NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

March 08, 2020 at 1:00pm - March 10, 2020

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. During our Annual Meeting, we will explore approaches to year-round advocacy on college campuses and in local communities while also preparing for Capitol Hill visits. On Humanities Advocacy Day, we will visit House and Senate offices to make a persuasive case for federal funding for the humanities.


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NHA_2019_Advocacy_Day_AWM0635.jpgMeeting highlights:

  • Workshops on attracting students to the humanities
  • Sessions on documenting and communicating the impact of public humanities programs
  • Training sessions for new and seasoned advocates

Explore the program!

On Tuesday, March 10, 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 2020, 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

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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 10.

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 10th both for reference and for distribution.

Humanities Policy Priorities


NEH for All 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 10.

NEH for All Brochure

HAD 2020 Details


Registration for this event has closed.


Preliminary Program

Explore the program!


Hotel Information

Our room block at the Washington Court Hotel is now full.


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

AAC&U (Association of American Colleges & Universities)
American Council of Learned Societies
American Historical Association
Arkansas Humanities Center
Association of University Presses
Cornell University
CCAS (Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences)
University of Delaware
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vanderbilt University

Silver Level Sponsors

American Academy of Religion
American Alliance of Museums
American Anthropological Association
American Institute for Conservation
American Philosophical Association
American Political Science Association
American Schools of Oriental Research
American Sociological Association
Association of Art Museum Directors
Association of Research Libraries
Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University
Boston University
College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland
College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University
Community College Humanities Association
Council on Undergraduate Research
Federation of State Humanities Councils
Folger Shakespeare Library
German Studies Association
Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan
Kaplan Humanities Institute at Northwestern University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Middle East Studies Association of North America
National Civil Rights Museum
National Communication Association
National Humanities Center
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Oregon Humanities Center at the University of Oregon
Organization of American Historians
Society for Classical Studies
University of Iowa
Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities