The National Humanities Conference seeks sessions that knit together the perspectives of academic and public humanities practitioners and appeal to both audiences. Experiential humanities programs that engage conference attendees in actual humanities programming, modeled on successful programs carried out throughout the year, are also encouraged. Sessions that draw on the city or surrounding area and/or convey a sense of place are especially desired. See examples from the 2018 conference in New Orleans below.
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Academics & Council Collaboration
EXAMPLE 1: Experiments in Audio
This session is designed for people interested in learning more about how to experiment with various audio formats (think podcasts, short- and long-form radio broadcasts and more). Participants will learn the benefits of experimenting with audio (primarily podcasts and radio broadcasts) as well as the myths, mistakes, and resources one needs before getting started.
EXAMPLE 2: Preschool Scholars?: Humanities and Early Childhood Education
Building a brighter future for the nation requires providing young children with a strong educational foundation. During this session, participants will consider the role of humanities organization, in supporting our nation’s youngest learners.
EXAMPLE 3: Spoonful of Sugar Helps Advocacy Go…
Can a spoonful of sugar help the advocacy go down? This panel brings together academic and public practitioners of the humanities to explore strategies for embedding humanities advocacy into public events and cultivating unlikely community champions to voice their support.
EXAMPLE 1: Chew on This: Does Place-Making Create Better Cities?
This experiential session will model Indiana Humanities’ successful “Chew on This” program while inviting participants to explore the ideas of and tensions around place-making and place-keeping. The session will take participants out into New Orleans to see how these ideas play out in the host city and gives a chance to meet locals engaged in these same issues. Participants will share a meal, a drink, and a great conversation with other curious humanists at Antoine’s Restaurant, as expert facilitators guide discussion and orient attendees to the city. (offsite session)
Additional bike tour: After the session concludes continue the city tour on bike! A guide will lead a small group from the restaurant through the French Quarter for a 20-minute ride up to the Capps Lecture venue.
EXAMPLE 2: In the Light Bulb Room
This participatory session will employ excerpts from Ralph Ellison’s 1970 essay, “What American Would Be Like Without Blacks,” as the basis for a discussion about race and inclusion. Copies of the excerpts will be available during the session; however, it is encouraged that participants read the essay in advance.