Representing and supporting our nation’s humanities councils

to strengthen the civic, cultural, and social fabric of our nation through the humanities.

Photo credit: Kira Hirota, A Prime Time Family Reading program produced by Humanities Washington.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Indiana Humanities for hosting the 2023 National Humanities Conference! On October 25-29, colleagues connected with each other and were inspired by this year’s conference theme: “Crossroads.” A nickname for Indianapolis, “Crossroads” is the state motto of Indiana.

Stay tuned for the conference recap to be posted
on November 17.

Congratulations to our three 2023 Schwartz Prize recipients! There was a beautiful ceremony in Indianapolis at the Madam CJ Walker Center.

Our members tell the stories of our shared human experience, strengthen communities, and help bridge divides.

Making Meaning: Why Humanities Matter

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Princeton University, NJ, USA. Shot on Oct 25, 2018. Shot at dawn, the long cobblestone paths leading up to the Princeton square has an eerie quiet that can stimulate any academic.
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Now more than ever the humanities councils are needed to support their communities. See how you can play a part in this nationwide effort!

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Together we can use the humanities to help us make sense of the world.

Recent News

Alaska, North Carolina, and Rhode Island Humanities Councils Win Schwartz Prizes for Outstanding Humanities Programming

Photos: Harley Avery October 31, 2023 [Indianapolis, IN] At the National Humanities Conference on Friday, October 27, the Federation of State Humanities Councils (Federation) presented the 2023 Schwartz Prizes for outstanding … Read more

Federation Receives $210,000 from IMLS to Co-Plan Community Conversations on the 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with Five Humanities Councils

ARLINGTON, VA–The Federation of State Humanities Councils will receive a planning grant of $210,000 to partner with Arizona Humanities, Illinois Humanities, Indiana Humanities, Oregon Humanities, and PA Humanities to help … Read more

Spotlighting Great Humanities Leaders for National Arts and Humanities Month

By Lynn Pasquerella The worst global pandemic in more than a century had a profound impact on all aspects of society, including how we connect with each other and our … Read more