The National Humanities Conference

Bringing the Humanities Community Together

About the Conference:

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

The 2020 National Humanities Conference

Bringing the Humanities Community Together at the “Crossroads”

In 2020, the conference will be hosted by Indiana Humanities.

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Dates: November 5-8, 2020
Conference Hotel: The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Conference Hotel Rate: $205 per night, plus taxes and fees.

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Important NHC 2020 Updates

View the Call for Proposals!
Session Acceptance Letter Go Out in May

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Future Conferences:

Each year, the conference is held in a different location and is organized around a theme pertinent to the history, issues, and culture of the host region. Interested in hosting the conference in your state? We issue an RFP every other year to determine future conference locations. The next RFP will go out in 2020 for the November 2023 conference.

NHC 2021
Detroit, MI
November 11-14, 2021

NHC 2022
Los Angeles, CA
November 10-13, 2022