NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

March 10, 2019 at 6:00pm - March 12, 2019

Join us in Washington, D.C. in March to advocate for the humanities! This year’s event will provide ample opportunity to connect with a growing number of humanities advocates from around the country. Together, we will explore approaches to year-round advocacy on college campuses and in local communities while also preparing for Capitol Hill visits. On March 12, we will visit House and Senate offices to make a persuasive case for federal funding for the humanities.



Meeting Highlights:

  • Presentation of the Yates Award to two Members of Congress
  • Multiple sessions on recruiting undergraduate students to study the humanities
  • Exploration of new pathways in documenting the impact of the humanities
  • Pitching the humanities workshop
  • New advocate training

On Tuesday, March 12, advocates will visit Members of Congress or their staff with state-based delegations. NHA schedules these meetings in advance on behalf of all advocates. Before we meet in D.C., participants will be introduced to their advocacy group via email and receive advocacy training resources and profiles of the Members of Congress whose offices they will visit. At the annual meeting, all advocates will have time to meet with their groups to discuss strategy and logistics for the following day.

Interested in getting a headstart on Humanities Advocacy Day preparations?

Our Advocacy Guide, which will be updated for 2019, offers an overview of how to prepare for, conduct, and follow up on Hill meetings. NEH for All has compelling examples of NEH-supported work and impact areas to help advocates educate Congress about the role of the NEH. The NEH grants database, meanwhile, allows you to search grants to your state or congressional district.

Advocacy Guide     NEH for All

NEH Grants Database


Advocacy Guide


The Advocacy Guide offers an overview of how to prepare for, conduct, and follow up after meetings on the Hill. It also offers a brief overview of each of our funding priorities. We will also provide a hard copy of the Advocacy Guide on March 11.


Advocacy Guide


Advocacy Training Videos


We filmed two videos to help you prepare for the Hill visits:

1)      The first video, Preparing for Advocacy Day, offers a recap of recent funding trends, an overview of the budget and appropriations process, and an explanation of how to conduct a meeting.

2)      The second video, Anatomy of a Meeting, shows what meetings with the offices of three different Members of Congress might look like.


Humanities Policy Priorities Booklet


Our Humanities Policy Priority booklet offers detailed information about our funding priorities. It is also intended as a handout for Congressional offices, and we will provide hard copies on March 11th both for reference and for distribution.

Humanities Policy Priorities


NEH Brochure


Our NEH for All Brochure offers a deeper dive into four ways that the NEH contributes to public life. It is also intended both for your reference and as a handout for Hill offices, and we will provide hard copies on March 11.

NEH for All Brochure


The NHA Annual Meeting will be held at the LINE DC, a newly-opened boutique hotel in the heart of the Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Our room block has sold out, but there are still rooms available at a non-discounted rate at The LINE DC.

Reserve Today

Housed inside a 110-year old historic church, the LINE DC reflects the effort of local chefs, bartenders, artists, and designers. Consider making reservations in advance at one of The LINE DC's three acclaimed restaurants--A Rake's Progress, Brothers and Sisters, or Spoken English--or explore Adams Morgan, known for its eclectic cuisine from five continents and live music scene.


The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will hold its Humanities Roundtable at the American Psychological Association (750 First Street NE) on Sunday, March 10, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. We encourage all NHA Annual Meeting attendees who are interested to attend. The theme of this year’s roundtable is “Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and its Impact.” The roundtable program will end shortly before NHA’s annual meeting begins.

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Event Details


Registration for this event has closed.


Preliminary Program



Hotel Information



1770 Euclid St.
Washington, DC 20009

Our room block has sold out, but there are still rooms available at a non-discounted rate at The LINE DC.


Sponsorship Information

Help us mobilize advocates and increase support for the humanities in Congress! Click below for sponsorship options and benefits.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Lead Sponsor


Capitol Hill Reception Sponsor


Gold Level Sponsors

American Council of Learned Societies
Association of American Colleges & Universities
Association of University Presses (AUPresses)
Goucher College, MA in Cultural Sustainability
University of Delaware, College of Arts and Sciences
Vanderbilt University

Silver Level Sponsors

American Academy of Religion
American Alliance of Museums
American Anthropological Association
American Historical Association
American Institute for Conservation
American Philosophical Association
American Political Science Association
American Schools for Oriental Research
American Sociological Association
Association of Art Museum Directors
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Association of Research Libraries
Boston University
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University
Community College Humanities Association
Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences
Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Council on Undergraduate Research Arts and Humanities Division
Federation of State Humanities Councils
German Studies Association
Kaplan Humanities Institute at Northwestern University
National Communication Association
National Humanities Center
Northeastern University-College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Organization of American Historians
Simpson Center for the Humanities-University of Washington
Society for Classical Studies
UConn Humanities Institute and CLAS
University of Arkansas Dept. of History
University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
University of Maryland, College of Arts & Humanities
University of Oregon - Oregon Humanities Center