Introducing The 2019 Conference – Registration Now Open

August 6, 2019

Introducing the 2019 National Humanities Conference: Roots & Routes: Navigation, Migration & Exchange in the 21st Century

Registration is now open for #NHCOceania, a joint conference of the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance that brings together the humanities community to explore programs, collaborations, scholarships, and innovation in public and academic humanities.

HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI – General registration for the National Humanities Conference is now open! The National Humanities Conference is a four-day event that will take place November 7-10, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. For the first time in Federation history, the National Humanities Conference will be held outside the continental US and cohosted by the US state and territorial councils of Oceania: Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, Humanities Guåhan, Northern Marianas Humanities Council, and Amerika Samoa Humanities.

This year’s conference will examine the theme, “Roots and Routes: Navigation, Migration and Exchange in the 21st Century,” through more than 80 sessions, four plenaries, and a number of offsite sessions, cultural tours, and workshops over the three days of the national conference. Offsite sessions, presentation, and tours will feature historically or culturally significant landmarks, including Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaiʻi Plantation Village, and ‘Iolani Palace. A separate registration for offsite events, with the exception of the plenaries, will open late-August.

“As Pacific Island cohosts, we have worked hard to put together a number of place-based program experiences for our humanities community. These experiences are a small example of our brilliant and complex communities and histories in our islands,” said Aiko Yamashiro, executive director of the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities.

Held in a different city and state every year, the National Humanities Conference is jointly planned and conducted by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance and brings together public and academic humanities practitioners to explore local and national opportunities and challenges, discover new ideas and research, learn about collaborations and best practices, and find ways to strengthen America’s humanities structure.

“This conference offers participants a rare opportunity to experience and better understand the cultures and histories of the Pacific Island region by being in the place itself, hosted by the oceanic councils who know it best,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. “The conference permits us to examine the importance of the region to our national identity, discover stories often left out of mainland history, and understand the critical role these areas play in national conversations on belonging, place, migration, and home.”

“We are especially excited to welcome councils and higher ed-based scholars to the 2019 National Humanities Conference this fall to highlight existing collaborations and foster new ones that help demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to contemporary society. Hawai‘i is a particularly meaningful place to gather to explore contemporary issues that Pacific Island communities face that resonate with broader national concerns,” said Stephen Kidd, executive director of the National Humanities Alliance.

To learn more about the National Humanities Conference, please visit Registration is now open.


Established in 1978 by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the National Humanities Conference was originally designed as a resource to bring together the nationwide network of the 56 state and U.S. territorial humanities councils and those interested in advancing the work of the public humanities in every day American life. In 2015, the Federation and the National Humanities Alliance partnered to make the National Humanities Conference available to both public and academic humanities practitioners to address local and national challenges through the lens of the humanities and to spark innovative collaborations, conversations, and research while broadening the impact and relevance of the humanities in everyday American Life.


The Federation of State Humanities Councils, founded in 1977 as the membership association of state and territorial councils, provides support for the state humanities councils and strives to create greater awareness of the humanities in public and private life. For more information about the Federation of State Humanities Councils, please visit:

The state humanities councils are independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations supporting grassroots humanities programs and community-based activities. Humanities councils were created by Congress in the early 1970s and receive an annual congressional appropriation through the National Endowment for the Humanities, which most councils supplement with state and private funding. For more information about the state humanities councils, please visit:


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