FAQs for attendees

What will the virtual NHC look like?

The conference will include plenary sessions featuring national leaders in the humanities, more than 60 concurrent sessions that were accepted for the Indianapolis conference, and facilitated conversations on topics related to carrying out humanities work in the current moment. We will also hear from NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede and present the Schwartz Prize, which recognizes excellence in state humanities council programs. Finally, we will provide opportunities for connecting with colleagues, new and old, just as in previous years. The conference will be spread over four days, with most sessions occurring between 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET. 


What is the registration rate? 

We have worked to keep costs low to ensure as much participation as possible. Registration will be $75 for presenters and $100 for all other attendees. 


I thought a virtual conference would be free? Why should I pay for an online conference?

Webinar and video-conferencing platforms like Zoom are not free—especially when used on a large scale. Not only is there a cost for the web technology, but managing a conference of this size requires a virtual conference platform to make sure that everything runs smoothly. In addition to a reduced registration rate, there are no travel or hotel costs this year, making the total cost for conference participation much lower.


Is there a deadline to cancel and receive a full refund?

The deadline to cancel to receive a full refund is October 30, 2020. Any cancellations after October 30th will not be refunded.


I do not have the funds for the registration fees, what should I do?

As in previous years, we will offer a limited number of grants to defray conference registration costs on a first-come first-served basis. The deadline for these requests has now passed.


What will I need in order to participate in the online conference?

A computer, tablet, or smartphone that has a camera, microphone, and internet access (preferably high speed). The web interface will work best on a computer or tablet.


Will sessions be recorded?

Yes. Plenary and concurrent sessions will be recorded and made available for 30 days after the conference. Networking events, constituent groups, and facilitated conversations will not be recorded. We are recording plenary and concurrent sessions to better provide access to participants in a wide range of time zones and with dependent care challenges, among other commitments. We recognize that some attendees may be concerned about privacy issues, which is why we are requiring login access and prohibiting individual downloads of recordings.


I need accommodations to participate actively in the conference. Will you provide accommodations?

If you need accommodations, please contact us at [email protected] by October 30 so that we can be sure to do our best to accommodate you.