What is the purpose of this event?

The purpose of the event is twofold. First, it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities and look forward to the next 50 years. Second, it will showcase what the humanities do. The speakers, panelists, and participants won’t just talk about the humanities. They will demonstrate how the humanities can help us better understand some of the biggest questions and challenges of our day from war and globalization to race and technology.

Do I have to buy a ticket to attend?

Every aspect of the event is free and open to the public—from art exhibits to film screenings to a panel discussion at Monticello—no tickets will be sold for the event. However, some events will require a free ticket or RSVP, so be sure to check the website or sign up for event updates to learn when tickets become available for specific sessions.

What if I can only attend a few sessions?

That’s great! With a wide range of events offered over the course of three days, you can choose as few or as many sessions as you would like to attend. Perhaps you can only make it to one session or maybe you plan to join us for the entire event, either way we are excited for you to join us.

Who is this event for? Do I have to have a humanities degree?

No, but they’re welcome as well. Over its 50 year history, the NEH has supported a wide range of scholarship and projects, including 16 Pulitzer prize winning books to Ken Burn’s Civil War documentary. This event will celebrate how people from across the nation do the humanities whether in a local museum, radio show, public library, or classroom. And it will return the NEH’s founding legislation from 1965 to consider how the humanities can contribute to “the current conditions of national life.”

Have another question?

Email us at neh.human.ties@gmail.com