Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Q: Where and when is the 2018 National Humanities Conference taking place?
A: The 2018 National Humanities Conference is taking place in New Orleans, LA from November 8 -11, 2018.

Q: Who organizes the National Humanities Conference?
A: The Federation of State Humanities and the National Humanities Alliance organize the conference for their members and others interested in learning more about the work being conducted in the public and academic humanities. In 2018, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a state humanities council and member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, is hosting the conference in New Orleans, LA.

Q: Is there an opportunity for my organization to participate in sponsorship of the National Humanities Conference?
A: Yes, there are a number of sponsorship levels with corresponding benefits. Please view the Sponsorship Document for more information.

Q: I’m a session coordinator, where do I find the information I need?
A: We have a page specifically designed to help answer your questions. Please click here to access it.

Q: Where can I give feedback about the conference?
A: Immediately following the conference, the Federation and the National Humanities Alliance will issue an online conference evaluation via email. Additionally, at the end of the conference, the evaluation can be found on the mobile app.

Q: I have other general questions that aren’t included, who should I contact?
A: For general conference questions, please email to reach the Federation events staff.

Conference Registration

Q: When is the registration period for the 2018 National Humanities Conference?
A: Registration will open August 2018 and run through November 2, 2018. To receive the early registration rate, you must register no later than October 5, 2018. Subscribe to the Federation Update to stay in the know about conference updates and important dates and deadlines or follow us on Twitter @HumFed especially on Tuesdays as we’ll be running a weekly Twitter thread with all you need to know that week about the conference #NHCTuesdays.

Q: What are the regular and discounted rates for the 2018 National Humanities Conference?
A: Click here to view all rates. If you are a session coordinator or panelist and have specific questions about your rate, please visit the session coordinator page for more information.

Q: What is the registration cancellation deadline and policy?
A: Registration cancellation deadline is November 2nd. You may sign into your registration to cancel or email, to reach a member of the Federation event staff by Friday, November 2nd to receive a full refund.

Hotel Reservations

Q: Where is the 2018 National Humanities Conference hotel?
A: The 2018 National Humanities Conference will be held at the New Orleans Marriott located at 555 Canal Street, New Orleans. Click here to make your reservation!

Q: When can I book my room(s) for the conference hotel?
A: Today! The room block for the 2018 National Humanities Conference is now open for reservations. Please use this link to receive the group rate for the conference. The rate is $219 per night plus taxes and fees.

Q: What do I do if the hotel says the NHC group rate is sold out?
A: Contact to let one of the Federation event staff know. Occasionally there’s a glitch with the hotel reservation system and we can help you sort it out. If the hotel is sold out, we will let you know and can provide an alternate hotel option.

Q: I need to cancel my hotel room, who should I contact? The Federation or the conference hotel?
A: Please contact the hotel directly to cancel your room unless the room block is sold out. If the conference room block is sold out, please contact This allows us to reassign the room at the same rate to another conference attendee.

Newsletters, Social Media, and Mobile App

Q: What is the best way to stay informed of conference updates, information, and important dates?
A: Follow the Federation on Twitter using @HumFed and tune in every Tuesday for #NHCTuesdays, a weekly Twitter thread detailing what you need to know about deadlines. new additions, changes, and other exciting information! You can also follow conference updates using #NHC18nola across various social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To follow the Federation on Twitter and Instagram, please use @HumFed, on Facebook @FederationofStateHumanitiesCouncils. To follow the National Humanities Alliance on Twitter and Instagram, please use @HumanitiesAll, and on Facebook @NationalHumanitiesAlliance.

At the conference, we recommend subscribing to the NHC Daily, which offers recaps, interviews, photos, and videos of the events occurring during the conference. The NHC Daily is only distributed the week of the conference.

Q: What is on the conference app, why should I use it, and how do I download it?
A: On the conference app (launching late September) you will have access to the entire conference schedule in the palm of your hand. In the app, you will be able to view locations, times, and presenters of sessions, as well as receive real-time updates on any changes in the conference program. Additionally, the app allows you to connect with colleagues using the attendee feature and connect your social media accounts to share what’s happening. Email invitations to download the app will be sent starting early fall. Be sure to register for the conference first.

Q: Is there a hashtag for the conference?
A: Yes! Please use #NHC18nola when posting! We’ll be looking for attendee comments leading up to and during the conference. We can’t wait to interact with you!