The National Humanities Conference

Bringing the Humanities Community Together

About the Conference:

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 U.S. state and jurisdictional humanities councils and those interested in advancing the work of the public humanities across the country.

Since 2016, the Federation and the National Humanities Alliance have 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 highlighting the impact and relevance of the humanities in everyday American life. 

The 2021 National Humanities Conference

Introducing the 2021 National Humanities Conference!

Join representatives from colleges, universities, state humanities councils, museums, and libraries for the annual National Humanities Conference. Together, we will explore our collective work to deepen the public’s engagement with the humanities.


Have a great idea for a session at this year’s conference? We’d love to hear from you! Review this year’s Call for Session Proposals and submit your idea by April 19, 2021.

View the Call for Proposals

Future Conferences:

Each year, the conference is held in a different location and is organized around a theme pertinent to the history, issues, and culture of the host region. Interested in hosting the conference in your state? We issue an RFP every other year to determine future conference locations. Subscribe to the Federation Update to stay apprised of all NHC information and other FSHC news.

NHC 2022
Los Angeles, CA
November 10-13, 2022

NHC 2023
Indianapolis, IN
October 25-29, 2023