2016 Conference Schedule

Thursday, November 10th - Sunday, November 13th | Salt Lake City

2016 Conference Schedule (by day)

Wednesday, November 9th

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  8:00 am to 6:00 pm Utah Welcome Table
  10:00 am to 3:00 pm NEH Compliance Meeting (For Data Task Force)- (Canyon A)

This session will provide an overview of the compliance report (what we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it) and an update on the 2018 compliance report and the recommendations of the working group. A followup discussion open to council members will take place during the Marketplace of Ideas on Friday. 

Speakers: Leondra Burchall, NEH; Megan Zlatos, Alaska Humanities Forum; David Merkowitz, Ohio Humanities Council

Moderator: Meg McReyonlds, NEH

Thursday, November 10th

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  8:00 am to 6:00 pm Utah Welcome Table
  9:30 am to 2:30 pm Humanities in the Wild – (Antelope Island)

Trek and talk with Utah Humanities and Indiana Humanities on a journey to Antelope Island in Great Salt Lake for a model outdoor environmental humanities program and conversation about the opportunities and logistics of doing public programs in the wild.

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Cost: $51

Maximum: 50 people

  10:00 am to 3:00 pm FSHC Board Meeting – (Canyon B)
  12:00 to 5:00 pm Registration Desk Open
  1:00 to 3:00 pm MoMS Forum – (Canyon C)

We want your feedback! MoMS staff will convene a forum with council partners to share information about the launch of the newest MoMS exhibition, Water/Ways, and to discuss new opportunities for community engagement and program initiatives centered on local history. Hear from colleagues in Florida, Kansas, and Guam about a pilot project aimed to increase involvement in the MoMS program from Latino and Asian Pacific American audiences through a story collecting initiative. Representatives from the MuseWeb Foundation, our digital storytelling partner, will introduce a pilot project with MoMS communities and council partners in Minnesota and Alabama. The project uses storytelling and story collection to enhance cultural life in rural communities by deploying story “evangelists” to train local cultural organizations in collecting and developing stronger local content, and creating ways to use content to attract interest from business and governmental partners.

Speakers: Kimberlee Kihleng, Guam Humanities Council; Tracy Quillin, Kansas Humanities Council; Alex Buell, Florida Humanities Council

Moderator: Carol Harsh, Smithsonian – Museum on Main Street

  1:00 to 3:30 pm Foundant User Group – (Seminar)

Join other Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) users as they gather with Foundant President, Daren Nordhagen and Product Implementation Engineer, Sammie Holzwarth, for a few hours of networking and learning at this free User Group event. Here you will get a walk-through of the most recent GLM release information, quick tips training, and a chance to ask questions and network with others just like you. Feel free to bring your laptop to follow along.

Speakers: Daren Nordhagen, Foundant Technologies and Sammie Holzwarth, Foundant Technologies

  3:30 to 5:00 pm Kickoff Orientation – (Grand Ballroom)
    All conference attendees are invited to kick off the first-ever joint FSHC-NHA National Humanities Conference with a conversation about what is gained – by the partners, by the public – when academic and public humanities groups collaborate successfully and how humanities councils, universities, and other public and academic entities can strengthen collaborations.
  5:30 to 6:30 pm Transportation to the Natural History Museum for the Opening Reception
  6:30 to 8:00 pm Opening Reception- (Natural History Museum)

Explore exhibits on Utah’s natural history and mingle with colleagues from across the nation, and across the academic and public fields, while enjoying refreshments.

Cost: $45.00

  8:00 to 8:30 pm Transportation to Hotel
  8:30 pm Dinner on Your Own
  8:30 to 10:00 pm FSHC Board Dinner – (Canyon B)

Friday, November 11th

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  8:00 am to 4:00 pm Registration Desk Open
  8:30 to 9:20 am Welcome Breakfast – (Grand Ballroom)
    Join fellow conference attendees to continue the conversation started during the Kickoff Orientation and Opening Reception
  9:30 to 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  CS – 9:30 to 10:30 CS 1 – The New Tour: Innovations in Place-Based Storytelling – (Canyon C)

Surges in touring and tour-taking have often followed technological innovation. The number of digital place-based tours grows every day as historical societies, libraries, museums, and entrepreneurs publish tours of historic or cultural sites, relying on a mix of geo-location and text, as well as multi-media features such as archival photographs and video and audio recordings. Meanwhile, the old-fashioned docent- or citizen- led tour is undergoing its own renaissance, as social activists and educators design tours that stimulate civic and political engagement. This session provides attendees with an opportunity to hear from panelists who are at the forefront of rethinking and redesigning tours for the 21st century.

Speakers: Therese Kelly, Los Angeles Urban Rangers; Elizabeth Francis, Rhode Island Councils for the Humanities; Stephen Goldsmith, Center for the Living City

Moderator: Marisa Brown, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University

  CS – 9:30 to 10:30 CS 2 – Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation in the United States – (Salon 3)

In 2009, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched its America Healing initiative. Building on this initiative, the Foundation now is launching a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) process designed to uproot the myth of a hierarchy of human value based on physical characteristics such as skin color and facial features. To provide a framework for this effort, it has prepared case studies on several of the communities it has supported through its America Healing initiative. This roundtable will start with an interview with representatives from some of these communities about principles they have employed, activities that have proven most effective, collaborations they have developed, and challenges they have experienced. A discussion with attendees will follow to detail how they can be meaningfully involved in the TRHT process.

Moderator: Dr. Gail Christopher, Vice President for TRHT and Senior Advisor, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  CS – 9:30 to 10:30 CS 3 – Connecting the Humanities to the Community through Digital Projects – (Canyon B)

This roundtable will discuss the design and experience of a distinctive humanities course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, built on student-community interaction. The course, Digital Humanities Practicum, partners teams of graduates and undergraduates with local and regional nonprofit organizations that have identified a challenge that can be addressed by combining humanities and technology. Students have created mobile applications, interactive maps and timelines, digital exhibits, and other products that organizations have used to advance their goals. The conversation will focus on detailing student and organization experiences, exploring the way this model productively challenges the participants, and describing the benefits to all in this humanities-centered partnership.

Speakers: Elizabeth Lorang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Andrew Jewell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  CS – 9:30 to 10:30 CS 4 – The Local Humanities Community: Lessons in Partnership-Building and Advocacy from the Humanities Working Groups for Community Impact Initiative – (Topaz)

What does community impact look like from the vantage point of the humanities? And how can humanities practitioners from different sectors work together to make the humanities more accessible, engaging, and meaningful for members of the communities where we live and work? The Humanities Working Groups for Community Impact Initiative, a project of the National Humanities Alliance and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, has been working since late 2014 to address these questions in select sites nationwide. Working groups bring higher education faculty and administrators together with leaders of local humanities organizations, with the goal of cultivating a more unified local humanities community: a platform for developing programs that address community needs and for building public awareness of how the humanities contribute to local life. This roundtable discussion features public and academic humanities practitioners from the Initiative’s South Mississippi and Lower Eastern Shore (MD) working groups. Discussion will focus on successes and challenges from the groups’ work to date; how the construct of the local humanities community has served as a basis for cross-sector partnership development as well as enhancement of local impact and support; and recommendations for how the Initiative’s convening-based approach might be deployed in other communities.

Speakers: Maarten Pereboom, Salisbury University Fulton School of Liberal Arts; Jeanne Gillespie, University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Collaborative Research and Engagement; Stuart RockoffMississippi Humanities Council, Phoebe Stein, Maryland Humanities, FSHC Board

Moderator: Beatrice Gurwitz, NHA

  CS – 9:30 to 10:30 CS 5 – Building Collaboration for a Shifting Landscape: How a Documentary Film Project Connects Poetry with Displacement in Real Life – (Salon 1)

What can the humanities do in the face of real, physical displacement? Frances McCue, co-founder of Seattle literary center Richard Hugo House, will host a session on her new grassroots project, Where The House Was, a documentary film about how nostalgia, poetry, emotion, and camaraderie have become attached to the Hugo House. In this workshop, McCue, along with the film’s director, Ryan Adams, and production manager, Cali Kopczick, will present and model their preliminary findings as instigation for participants to better explore the linkages between place, community, and the humanities.

Speakers: Frances McCue, Where The House Was; Cali Kopczick, Where The House Was; Ryan Adams, Where The House Was

  CS – 9:30 to 10:30 CS 6 – Engaging More Diverse Constituencies in the 21st Century – (Canyon A)

Migration and immigration are transforming communities around the world, sparking discussions and debates concerning culture, economics, identity, and politics. Public folklorists are well positioned to present compelling programs related to these transformational changes. This roundtable will feature folklorists and council staff members who will discuss how migration and immigration are woven throughout U.S. history, how they continue to influence and define American culture and community life, and how the power of the humanities and the vitality of traditional culture can address the challenges of diversity and cultural change by engaging constituencies.

Speakers: Christina Barr, Nevada HumanitiesJulie Ziegler, Humanities Washington, FSHC Board; Rob Vaughan, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; Ken Sullivan, West Virginia Humanities Council

Moderator: James Deutsch, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

  CS – 9:30 to 10:30 CS 7 – Interdisciplinary Humanities and Faculty Public Engagement in North Carolina – (Granite Conference Center)

In a state experiencing a backlash against public education and humanities research and teaching, it is crucial that faculty exert a strong voice in public life and foster such skills in their students. This session will address faculty members’ widening circles of public engagement and audiences. As professors themselves, the speakers will address a variety of case studies in which faculty used interdisciplinary humanities to encourage students and faculty members to exercise their public voice, and to create humanities networks and consortiums to foster public conversation and debate. Attendees will explore strategies for creating synergies between individual faculty research, teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration, and public engagement.

Speakers: Lisa Levenstein, UNC Greensboro; Alexandra Moore, UNC Greensboro; Jennifer Feather, UNC Greensboro

Moderator: Bridget Irish, Fort Lewis College

  CS – 9:30 to 10:30 CS 8 – Advancing Data and Evaluation in the Humanities Sector – (Salon 2)

This presentation and small group work session will focus on certain strategies around data and evaluation practices to advance the humanities sector. Attendees will learn more about how they can participate in a grassroots-led effort to utilize data to tell the story of the impact of the state humanities councils and their grantees and partners.

Members of the Data Task Force will discuss how collective data tools like the NEH Compliance Plan and DataArts can help us to drive innovation, strengthen our performance, communicate the impact of the humanities sector, and shed light on the NEH’s investment in and grant-making to the state councils.

Speakers: Jim Kitterman, Maryland Humanities; Carole Ann Penney, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; Mimi Iijima, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Moderator: Angelica Dongallo, California Humanities

  CS – 9:30 to 10:30 CS 9 – Development Session: Case Making for the Humanities – (Seminar)

This one hour session will focus on making a “Case for Support” for humanities programs and initiatives given the other social needs that foundations are continually being asked to support.

Topics to be discussed will include: 1) Why it matters? Creating a strategic vision for doing what we’re doing; 2) How to deal with hierarchy of issues; 3) Leveraging your requests; 4) The practicality of your request; 5) Does the message show how the project enhances lives and our community? 6) How will the program be expanded, sustained? 7) Does the message convey how the elevated discussion/ivory town will also reach out to include broader communities? 8) Does your message show how the program will network into related constituencies?

Speakers: Lucinda Kindred, Tangerine Associates, LLC; Sarah Meehan, Tangerine Associates, LLC

  10:30 to 11:00 am Networking Coffee Break
  10:45 am to 12:00 pm Extended CS – Jane Jacobs Walk I: The Regent Street Placemaking Project – (Offsite Session)
    Explore the spatial realities, social life, and history of Salt Lake City’s Regent Street. Led by local hosts, this neighborhood tour seeks to discover and respond to the complexities of the city and environment through personal and shared observation. Learn more…
  11:00 am to 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  CS – 11:00 to 12:00 CS 1 – Engaged Humanities for the New Century: Strategies for Place-Based Digital Storytelling – (Canyon A)

Digital media, crowdsourcing, and interactive platforms have made it possible to focus on new potential for local engagement via gathering and sharing stories in innovative ways. The ability to collaboratively source tales of local life and connect them to wide-ranging histories and story networks is one of the most empowering and transformative aspects of the humanities. This session will feature a conversation about methods, tools, and applications that will be relevant to the humanities councils and their constituencies interested in making their stories accessible, replicable, and relevant to audiences.

Speakers: Tim Raphael, Center for Migration and the Global City, Rutgers University Newark; Arijit Sen, Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Michael Frisch, The Randforce Associates, LLC; Talking Pictures, LLC

Moderator: Michael Frisch, The Randforce Associates, LLC; Talking Pictures, LLC

  CS – 11:00 to 12:00 CS 2 – People Not Property: A National Register of Deeds of the Enslaved – (Topaz)

In 2013, Buncombe County, North Carolina Office of Register of Deeds was the first in the nation to digitize the Bills of Sale for enslaved people and put them online as searchable documents. Since that time, seven other counties in North Carolina have followed suit. People Not Property is a collaboration between UNC Asheville, Clemson University, and the University of Georgia working to see this project move to every county in the nation where enslavement occurred. Participants in this session will learn how to begin this project in their own county as well as learn its usefulness to genealogists, educators, and historians.

Speaker: Deborah Miles, UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education; Darin Waters, UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education; Christopher Lawton, UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education

  CS – 11:00 to 12:00 CS 3 – Humanities and Philanthropy: Partners for Social Change – (Canyon C)

How can partnerships with philanthropic organizations help state humanities councils expand their constituents, audiences, and ability to shape how we understand and respond to the major challenges of our time? With case studies from Pennsylvania and Michigan, this roundtable discussion will examine how foundations are looking to the humanities to address issues of critical relevance to contemporary society and make real changes in the nation. Michigan and Pennsylvania council staff will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by new initiatives created by partnerships with foundations, and representatives from the Kellogg and Orton Family Foundations will share their perspectives on collaborating with state humanities councils in order to make social change.

Speakers: Robbe DiPietro, Michigan Humanities Council; Joe Cialdella, Michigan Humanities Council; Laurie Zierer, Pennsylvania Humanities Council; David Leckey, Orton Foundation; Mimi Iijima, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Moderator: Shelly Kasprzycki, Michigan Humanities Council

  CS – 11:00 to 12:00 CS 4 – Bridging Troubled Waters: Promoting Understanding and Dialogue between Muslims and Other Americans – (Seminar)

During the past several years, our nation has witnessed a disturbing rise in the level of fear, distrust, and outright hostility toward Muslim-Americans. This session will share results from three recent public humanities projects that have aimed to create opportunities for learning and dialogue, dispel stereotypes, promote deeper understanding of Muslim history and culture, and foster communication between Muslim-Americans and others in our communities. Practitioners working in the field to address this problem through public programs will address issues such as assessing project impact and outcomes, sharing actionable ideas and strategies, and overcoming challenges and obstacles. These presentations will be followed by a time for questions and discussion with session attendees.

Speakers: David Washburn, Independent Filmmaker; Zaki Hamid, Humanities Washington; Lainie Castle, American Library Association

Moderator: Felicia Kelley, California Humanities

  CS – 11:00 to 12:00 CS 5 – Congressional Communications – (Canyon B)

The results of the 2016 election will have a significant impact on the political landscape, the issues that will dominate the agenda for the coming years, and the future of cultural funding. This session will provide an opportunity to hear a brief analysis of the election results and possible impact from three individuals who have worked inside Washington for a number of years. Following opening remarks by the presenters, session participants will be encouraged to raise questions, report on changes in their own delegations, and exchange ideas about how best to make the case for the importance for the humanities with the new Congress and administration.

Speakers: Carolyn Fuller, Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc.; Robert Bowen, NHA; Tim Aiken, NEH

Moderator: Rick Ardinger, Idaho Humanities Council, FSHC Board

  CS – 11:00 to 12:00 CS 6 – Building Humanities Collaborations that Further the Common Good: An Interactive Discussion – (Salon 1)

NEH’s special initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, is designed to demonstrate and enhance the critical role the humanities can play in our nation’s public life. New collaborations – between academic and community-based organizations and stakeholders – are an important avenue for the creation of rich humanities dialogues that are relevant to community concerns. Session leaders invite participants to join small mixed groups for interactive discussions to brainstorm designing humanities-based programs that address key community issues and draw strength from collaborations involving academics, humanities councils, and/or other models of partnership.

Speaker: Meg McReynolds, NEH

Moderator: Eva Caldera, NEH

  CS – 11:00 to 12:00 CS 7 – Golden Opportunities: Revitalizing the Humanities for the Public Sphere – (Salon 3)

Join us for lightning talks on how individuals and organizations are pivoting to create programs that reflect the needs, wants, and demands of the public. 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 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. Up to 10 spaces for presenters will be available.  Signing up in advance of the session is strongly suggested, though not required.

To do so, please email Logan Hinderliter at logan@rihumanities.org. If space remains, attendees can choose to present at the beginning of the session.

Presenters: Christine Henseler, Union College; Michael Kilivris, Contra Costa College; Logan Hinderliter, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; Anne Richardson, Oregon Cartoon Institute; Ruth Wilson, San Jose State University; Danielle Garran, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School; Frances McCue, Frances McCue; Sheri L. Parks, University of Maryland; Kerry Skora, Hiram College; Amy Hamlin, St. Catherine University

Moderator: Beatrice Gurwitz, NHA

  CS – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Extended CS – State Councils, National Institutions, and Nurturing the Next Generation of Public Humanists – (Granite Conference Center)

A new generation of university- and college-based scholars is coming of age in a different sort of academic environment than the one that existed a decade ago. Some national academic institutions have foreseen this change and created new programs that seek to address a new connection between the humanities and the public. This session will provide models of these programs and will also suggest mechanisms to capture the energy these programs generate. In particular, discussion will focus on what has prompted these organizations to reorient their thinking about support for younger humanists.

Speakers: Pauline Yu, American Council of Learned Societies; Robert Newman, National Humanities Center; Daniel Reid, The Whiting Foundation; Stephen Kidd, NHA

Moderator: Douglas Greenberg, Rutgers University, New Jersey Council for the Humanities

  12:00 to 1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own
  1:30 to 3:00 pm Working Groups

Working groups offer conference participants the opportunity to explore more deeply an area of shared interest and involve both pre- and post- conference participation by group members, as well as time at the conference to meet to advance their project. This year’s working group topics include: K-12 Education, Indigenous Connections, Support for Public History Projects, and Humanities Graduate Programs.

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  1:30 to 3:00 pm Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going? Taking Stock of the 2016 Election – (Granite Conference Center)

The 2016 National Humanities Conference takes place just days after the national election. This extended session will provide an opportunity for open discussion of how the 2016 election is likely to affect the humanities and their roles in national life.

Moderator: John Roth, Claremont McKenna College

  1:30 to 3:00 pm Major Gifts and Stewardships – (Canyon B)

The session will include information on:

1) Developing your lists;

2) Prospecting and identification;

3) Recruiting and developing a fundraising board;

4) “Getting to know your major donors” strategies;

5) How do you get the appointment;

6) Pointers for face-to-face engagement;

7) Follow-up strategies (including social media);

8) When to make the ask, how to make the ask, and who should make the ask;

9) How to keep your donor engaged

Speakers: Lucinda Kindred and Sarah Meehan of Tangerine Associates, LLC

Please note that this session is an “Intermediate Session” and is for participants who already have some knowledge of the subject

  3:00 to 3:15 pm Coffee Break
  3:15 to 4:15 pm Marketplace of Ideas – (Grand Ballroom)

These sessions are designed to encourage the free exchange of ideas about specific topics of interest and are organized as informal conversations. Topics can be proposed anytime between now and the conference. The individual(s) who proposes the topic will serve as the discussion moderator. To propose a topic, please email Esther Mackintosh.

Already proposed topics include:

Discussion of Specific Fundraising Needs and Challenges

Moderated by Lucinda Kindred and Sarah Meehan of Tangerine Associates, LLC

Humanities Moments National Campaign – (Canyon B)

Moderated by Robert Newman of the National Humanities Center

This is the Humanities! Stepping up College Campus Programming

Moderated by Bridgette Sheridan and Virginia Rutter of Framingham State University

Working Together is Working Better? Challenges and Benefits of Collaborative Work in the Humanities

Moderated by Megan Senseny and Maria Bonn of the University of Illinois, School of Information

University Humanities Centers – The Start-up Phase

Moderated by Melanie Page of West Virginia University

We Heard You: Compliance 2.0 – (Canyon A)

Moderated by Leondra Burchall and Meg Ferris McReynolds of NEH

NEH Challenge Grant

Moderated by Susan Broeksmit of NEH

Community Engagement and the Push-back Against Political Correctness

Moderated by David Washburn and Felicia Kelley of California Humanities

Click here to learn more about each topic.

  3:15 to 4:15 pm Jane Jacobs Walk II: Regent Street Placemaking Project – (Offsite Session)
    Explore the spatial realities, social life, and history of Salt Lake City’s Regent Street. Led by local hosts, this neighborhood tour seeks to discover and respond to the complexities of the city and environment through personal and shared observation. Learn more…
  4:15 pm Meet in Hotel Lobby to walk to the Jeanne Wagner Theater for the Schwartz Prize Presentation and Capps Lecture
  4:45 to 5:15 pm Schwartz Prize Presentation – (Jeanne Wagner Theater)
    Winners announced! Join FSHC as we award up to three state humanities councils with the annual Schwartz Prize, an award that recognizes outstanding and innovative work in the public humanities.
  5:15 to 6:15 pm Capps Lecture with Danielle Allen – (Jeanne Wagner Theater)

Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard professor, and political theorist, Danielle Allen is the author of Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), and Why Plato Wrote (2014), among others. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Mellon Foundation Board, and past chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

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  6:15 to 6:45 pm Book Signing with Danielle Allen
  6:45 pm Dinner on Your Own
  7:30 to 9:30 pm Island Soldier Film – Understanding the Global in the Local through Visual Humanities – (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art)

This concept-focused session, open to the public, entails a special preview screening and facilitated conversation of Island Soldier, a documentary film partially funded by the Guam Humanities Council that intimately explores the U.S. military service of islanders from Micronesia. These servicemen and women, who are not U.S. citizens, have fought and died in disproportionately high numbers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In fact, Micronesia is considered a “recruiters’ paradise,” yet few Americans know of Micronesia and its long colonial/neocolonial relationship with the U.S. Through this session, participants will engage with the visual humanities and discuss the important role it plays in addressing local and global issues.

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Saturday, November 12th

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  8:00 am to 5:30 pm Registration Desk Open
  8:45 to 9:45 am Breakfast with NEH Chairman William D. Adams – (Grand Ballroom)

Join Dr. William D. Adams, the tenth chairman of the NEH, in conversation with Rob Vaughan, president and CEO, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Chairman Adams has overseen the NEH’s 50th anniversary events and launched The Common Good initiative, which includes eight programs ranging from Humanities in the Public Square to Latino Americans.

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  9:45 to 10:00 am Break
  10:00 to 11:30 am Constituent Group Conversations (CGC)
  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 1 – Higher Education and Scholarly Societies Constituent Group – (Canyon A)

This session offers conference participants affiliated with higher education institutions and scholarly societies the opportunity to gather to discuss what they see as the most promising avenues for deepening public engagement with the humanities.

Moderator: Stephen Kidd, NHA

  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 2 – Council Executive Directors – (Topaz)
    Moderator: Julie Ziegler, Humanities Washington
  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 3 – Program Officers – (Canyon C)
    Moderators: Leah Nahmias, Indiana Humanities; Zaki Hamid, Humanities Washington; Stacy Hoshino, Hawaii Council for the Humanities
  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 4 – Development Officers – (Granite Conference Center)
    Moderator: Kristen Fuh Wells, Indiana Humanities
  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 5 – Fiscal Officers – (Granite Boardroom)
    Moderator: Eric Sanders, Humanities Washington
  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 6 – Communications Officers – (Canyon B)
    Moderator: Marilyn Murphy, Arizona Humanities
  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 7 – Board Member Conversation: Financial Planning for Council Boards – (Salon 1)
    Moderator: Dave Reetz, Federation Board Treasurer
  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 8 – Board Member Conversation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Board Stewardship – (Salon 2)
    Moderator: Ralph Lewin, Federation Board
  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 9 – Board Chair Conversations – (Salon 3)
    Moderator: Louis Riggs, Missouri Humanities Council Board Chair
  CGC – 10:00 to 11:30 CGC 10 – NEH New Board Member Orientation – (Seminar)

State humanities council board members have two-fold responsibilities, meeting the expectations of both your council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This session provides new state council board members to review best board practices as well as the intersections between NEH, state councils, and the Federation.

Speakers: Meg McReynolds, NEH; Leondra Burchall, NEH

  11:30 am to 12:30 pm Hope, Heart, and Humanities Book Signing
  11:30 am to 1:00 pm Lunch on your own
  11:45 am to 12:45 pm Diversifying Council Boards Lunch – (Grand Ballroom)

State humanities councils have a long history of highlighting different perspectives, providing context to facilitate community dialogue, and showcasing diversity within our communities. We understand that engaging diverse voices in the leadership of our organizations is crucial to serving a range of constituents effectively. However, many state humanities councils struggle to recruit people representing communities of color as volunteers and board members. This informal brown-bag session will bring together council representatives to discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to recruiting trustees from different backgrounds, particularly those who are racially and ethnically diverse. The cost of the lunch is being subsidized by contributions from two members of the Federation board.

Cost: $20

Maximum: 40 people

  1:00 to 2:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  CS – 1:00 to 2:00 CS 1 – Advancing the Humanities through Strong Local History Organizations – (Canyon A)

Local history organizations are receiving assistance from state humanities councils to identify their greatest needs and build professionalism. Panelists from Connecticut, Nebraska, and Utah will describe how using a variety of assessment resources, such as the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs), fosters organizational growth and ensures that programs and collections remain vibrant community resources.

Speakers: Scott Wants, Connecticut Humanities; Megan Van Frank, Utah Humanities; Mary Yager, Humanities Nebraska; Jennifer Ortiz, Utah Division of Arts and Museums

Moderator: Cherie Cook, American Association for State and Local History

  CS – 1:00 to 2:00 CS 2 – Collaboration and its Discontents – (Granite Conference Center)

Creating collaborations between departments at research universities is not always easy. Despite the constant call for interdisciplinary work, everything from departmental cultures to financial structures can make it difficult to collaborate, even when opportunities present themselves. This panel will address these challenges and their related prospects during recent years at the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University. This presentation will also address ways in which humanities-based collaborations can extend into local communities, including working with state humanities councils.

Speakers: Dan Kubis, University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center; Michael Berube, Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Moderator: Laurie Zierer, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

  CS – 1:00 to 2:00 CS 3 – Collaboration First: Civic Visions in Public Humanities – (Canyon C)

The Catalyzing Newport program at Newport, RI strengthens public humanities organizations by deepening scholarly engagement, expanding audiences, contributing to civic vitality, and reorienting our collective focus from the past to the future. Catalyzing Newport is a collective impact initiative facilitated by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and steered by a committee of seven local cultural organizations in Newport. Aiming to create shared visions across organizations and sectors using humanities methods, this program promotes the role of humanities councils as a convener for communities to address their challenges and opportunities. This roundtable will review Catalyzing Newport’s model, methods, and plans for scalability.

Speakers: Tom Scheinfeldt, University of Connecticut Digital Media Center; SueEllen Kroll, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; Tyler French, Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Moderator: Elizabeth Francis, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

  CS – 1:00 to 2:00 CS 4 – The Clemente Course in the Humanities: 20 Years of Community Partnerships – (Topaz)

Clemente Courses provide free, accredited college courses in the humanities to those marginalized by economic hardship and adverse circumstances. Clemente’s success relies on social entrepreneurialism at a local level that is supported by dynamic partnerships among social service agencies, institutes of higher education, community organizations, and state humanities councils. This session will bring together representatives from four different communities to discuss how various Clemente models achieve sustainability by responding to community aspirations and challenges through collaboration with diverse local, state, and regional organizations.

Speakers: Lela Hilton, Clemente Course in the Humanities; Vivé Griffith, Free Minds; Kathryn Pope, Bridge Program

Moderator: Jean Cheney, Utah Humanities

  CS – 1:00 to 2:00 CS 5 – Paths Less Traveled: Interpreting Cultural Landscapes in Montana – (Salon 1)

Montana Preservation Alliance’s Preservation Road Show and American Prairie Foundation’s Transect project are immersive models of place-making and storytelling that combine historical scholarship and heritage stewardship to connect with audiences across a broad spectrum of interests, professions, and settings. This session will brainstorm how coordinating between local, state, federal, public, and nonprofit partners better showcases the region’s cultural and historic resources as vital to the health and economic well-being of communities. Participants will explore the value and power of humanities-driven cross-sector collaboration models to engage new, diverse, and often underserved audiences in stewardship of cultural, natural, and historic resources.

Speakers: Chere Jiusto, Montana Preservation Alliance; Carl Davis, U.S. Forest Service; Kate Hampton, Montana State Historic Preservation Office; Christine Brown, MPA

Moderator: Ken Egan, Humanities Montana, FSHC Board

  CS – 1:00 to 2:00 CS 6 – The Face of PhD Education Innovation: New York’s Public Humanities Fellows – (Salon 2)

New York has a head start on the NEH-funded Next Generation of PhD Education initiative, having hosted 34 post-coursework PhD candidates as Public Humanities Fellows since 2013. Now that universities have been prompted by the NEH to plan and commit to such reforms, we’ll present on the program’s genesis, structure, successful fundraising, and outcomes that are changing the DNA of the participating university humanities centers and the humanities council.

Speakers: Sara Ogger, New York Council for the Humanities; Timothy Murray, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University; Adam Capitanio, New York Council for the Humanities

Moderator: Tom Guiler, Winterthur Museum

  CS – 1:00 to 2:00 CS 7 – Deepening Council/Academic Partnerships – (Salon 3)

Everywhere we turn, from the world of business to the field of medicine, from science and technology to politics, we find ourselves in a moment of tremendous change. Old narratives are collapsing, and leaders in many sectors are compelled to seek new, more workable narratives. The humanities offer a unique perspective on these changes, but we are undergoing our own moment of flux in both the public and the academic humanities, with “redefining” conversations taking place in both communities. At such a moment, the need is critical for all parts of our community to come together, for all perspectives from inside the academy and from diverse segments of the public, to be represented at the table. The moment is fragile, and we in the humanities have a unique opportunity to come together to help understand and address the current challenges. In this interactive session, three council directors will briefly describe the ways the council and their academic partners have joined together to address complicated questions. Each participant will receive a 3×5 card at the door to write questions noted during opening remarks by the presenters and added to the moderated discussion that will follow among presenters and participants.

Speakers: David O’Fallon, Minnesota Humanities Center; Deborah Watrous, New Hampshire Humanities Council; Briann Greenfield, New Jersey Humanities Council

Moderator: Esther Mackintosh, FSHC

  CS – 1:00 to 2:00 CS 8 – Humanities Resources in Wyoming: Forming a State Council/University Partnership – (Canyon B)

The development of the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research at the University of Wyoming has created unique opportunities for partnership between academics and the Wyoming Humanities Council. The goals of the partnership include: mapping the cultural resources of the state, matching public humanities practitioners with academic colleagues and university-based facilities, and creating links among the many venues that provide public humanities programming, often operating in isolation. This session will feature a discussion on the evolving partnership, one which involves a shared endowment supporting joint programming, a fellowship for public practitioners, and research presentations.

Speakers: Dave Reetz, Wyoming Humanities Council, FSHC Board; Frieda Knobloch, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research; Shannon Smith, Wyoming Humanities Council

Moderator: Eric Sandeen, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research

  2:00 to 2:30 pm NHC 2017 Welcome Table and Networking Coffee Break
  2:30 to 3:30 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  CS – 2:30 to 3:30 CS 1 – The Status of the Plan: How Adherence to (or Departure from) the Strategic Plan Helps (or Hinders) Humanities Work and Partnerships – (Salon 3)

This roundtable discussion will invite humanities organizations to think together about the status and function of their overarching plan. Topics will include: departing from the plan, building the plan to help partnerships, and developing a strategic plan. Humanities council directors from North Carolina, Maine, and Oregon will provide different viewpoints and examples on the role of their strategic plan in order to ground the session, but these examples will be offered briefly at the outset in order to provoke discussion among participants.

Speakers: Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council; Paula Watkins, North Carolina Humanities Council; Adam Davis, Oregon Humanities

  CS – 2:30 to 3:30 CS 2 – Teacher Programs that Work – (Canyon C)

Research indicates that effective teaching is the most essential ingredient of educational quality. Panelists will discuss Florida Humanities Council’s and Humanities Texas’ professional development programs, and illustrate Dr. Charles Flanagan’s techniques and resources to prepare teachers to engage at-risk students in understanding central aspects of U.S. history and civics. This panel will consider how councils can partner with educational and cultural institutions to implement effective professional development programs for K-12 teachers.

Speakers: Jacqui May, Florida Humanities Council; Eric Lupfer, Humanities Texas; Charles Flanagan, National Archives and Records Administration

Moderator: Eric Lupfer, Humanities Texas

  CS – 2:30 to 3:30 CS 3 – Regional Studies Centers at the Crossroads of the Global and the Local – (Granite Conference Center)

As universities strive to extend the global impact of their research and curriculum, they must also remain grounded in the places they serve. Regional studies centers constitute an essential link between institutions of higher learning with local communities, situating themselves to demonstrate the relevance of humanities scholarship to a public audience. This session will feature directors from regional studies centers facilitating a discussion on how university-based centers can partner with humanities councils to develop meaningful programming on the value of new scholarship for local communities.

Speakers: Robert Brinkmeyer, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina; Brian Cannon, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University; Virginia Scharff, Center for the Southwest, University of New Mexico, Ted Ownby, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, Christopher Cantwell, The Center for Midwestern Studies, University of Missouri – Kansas City 

Moderator: Gregory Smoak, American West Center, University of Utah

  CS – 2:30 to 3:30 CS 4 – Into the Great Wide Open: How Producing Digital Content Can Extend the Power of the Humanities into the Hard-to-See but Very Real World of Online Engagement – (Canyon A)

Humanities councils do an excellent job creating opportunities for their participants to engage, in person and through the written word, with provocative ideas. As powerful as these types of programs are, they don’t always successfully translate into the online environment where many of our audiences spend much of their time. This presentation will explore how councils might use video, audio, and digital media as promotional communication tools and as valuable ways of engaging audiences. Session leaders will share their experiences in creating digital content and facilitate a discussion about the value and challenges of investing in this type of content, the complicated role of humanities councils as media producers, and the future of humanities councils online.

Speakers: Kathleen Holt, Oregon Humanities; Brian Boyles, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

  CS – 2:30 to 3:30 CS 5 – Building Partnerships between Humanities Councils and Humanities Centers – (Canyon B)

This panel will lead a discussion of best practices for collaborations between state-based humanities councils and university humanities centers and how to best construct opportunities to combine their interests in the most mutually beneficial ways. While the primary audiences served by councils and university humanities centers differ, they have the shared mission of promoting and advancing work in the humanities. Representatives from Humanities Tennessee, Humanities at Vanderbilt, Georgia Humanities, the Wilson Center for the Humanities at the University of Georgia, and the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory will speak about their experiences in designing and implementing programs that engage both the public and academic communities.

Speakers: Timothy Henderson, Humanities Tennessee; Jamil Zainaldin, Georgia Humanities; Nicholas Allen, Wilson Center for the Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia; Keith Anthony, Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University

Moderator: Mona Frederick, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University

  CS – 2:30 to 3:30 CS 6 – Renewal: Making a Humanities Center Relevant in a Two-Year, Primarily Professional/Technical, College – (Topaz)

The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, created in 2003 through an NEH Challenge Grant, is housed at Spokane Community College (SCC) in Spokane, Washington. SCC is a two-year, largely professional and technical institution, which has provided unique challenges and potential for a humanities center. This presentation focuses on the ongoing process of re-visioning and expanding the Center as we forge stronger connections with faculty across divisions, develop a workable five-year plan for the Center, and create clear operational processes and procedures.

Speaker: Andrea Reid, Spokane Community College

  CS – 2:30 to 4:00 pm Extended CS – The Publicly Engaged Scholar – (Salon 2)

A new generation of PhD’s are breaking down old binaries between academic scholarship and the public humanities by integrating civic engagement into their work. Motivated by personal values, frustration with the limited reach of scholarly publications, university initiatives, and a sincere desire to make an impact, these scholars are going beyond traditional public speaking engagements to take on ambitious projects that target community needs and concerns. While the scholars’ projects take many forms, many actively engage with community members making them co-creators in their ongoing work. This panel will explore how this “public turn” is changing humanities scholarship, what it means for the field, and how state councils can partner with publicly engaged scholars.

Speakers: Nicole Fleetwood, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Scarlett Rebman, Syracuse University; Robyn Schroeder, Public Humanities Center, Brown University

Moderator: Briann Greenfield, New Jersey Council for the Humanities

  3:30 to 4:00 pm Networking Coffee Break
  4:00 to 5:00 pm FSHC Annual Business Meeting – (Alpine Ballroom)
    All Federation member councils are strongly encouraged to participate in the Annual Business Meeting. This meeting provides an opportunity to vote on the Federation plan, budget, and new board members.
  4:00 to 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (CS)
  CS – 4:00 to 5:00 CS 1 – Success through Collaboration: Utah’s K-16 Language Education Alliance – (Canyon A)

Utah has a strong and successful Dual Language Immersion Program that now includes five languages in 138 schools that reach around 29,000 students in grades 1-8. With the first cohort of immersion students now taking the Spanish AP exam at the end of 9th grade, the University of Utah’s Second Language Teaching and Research Center will bridge the imminent education gap between 9th grade and enrollment in college with year-long intensified language courses for grades 10-12. To work on this project, an alliance was formed that spans public and higher education, and includes all seven Utah colleges and universities. This roundtable focuses on the challenges and opportunities presented by this collaborative project.

Speakers: Jane Hacking, University of Utah; Johanna Watzinger-Tharp, University of Utah; Gregg Roberts, Utah State Office of Education

Moderator: Fernando Rubio, University of Utah

  CS – 4:00 to 5:00 CS 2 – Local Pedagogies for Global Change at Utah: A Collaborative Approach – (Canyon B)

This roundtable will be concept-focused around three programs at the University of Utah: Global Citizenship BlockU, Humanities Scholars, and Humanities in Focus. Each program, in its way, targets a population of students that might not otherwise consider the humanities or their own potential as voices for local and global change. Each program works collaboratively across sectors or across disciplines to put local pedagogies in the service of global change and provide an opportunity for documenting best practices, thinking through current challenges, and laying better foundations for the future. This session will explore how new collaborations help reach new populations, how the humanities prepares students to be global citizens, and how faculty can best enhance their own competencies to share this scholarship across the country.

Speakers: Eric Laursen, College of Humanities, University of Utah; Taunya Dressler, College of Humanities, University of Utah; Jeff Metcalf, Humanities in Focus; Ye Sun, University of Utah

Moderator: Christine A. Jones, College of Humanities, University of Utah

  5:00 to 5:30 pm Break
  5:30 to 6:30 pm Closing Event with Elizabeth Fenn – (Grand Ballroom)

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History for her book, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, she is currently the Walter and Lucienne Driskill Professor of Western American History at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research specializes on the early American West, with a focus on Native American history, epidemic disease, and environmental history.

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  6:30 to 7:00 pm Book Signing and Reception with Elizabeth Fenn
  7:00 pm Dinner on Your Own
  9:30 pm to Midnight Hospitality Suite – (Presidential Suite) 
    Kick back, grab a drink (or two!) and enjoy the last few hours of the conference with NHA and FSHC board and staff. The hospitality suite is intended as a big thank you to all who attended, supported, and presented at this year’s conference.

Sunday, November 13th

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  8:30 am – 9:30 am FSHC Board Breakfast – (Canyon B)
  9:30 am – 3:30 pm Mountains and Park City Tour – (Park City)

Park City has transformed itself from a hard-working, hard-drinking mining camp to what is now a world-renowned winter sports destination and host of the Sundance Film Festival. Our tour will head into the majestic Wasatch Mountains and follow a part of the original—and daunting–route taken by Mormon pioneers in 1847. We will stop first at the museums at Utah Olympic Park and then to Main Street for lunch and a visit to the Park City History Museum.

Learn more about this unique tour here.

Cost: $50