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 56 state and U.S. territorial humanities councils and those interested in advancing the work of the public humanities in everyday American life.

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 2020 National Humanities Conference

Introducing the first-ever virtual National Humanities Conference!

In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Humanities Conference will be held virtually.

Location: Online
Dates: November 6, 10, 12, and 13, 2020
Registration Opens: September 2020
Conference Rate: Coming soon

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Important NHC 2020 Updates

Now Accepting Late-Breaking Proposals!
Deadline to Submit is September 25

Registration Information
Coming Fall 2020

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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. The RFP for the 2023 conference is now closed. We look forward to announcing the 2023 location and dates soon.

NHC 2021
Detroit, MI
November 11-14, 2021

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