Humanities for All

Across the United States, faculty and students at higher education institutions are engaging communities in humanities research, teaching, preservation, and a wide variety of public programming. Humanities for All showcases the full range of these higher ed-based public humanities initiatives.

The collection of over 1,800 projects illustrates the possibilities of the humanities for everyone involved: building and strengthening communities; enhancing preservation efforts; creating innovative and practical learning experiences for undergraduate students, graduate students, and people of all ages and backgrounds; offering civic forums for meaningful dialogue; and advancing humanities scholarship that broadens our understanding of ourselves, our nation, and our world.


Explore Humanities For All


Read Our New Report!

This resource, which draws on responses to a 2021 surveying effort of 157 institutions, provides data and examples of higher ed campus-based efforts to train students and faculty in public humanities methodologies, including publicly engaged degree granting departments, majors, minors, certificates, course pathways, internships, and faculty training programs.

Over the coming months through workshops, presentations, and consultations, we will be working with member institutions to explore how these strategies might be applied on their campuses. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Humanities for All project director Michelle May-Curry at [email protected]

Learn About Trends in the Field

Building off the Humanities for All database, the website includes synthetic essays on trends in the public humanities. 

A Typology of the Publicly Engaged Humanities


Goals of the Publicly Engaged Humanities

Contribute to the Humanities for All database

In an effort to represent the ongoing development of the field, Humanities for All continues to collect examples of publicly engaged humanities work in U.S. higher education.

If you have been involved with a publicly engaged humanities project that is not yet listed in Humanities for All, we would be very grateful for your contribution. You can submit unlisted engaged humanities projects to Humanities for All by clicking here.


Contribute to the Humanities for All blog

The Humanities for All blog welcomes original contributions of 400-500 words highlighting publicly engaged humanities initiatives, practices, and trends in U.S. higher education. Find out more information on blog submissions and guidelines here.


Partner with us on Impact Research 

Humanities for All is also partnering with publicly engaged humanities projects to assess their impact on participating faculty, staff, students, and community partners. We can help develop and conduct surveys, interviews, and/or focus groups to collect data on your project. More information about our impact research is available here. If you are interested in partnering with us, please email our research associate, Younger Oliver, at [email protected].


Humanities for All is an initiative of the National Humanities Alliance Foundation and is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information, please contact Michelle May-Curry at [email protected].