2018 National Humanities Conference Now Open

August 16, 2018

The Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance are pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 National Humanities Conference is now open. The National Humanities Conference brings together hundreds of humanities practitioners from across the country and across disciplines to engage with humanities issues relevant to the host city of New Orleans as well as to bring awareness to humanities work being conducted nationwide. This year, there are more than 70 different sessions, including an opening reception held on the City of New Orleans Riverboat, the annual Capps Lecture featuring two-time National Book Award winning author Jesmyn Ward and Kiese Laymon, the Schwartz Prize awards presentation for outstanding public humanities program, and a closing event with jazz historian and musicologist Dr. Michael White.

Early bird registration rates are available now through October 5, 2018 at $395 for members of the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance, and $445 for non-members. After October 5, 2018, registration will be $445 for members and $505 for non-members. Additional rates are available for session coordinators, panelists, students, and K-12 teachers, as well as one-day rates for members and non-members. Click here to learn more about the different options.

The conference will take place November 8-11, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Marriott located in the French Quarter. Please note that conference registration does not include hotel room reservations. To learn more about hotel accommodations for the National Humanities Conference, please visit www.statehumanities.org/hotel-travel-information-nhc-2018/. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and tend to sell out.


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 broadening the impact and relevance of the humanities in everyday American life.


The Federation of State Humanities Councils, founded in 1977 as the membership association of state and territorial councils, provides support for the state humanities councils and strives to create greater awareness of the humanities in public and private life. For more information about the Federation of State Humanities Councils, please visit: www.statehumanities.org.

The state humanities councils are independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations supporting grassroots humanities programs and community-based activities. Humanities councils were created by Congress in the early 1970s and receive an annual congressional appropriation through the National Endowment for the Humanities, which most councils supplement with state and private funding. For more information about the state humanities councils, please visit: http://www.statehumanities.org/the-state-humanities-councils/

Questions? Please email the Federation events staff at events@statehumanities.org.