Virtual National Humanities Conference

Friday, November 6, 2020 (All day)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (All day)
Thursday, November 12, 2020 (All day)
Friday, November 13, 2020 (All day)
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Join representatives from colleges, universities, state humanities councils, museums, and libraries for the first-ever virtual National Humanities Conference, taking place Friday, November 6; Tuesday, November 10; Thursday, November 12; and Friday, November 13. Together, we will explore our collective work to deepen the public’s engagement with the humanities. 

Highlights include:

  • Opportunities to connect with each other and reflect on our collective work in the wake of an unprecedented year and the 2020 election
  • Small group discussions on timely topics
  • More than 60 sessions exploring public humanities work
  • An opportunity to connect with National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) program officers and hear from NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede.

In July, we made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person conference in Indianapolis due to COVID-19. We, along with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, are working hard to replicate the opportunities to connect and learn that we enjoy each November. 

We are pleased to offer this virtual programming, which will be low cost and require no travel, to welcome new participants and broaden our conversations. All programming will take place in the afternoon and evening Eastern time to accommodate as many U.S. time zones as possible.  

Please save the dates! Registration and additional information coming soon.

This event is hosted by the National Humanities Alliance. The University of Iowa and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies are members of the NHA.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Erin Hackathorn in advance at