
   

Join session leaders for a workshop that explores the ways humanities scholars can leverage social media, specifically infographics and memes, to help shape current conversations in the public sphere. Session leaders will encourage participants to think about humanities education as a two-fold process: one that encourages contemplative practices and one that also provides opportunities for meaningful community engagement, in this case, the art of “going viral.”

Speakers: Lauri Dietz, DePaul University; Lara Karpenko, Carroll University

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-4: “Curating History:” Towards an Engaged Public
   

This panel contends that both public and academic historians “curate history” and considers avenues for collaboration in an era when museums rank among the most trusted sources of information for the American public. Panelists from museums, universities, libraries, and history advocacy organizations will discuss ideas for collaborations and consider innovative ways to enhance the role of humanities in the public sphere.

Speakers: Emma Boast, Museum of Food and Drink; Thai Jones, Columbia University Rare Books & Manuscript Library; Christopher Moran, University of Warwick; Richard Rabinowitz, American History Workshop; Madeleine Rosenberg, National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Moderator: Andrew Hammond, National September 11 Memorial & Museum

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-5: Humanities, Grand Challenges, and Public Life
   

This panel will describe strategies and takeaways from two linked projects at the University of New Hampshire: The Grand Challenges for the Liberal Arts Initiative and The New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative, which is a partnership with Community College System of New Hampshire and funded by the Mellon Foundation. Panelists will also highlight how they bring the humanities into conversations on grand challenges and civic life.

Speakers: Heidi Bostic, University of New Hampshire

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-6: What I Wish I’d Known: Public Engagement Beyond the Academy
   

This interactive session will tackle the question: what does it take for humanities faculty to effectively participate in public engagement work? Panelists will be a mix of recipients of and advisors to the new Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship.

Speakers: Renee Alexander Craft, University of North Carolina; Edward Ayers, University of Richmond; Zoe Kontes, Kenyon College; Jack Tchen, New York University; Peggy O’Brien, Folger Shakespeare Library

Moderator: Daniel Reid, Whiting Foundation

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-7: LIGHTNING ROUND – Engaging the Public through Digital Tools
   

Join us for lightning rounds on how individuals and organizations are utilizing digital tools to enhance humanities learning and engagement. Presenters, who are invited to participate on a first-come, first-serve basis, will speak about a project, initiative, or trend related to this broad theme for four minutes, accompanied by up to four slides. Following the lightning rounds, session participants and attendees will have time for discussion facilitated by a moderator. At least eight spaces for presenters will be available. Signing up in advance of the session is strongly suggested, though not required.

Speakers: Nicky Agate, Modern Language Association; Jessica Lu, African American History, Culture, & Digital Humanities; Susan Perdue, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; Maia Sherwood, Puerto Rico Humanities Council/Academia Puertorriquena de la Lengua Espanola; Lynda Kennedy, Daniel Kubis, Andrew Janiak

Moderator: Logan Hinderliter, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

  4:00 to 4:15 pm Networking Coffee Break
  4:15 to 4:45 pm Walk to Converse Hall
  4:45 to 5:15 pm Schwartz Prize Presentation
  5:15 to 6:45 pm Capps Lecture with Craig Steven Wilder and Book Signing
  7:15 pm Dine-around Option

Saturday, November 4th

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  7:30 am to 5:45 pm Registration Desk Open
  7:30 to 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast
  8:30 to 9:15 am Address from NEH
  9:15 to 9:30 am Break
  9:30 to 11:00 am Working Groups
  11:00 to 11:15 am Networking Coffee Break
  11:15 to 12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS) and Extended Sessions
  11:15 to 12:15 pm CS-1: From Troy to Baghdad: Dialogues on War and Homecoming
   

In this session, a panel of veterans and facilitators will engage in an interactive discussion about timeless, universal questions of war and homecoming. They will explore the ways facilitated book discussions of ancient texts like Homer’s Odyssey can affect the memory and processing of war, create community among veterans by safely prompting them to share personal stories, and enhance understanding of homecoming events and situations. Ultimately, the session seeks to help participants better plan veteran initiatives and understand our obligations to one another.

Speakers: Brendan O’Bryne, University of New Hampshire; Ann-Maria Contarino, Saint Anselm College; Tim McLaughlin, Shaheen and Gordon Law

Moderator: Terry Farish, New Hampshire Humanities

  11:15 to 12:15 pm CS-2: NEH Self-Assessment 2.0: 2018-2022
   

In this session, state humanities councils will learn about the updates to the NEH self-assessment and review process for 2018-2022. State councils up for review in 2018 are particularly encouraged to attend.

Speakers: Meg McReynolds, NEH; Leondra Burchall, NEH; Joshua Sternfeld, NEH; Michael Chambers, NEH

  11:15 to 12:15 pm CS-3: Who’s the Boss? Board Chair/ED Relationships
   

Healthy and effective relationships between board chairs and executive directors can propel or sink an organization. The panel discussion (with ample time for Q&A) will explore the ways several board chair/EDs have created productive relationships that enabled their organizations to thrive.

Speakers: Julie Ziegler, Humanities Washington; Chris Sommerich, Humanities Nebraska; Keira Amstutz, Indiana Humanities; Armand DeKeyser, Alabama Humanities Foundation; Debra Holland, Humanities Washington; Katherine Walter, Humanities Nebraska

Moderator: Julie Ziegler, Humanities Washington

  11:15 to 12:15 pm CS-4: Learned Societies and Public Engagement
   

Learned societies not only mobilize their members to advance scholarship and support the careers of educators and researchers in their fields; they also play a critical role in increasing the understanding of their subjects among the broader public. In this session, the executive directors of four learned societies will discuss their respective associations’ initiatives to increase public engagement with humanities-related issues.

Speakers: Ann Benbow, Archaeological Institute of America; Ed Liebow, American Anthropological Association; Pauline Saliga, Society of Architectural Historians; Andrew Vaughn, The American Schools of Oriental Research

Moderator: John Paul Christy, American Council of Learned Societies

  11:15 to 12:15 pm CS-5: The Quilted Conscience: An Experiential Workshop
   

The Quilted Conscience (TQC) is an arts-based learning program that fosters intergenerational, cross-cultural bonds between individuals and communities who, otherwise, might never meet. Made possible through partnerships with English Language Learner departments of public schools, program workshops give immigrant children the opportunity to meet community members, learn basic sewing and quilting skills, and ultimately, create and publicly share mural-size story-quilts containing their dreams and memories. In this workshop session, panelists will show a short Nebraska Public TV segment, discuss their respective areas of expertise, facilitate a mini-TQC project in which attendees will participate, and teach participants how they can create their own TQC workshops.

Speakers: John Sorensen, The Quilted Conscience; Peggie Hartwell, Women of Color Quilters Network; Susan Hertzler, Lincoln Public Schools

  11:15 to 12:15 pm CS-6: Civil Rights Literature for Incarcerated Parents
   

New Hampshire Humanities “Connections” adult literacy program brings high-quality literature and facilitated book discussions to more than 500 adult learners in the state each year. In this experiential workshops, which is modeled after “Connections” book discussions held at the NH State Prison for Men, panelists and attendees will determine how literature of the African American Civil Rights movement is relevant to the experience of state prison inmates who are reestablishing bonds with their children. Using the children’s picture book autobiography, “Through My Eyes” by Ruby Bridges, participants and panelists will discuss issues from the civil rights era, reflect on the influence literature has on families of the incarcerated, and explore how programs like “Connections” can strengthen parent-child bonds, stimulate intellectual and moral growth, and foster emotional resilience.

Speakers: Courtney Marshall, Phillips Exeter Academy; Susan Bartlett, New Hampshire Humanities

  12:15 to 1:30 pm Lunch On Your Own
  1:30 to 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-1: Book ‘Em: Conversations about Crime
   

How can we incorporate humanistic perspectives into community conversations about crime, policing, and incarceration? This panel brings together academic and public practitioners of the humanities to discuss strategies for using the arts, literature, philosophy, and history to address these divisive and important issues.

Speakers: Anne Schlitt, Maine Humanities Council; Leroy Rowe, University of Southern Maine; Tessy Seward, Maine Inside Out; Jack Hamlin, National University

Moderator: Katherine Gaudet, University of New Hampshire

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-2: Narratives of War and Return
   

This panel investigates the unique role the humanities play in understanding the contemporary experience of war and return. Panelists will focus on the individual veterans’ experience, the challenges their families face, and the impact the humanities have in supporting and changing the institutions that serve them.

Speakers: Bob Maegher, Hampshire College; Helen Benedict, Columbia University; Max Rayneard, The Telling Project

Moderator: Lela Hilton, Clemente Course in the Humanities

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-3: From Compliance to Council Program Report
   

Over the last two years, the Office of Federal/State Partnership, the Data Task Force, and the Compliance Review Committee assessed the utility of the annual compliance report. After several meetings, surveys, and drafts this group proposed a new data collection tool. The Office of the Federal/State Partnership would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed changes as well as any new suggestions.

Speakers: Michael Chambers, NEH Office of Federal/State Partnership; Josh Sternfeld, NEH Office of Federal/State Partnership; Jeff Allen, Federation of State Humanities Councils

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-4: LIGHTNING ROUND – Making the Case for the Humanities on the Public Stage
   

Join presenters for lightning rounds on how individuals and organizations are making the case for the humanities via a wide range of public humanities work. Presenters will speak about a project, initiative, or trend related to this broad theme for three minutes, accompanied by up to three slides. Following the lightning talks, session participants and attendees will have time for discussion facilitated by a moderator.

Moderator: Beatrice Burwitz, National Humanities Alliance

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-5: Lean In: Building Bridges from Linguistics
   

The field of linguistics is located at the intersection of the humanities and the sciences. This session will share practical strategies from language science to take advantage of these complementary areas of inquiry and broaden the reach of scholarly research.

Speakers: Laura Wagner, The Ohio State University; Colin Phillips, University of Maryland; Peter Rohloff, Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland

Moderator: Alyson Reed, Linguistic Society of America

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-6: Promoting Literacies through Digital Humanities
   

Learn more about the Massachusetts Historical Society’s new Center for the Teaching of History and how it will use digital humanities projects to promote the importance of history education, civic literacy, and critical thinking. Panelists will provide examples of making existing online collections accessible to the K-12 community in ways that foster the development of twenty-first century skills.

Speakers: Kathleen Barker, Massachusetts Historical Society; Neal Millikan, Massachusetts Historical Society; Nancy Heywood, Massachusetts Historical Society

Moderator: Elizabeth Lambert, Miscoe Hill School

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-7: Reorienting Education through Humanities-Based Pedagogies
   

In this session, presenters will explore the liberating possibilities of humanities approaches to teaching and learning, and also approaches to implementing humanities pedagogies in both unlikely settings and for underserved audiences. Presenters will share from their experiences of creating innovative humanities education programming for adult learners, elementary age students, and preschoolers to aid the discussion.

Speakers: Sarah DeBacher, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; Tara Zapp, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; Thomas Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College

  1:30 to 2:30 pm CS-8: Reaching Underserved Populations with Public Humanities
   

Public humanities projects can make a profound difference in vulnerable communities – for example, discussion programs for people living in economic distress; family reading programs that help break the cycle of illiteracy; and public programs that involve senior citizens in cross-generational dialogues. This session will explore programs that are focused on reaching another vulnerable community: underserved youth.

Speakers: Allyson Dowds, Boston Public Library; Maria Cecire, Bard College; David Tebaldi, Mass Humanities; Kahlil Gibran, Harvard University

  2:30 to 3:00 pm Networking Coffee Break
  3:00 to 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-1: Development Strategies and the Public Humanities
   

The evolution of the public humanities creates new constellations for collaboration between partners whose outcomes address critical challenges in our society, often in unexpected ways. These innovations change the structure and impact of our humanities work. This panel will discuss how emerging projects in the public humanities can generate programs and events with the potential to attract funds from foundations, endowments, and individuals.

Speakers: Janelle Weatherford, University of Illinois; Jeff Hardwick, NEH; Angel Ysaguirre, Illinois Humanities; Diane Harris, University of Utah

Moderator: Nicholas Allen, University of Georgia

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-2: Uncovering Historical Silences: Creating New Public Histories
   

In this session, panelists will illustrate the diverse ways a public humanities center at a university can effectively convene programs. The panelists will discuss the following projects conducted at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University: the Civil Rights Movement initiative, the Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies & Port Markers Project, the Changing America traveling exhibition, and The Center for Reconciliation. By focusing on these specific programs, the panel will demonstrate how partnerships can be used to leverage and garner community support.

Speakers: Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University; Shana Weinberg, Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University; Anni Pullagura, Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University; Elon Cook, Center for Reconciliation

Moderator: Emily Owens, Brown University

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-3: Participant Surveys: Tapping Our Collective Wisdom
   

How are humanities professionals across the country using surveys to assess and improve public programming? What can we learn from one another? Bring a participant survey you’ve used recently to this interactive conversation about surveying practices in the field and take advantage of the collective wisdom in the room!

Speakers: Megan Zlatos, Alaska Humanities Forum; Caitlin Patton, North Carolina Humanities Council

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-4: The Four Freedoms: A Collaborative Exhibition
   

In 2018, Norman Rockwell’s famous Four Freedoms will embark on an international tour in the form of a traveling multimedia exhibition entitled, “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms.” This panel features the exhibition planners, whose backgrounds range from the museum profession to academia and from the artistic world to software technology. They will discuss the value of wide-ranging collaboration among all humanists and the ways humanists can productively merge approaches to better engage communities in meaningful discussions.

Speakers: Rich Bradway, Norman Rockwell Museum; James Kimble, Seton Hall University; Stephanie Plunkett, Normal Rockwell Museum; Daisy Rockwell, Independent artist, novelist, and essayist.

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-5: Redefining and Expanding Audiences via Collaborations
   

Like many nonprofit organizations, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) suffered extensive funding losses during the height of the economic recession. However, by setting long-term plans for diversifying revenue sources, increasing earned income streams, and establishing mutually beneficial and innovative partnership/collaborations, the LEH was able to conduct several initiatives that expanded, and in some cases redefined, the organization’s traditional audience. In this session, panelists will explore the development of LEH’s distinct collaborations, and ultimately, they will provide humanities professionals with strategies and ideas for identifying and seizing mission-aligned opportunities for collaboration to diversify and sustain programming.

Speakers: Shantrell Austin, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; Aimee Smallwood, Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation; Brian Boyles, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Moderator: Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-6: Voices that Need to be Heard: Cultural Equity and Grantmaking Partnerships
   

This panel brings together funders of and participants in the Expansion Arts Program in Rhode Island to discuss capacity building and leadership development in culturally specific organizations as well as these organizations’ impact on community building and economic development. Along the way, the panelists will talk about the Expansion Arts collaboration between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; the network established by program alumni; currents in the broader context of the humanities and arts sectors; and the challenges and opportunities for greater cultural equity.

Speakers: Daniel Kertzner, Rhode Island Foundation; Elena Calderon Patino, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; Stephanie Fortunato, City of Providence Department of Arts; Loren Spears, Tomaquag Museum

Moderator: Elizabeth Francis, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-7: Beyond “Transferable Skills:” Expanding Reach of Humanistic Experience
   

How do we think more concretely about the forms of expertise humanists bring to the table and how and why is that expertise valuable to organizations and society at large? What allows humanities PhDs to be “transformative?” This roundtable of humanists at work in the world will consider how professionally-trained humanists can and should influence the organizations they work in and how we might expand the reach of humanistic expertise beyond the academy.

Speakers: Stacy Hartman, Modern Language Association; John Paul Christy, American Council of Learned Societies; Joshua Wolff, McKinsey & Company; Cynthia Estremera, Strategy Arts

Moderator: James Grossman, American Historical Association

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-8: America’s Languages: Innovations in Heritage Language Education
   

This panel, inspired by the American Academy’s new commission report on language learning, will examine the importance of heritage language education for students who speak languages other than English (including Native American languages) at home. Panelists will offer practical models for the development of heritage language programs in college and universities and among state councils.

Speakers: Jessie “little doe” Baird, Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project; Paul LeClerc, Commission on Language Learning

  3:00 to 4:00 pm CS-9: Placemaking and Geocriticism: A Discussion
   

This atypical panel discussion is founded on the belief that the public role of the humanities can be expanded by installing or spotlighting tangible manifestations of the humanities in spaces where non-academic people will encounter and engage with them on a daily basis. In the exploration of how this might be accomplished, this panel will present a moderated discussion between an esteemed placemaking expert and the preeminent American scholar of geocriticism. They will discuss how the practices and methods of these fields might inform each other so as to develop new ways for the humanities to operate within and engage with the public sphere. Ultimately, the panelists aim to tease out next steps and best practices for placemaking and geocriticism collaborations that use the humanities to create and interpret public spaces.

Speakers: Fred Tally, Project for Public Spaces; Robert Tally, Texas State University

Moderator: Michael Smith, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Duquesne University

  4:00 to 4:15 pm Networking Coffee Break
  4:15 to 5:15 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  4:15 to 5:15 pm CS-1: Maximizing Reach/Continuing Influence of DH Projects
   

This panel will address how the digital history community can work together to develop a model that will facilitate the further transcription, editing, and digitization of historical documents; the development of tools that help projects reach, guide, and educate user groups about historical topics; and the creation of a sustainable funding model to keep digital history projects operational.

Speakers: Jennifer Stertzer, University of Virginia; Paul Israel, Rutgers University; Ted McConnell, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools; Neal Millikan, Massachusetts Historical Society; Katie Lebert, Washington Papers

Moderator: Julie Silverbrook, The Constitutional Sources Project

  4:15 to 5:15 pm CS-2: Forming the Public-Facing PhD Student
   

Join the leadership team of the NEH-funding initiative, “Versatile Humanists at Duke,” to discuss how graduate training can prepare students for more outward-facing roles in ways that are complementary to their academic research and interests. Through innovative research experiences, internship opportunities, and customized advising, the humanities community can foster graduate student versatility without forcing binaries (academic/nonacademic) in graduate student training or on professional outcomes.

Speakers: Edward Balleisen, Duke University; Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Duke University; Ashton Merck, Duke University

  4:15 to 5:15 pm CS-3: Humanities in Class: A Guide to Teaching and Learning in the Humanities
   

This session will identify the key qualities and practices of humanities disciplines and reflect the emerging directions of humanities scholarship. The session will present a set of guides in ten different humanities disciplines that are being used by educators. Panelists will then outline an outreach strategy to identify and support the training and incorporation of these guides to inspire conversation in K-16 and university instruction.

Speakers: Omar Ali, University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Allison Cohen, Langley High School; Skye Shirley, Newton Country Day School

Moderator: Andy Mink, National Humanities Center

  4:15 to 5:15 pm FSHC Annual Business Meeting
  5:15 to 5:45 pm Networking Coffee Break
  5:45 to 6:45 pm Closing Event
  9:30 pm to 12:00 am Hospitality Suite & FSHC 40th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration!

Sunday, November 5th

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  8:30 am – 9:30 am FSHC Board Breakfast
  9:30 am to 3:30 pm TBD Tours