Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Q: Where and when is the 2018 National Humanities Conference taking place?
A: The 2018 National Humanities Conference is taking place in New Orleans, LA from November 8 -11, 2018.

Q: Who organizes the National Humanities Conference?
A: The Federation of State Humanities and the National Humanities Alliance organize the conference for their members and others interested in learning more about the work being conducted in the public and academic humanities. In 2018, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a state humanities council and member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, is hosting the conference in New Orleans, LA.

Q: I’m a session coordinator, where do I find the information I need?
A: We have a page specifically designed to help answer your questions, including important dates and deadlines, important forms, and hotel and room layouts. Please click here to access it.

Q: Where can I give feedback about the conference?
A: Immediately following the conference, the Federation and the National Humanities Alliance will issue an online conference evaluation via email. Additionally, at the end of the conference, the evaluation can be found on the mobile app.

Q: I have other general questions that aren’t included, who should I contact?
A: For general conference questions, please contact Ashley Cherry, communications and events coordinator at the Federation:

Conference Registration

Q: When is the registration period for the 2018 National Humanities Conference?
A: Registration will open July 2018 and run through October 2018. To receive the early registration rate, you must register no later than October 5, 2018. Subscribe to the NHC e-Newsletter to stay in the know about conference updates and important dates and deadlines.

Q: What are the regular and discounted rates for the 2018 National Humanities Conference?
A: Click here to view all rates. If you are a session coordinator and have specific questions about your rate or wish to apply for a scholarship for either you or your panelists, please see the session coordinator page for more information.

Q: What is the registration cancellation deadline and policy?
A: Registration cancelation deadline is November 2nd. You may sign into your registration to cancel or email Ashley Cherry, Federation communications and events coordinator, at by Friday, November 2nd to receive a full refund.

Hotel Reservations

Q: Where is the 2018 National Humanities Conference hotel?
A: The 2018 National Humanities Conference will be held at the New Orleans Marriott located at 555 Canal Street, New Orleans. Click here to make your reservation!

Q: When can I book my room(s) for the conference hotel?
A: Today! The room block for the 2018 National Humanities Conference is now open for reservations. Please use this link to receive the group rate for the conference. The rate is $219 per night plus taxes and fees.

Q: What do I do if the hotel says the NHC group rate is sold out?
A: Contact Shannon Loburk (, director of meetings at the Federation, to let her know. Occasionally there’s a glitch with the hotel reservation system and we can help you sort it out. If the hotel is sold out, Shannon will let you know and can provide alternate hotel options.

Q: I need to cancel my hotel room, who should I contact? The Federation or the conference hotel?
A: Please contact the hotel directly to cancel your room unless the room block is sold out. If the conference room block is sold out, please contact Shannon Loburk ( This allows us to reassign the room at the same rate to another conference attendee.

Newsletters, Social Media, and Mobile App

Q: What is the best way to stay informed of conference updates, information, and important dates?
A: Please subscribe to the NHC weekly e-newsletter, which will contain all you need to know about the conference, including upcoming deadlines, new additions, changes, and other exciting information!

You can also follow conference updates using #NHC18nola across various social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To follow the Federation on Twitter and Instagram, please use @HumFed, on Facebook @FederationofStateHumanitiesCouncils. To follow the National Humanities Alliance on Twitter and Instagram, please use @HumanitiesAll, and on Facebook @NationalHumanitiesAlliance.

At the conference, we recommend subscribing to the NHC Daily, which offers recaps, interviews, photos, and videos of the events occurring during the conference. The NHC Daily is only distributed the week of the conference.

Q: What is on the conference mobile, why should I use it, and how do I download it?
A: On the conference mobile app (launching late summer 2018) you will have access to the entire conference schedule in the palm of your hand. In the app, you will be able to view locations, times, and presenters of sessions, as well as receive real-time updates on any changes in the conference program. Additionally, the app allows you to connect with colleagues using the attendee feature and connect your social media accounts to share what’s happening. More information, including how to download the app, will be available after registration opens (late summer 2018).

Q: Is there a hashtag for the conference?
A: Yes! Please use #NHC18nola when posting! We’ll be looking for attendee comments leading up to and during the conference. We can’t wait to interact with you!