News Category: FSHC Announcements

NHC 2022, Los Angeles: Call for Session Proposals

The Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance are excited to announce the 2022 National Humanities Conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, California, November 10-13, 2022. This annual conference brings together representatives from colleges, universities, state humanities councils, cultural institutions, and other community-based organizations to explore approaches to deepening the public’s engagement with the humanities. View the full Call for Session Proposals here.

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14 Dec 2021
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Now Hiring! Communications & Meetings Associate

The Communications & Meetings Associate plays a vital role in integrating communications and events functions at the Federation and supporting member humanities councils nationwide. This person will also play an important part in the Federation’s implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) lens for its communications and events.

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18 Nov 2021
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Meet the 2022 Federation Board of Directors

The 2022 Federation Board of Directors welcomes three new board members and a new chair elected on November 12, 2021, by the Federation membership at the 2021 Annual Business Meeting held in conjunction with the virtual National Humanities Conference. The board officers were voted on by the 2022 board of directors in a meeting following the annual business meeting.

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Federation Launches First-ever Podcast, Making Meaning: Why Humanities Matter

This six-episode season is about the role the humanities have played during the pandemic and in our recovery across the greater United States. Each episode balances two interviews: one that tells a story from a public humanities program about a specific topic and another that takes a broad-ranging look at it with a humanities leader. Guests include Natasha Trethewey, two-term US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer-Prize winner; Dr. John Kuo Wei Tchen, Inaugural Clement A Price Professor of Public History & Humanities at Rutgers University-Newark and director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture & the Modern Experience; and Dr. Chuck Fluharty, founder, president, and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute, the only organization in the country that assesses how public policies affect rural communities.

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16 Nov 2021
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Members Elect New Chair and Board Members to Federation Board of Directors at Annual Business Meeting

The Federation of State Humanities Councils announces the election of Paxton Williams as chair and three new members to its board of directors by the Federation membership, effective November 13, 2021. Williams succeeds Susan McCarthy as chair. The new board members include one humanities council executive director, Kevin Lindsey (MN), and two public members, Juana Guzman (IL) and Mark Miyake (WA).

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Two Schwartz Prizes Awarded to Nevada Humanities and Minnesota Humanities Center at #VirtualNHC21

“In a year that demanded so much from our humanity, these programs brought opportunities for community members to express themselves, gather together, and provide much-needed context for what we were experiencing as a nation,” said Phoebe Stein, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. “The winning programs grounded communities in vital conversations about racism, healing, and the complexity of humanity, and underlined the importance of innovation and creativity in moments of crisis.”

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05 Aug 2021
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Statement on the Federation’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Work

The Federation of State Humanities Councils’ board of directors and staff are committed to furthering racial equity through diversity, equity, inclusion, and access work across our organization.  In July 2019, the Federation board unanimously approved the following resolution: “the Federation affirms its commitment to address DEI by first developing and implementing a DEI strategy involving Federation board and staff and then assembling a task force to provide DEI leadership to councils.”

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Deadline Extended! The 2021 Call for Schwartz Prize Nominations

The Federation of State Humanities Councils is now accepting nominations for the 39th annual Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize, established by former Federation board member Martin Schwartz and his wife Helen to recognize outstanding work in the public humanities. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, September 13, 2021. Questions? Email Sydney Boyd at sboyd@statehumanities.org.

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Mellon Foundation Awards $1.96 Million to FSHC to Support Nationwide Public Humanities Programs on Civic and Electoral Participation

“The state humanities councils have a long record of creating and conducting programs that respond to the unique issues and concerns facing their communities and exploring where community priorities diverge and overlap. This initiative will offer spaces to learn about the electoral process, the role and impact of civic participation, and why it matters,” said Phoebe Stein, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Read more.

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FSHC Announces New Racial Equity Working Group

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Federation’s Racial Equity Working Group. Federation Board Member Gloria White Gardner (Maryland) and Maine Humanities Council Executive Director Hayden Anderson will serve as co-chairs. The group’s goals are to examine the Federation’s practices, policies, and programming, with the intention of coordinating institutional resources to help enact and support a race equity culture among our organization’s staff, board, and member councils nationwide.

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11 Tips for Virtual Board Meetings

In the age of physical distancing, how do you convert and run meetings, such as what was traditionally a multi-day, in-person Board meeting? We checked in with our members and Federation Events Manager Tom Marabello for his input. While some challenges just can’t be helped (poor wifi, unmuted background noise, and those who don’t ‘video conference’), many reported positive experiences overall. Check out the tips and resources and share your experiences!

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