2016 Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

March 14, 2016 at 9:00am - March 15, 2016

March 14, 2016 at 9:00am - March 15, 2016

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March 14-15, 2016
George Washington University’s Marvin Center and Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.  

Hotel Reservations

A ​block ​of ​rooms ​at ​the ​Capitol ​Hill ​Hotel ​is ​reserved ​for ​participants ​at ​a ​discounted ​rate ​of ​$239/night ​on ​March ​12-16. Availability ​is ​limited ​and ​hotel ​reservations ​must ​be ​made ​no ​later ​than ​February ​11, ​2016.

This yearly event provides opportunities for participants to connect with a growing network of humanities leaders from around the country; communicate the value of humanities research, education, programming, and preservation to Members of Congress; explore national humanities policy; and become year-round advocates for the humanities. Sessions and events will be held at George Washington University and on Capitol Hill.


Click here to see the event program.


Featured Speakers

Bro Adams
Bro Adams is the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Adams served as president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 2000 until his retirement in June 2014. Previously, he was President of Bucknell University from 1995 to 2000. Dr. Adams was Vice President and Secretary of Wesleyan University from 1993 to 1995 and was Program Coordinator of the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University from 1986 to 1988. Earlier in his career, he held various teaching positions at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and the University of North Carolina. Dr. Adams served in the Vietnam War as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 1977, he became a Fulbright Scholar and conducted research at the École des Hautes Études and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Dr. Adams received a B.A. from the Colorado College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. ​


Max Kenner

Max Kenner is the Founder and Executive Director of Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), which enrolls incarcerated women and men in academic programs that culminate in degrees from Bard College. 

BPI is nationally recognized and enrolls 300 students in six correctional facilities across New York State. Kenner is a leading advocate for the restoration of college-in-prison and frequently speaks publicly about the BPI model in education and criminal justice policy. 

He is a Co-Founder of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, which supports colleges and universities in establishing college-in-prison projects and currently has partner programs in 10 states.

Kenner also serves as Vice President for Institutional Initiatives and Advisor to the President on Public Policy & College Affairs at Bard College. He was a 2013-'14 fellow-in-residence at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. In July 2014 Kenner was appointed to serve on Governor Cuomo’s New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, Re-Entry Subcommittee. In November 2015 Kenner received the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship and in October 2014 the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Education.