We are pleased to invite you to the 2022 National Humanities conference, where we will Experience Change in Kinetic California! This year’s program will include two days of virtual sessions on November 3-4, with in-person activities in Los Angeles on November 10-13. Registration is available with early bird rates now through September 30

Plan to gather with humanities professionals throughout our entire community. Representatives from humanities councils, community organizations, museums, libraries, scholarly societies, and colleges and universities will be present to discuss, explore, and reflect on the public humanities.

Program and Speakers

We are excited to bring you a lineup of all-star speakers and events at this year’s in-person activities! See some of the plenary, networking, and social events below.

* indicates sessions that require pre-registration

Wednesday, November 9

· State & Jurisdictional Humanities Council Grants and Program Staff Gathering* 

· “Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Engagement” discussions & dinner*

Thursday, November 10

· “Museum on Main Street” Forum

· “Humanities Councils and Mass Incarceration: Envisioning Alternatives” discussion with Illinois Humanities and the Minnesota Humanities Center*

· Opening Plenary: Award-winning author and former California Humanities Board Member, Natalia Molina

· Opening Reception

Friday, November 11

· LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group Breakfast Meetup

· 40th Anniversary Presentation of the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize – don’t forget to submit your nomination by August 18!

· Capps Lecture: Pulitzer-Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation with California author Susan Straight

· After Hours at the Japanese American National Museum* 

Saturday, November 12

· Educator endawnis Spears in conversation with National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Shelly Lowe

· Closing Event: “From Avant-Garde to Afrofuturism” featured panel

· NHC 2023 Kickoff & Reception


Excited to explore more of Los Angeles? We’ve got you covered! From walking tours to food tours, view the options available while at the conference. 

Note: tours have an additional fee and require pre-registration

Hotel & Travel

This year’s conference hotel is the Westin Bonaventure and Suites. Located in the heart of Downtown LA, this hotel is where all sessions take place and is in walking distance to the Capps Lecture and Closing Plenary venues. 

We have a limited block of rooms available for NHC 2022! The deadline to book is October 25, 2022.

Host Council

California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, promotes the humanities—focused on ideas, conversation and learning—as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect people to each other in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has awarded grants totaling more than $38 million in every Congressional district, and delivered programs across the state since 1975. To learn more, visit calhum.org, or like and follow on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.

In-person Conference Details

Where: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles, CA

When: Thursday-Sunday, November 10-13

In-person registration includes access to virtual programming.

Virtual Conference Details

Where: Online via Zoom (link provided after registration) 

When: Thursday-Friday, November 3-4

Virtual sessions will be held in the afternoon Eastern Time to be convenient in all time zones.

Visit the NHC website to learn why you don’t want to miss this conference.