Education Programs: Humanities in Class

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NHC Education Programs builds bridges between the academic world and the working classroom, addressing both classic and contemporary aspects of the humanities.

With a focus on the integration of scholarship and content, inquiry-based pedagogy, and emerging technologies, NHC Education encourages the growth of education professionals in ways that directly impact the classroom. This project-based approach supports the development of classroom-ready instructional materials, research opportunities, and learning experiences.

Through partnerships and in collaboration with professional organizations, educational institutions, and scholarly experts, NHC Education leverages the Center’s resources to strengthen the role of the humanities within the cultural landscape. We invite educators at all levels to join this conversation about how the humanities offer unique and powerful ways to view our complex world.

Webinars & Courses


Live, interactive webinars connect educators with scholars and experts in humanities fields to discuss compelling topics. Webinars are free of charge but require registration.

Online Courses

The NHC’s online courses build on the Center’s highly regarded suite of professional development resources for teachers which includes webinars, digital lessons, essays, and primary source archives. The online course format provides educators the opportunity to more deeply engage with scholarly content and to use what they’ve learned to develop assignments suited to the needs of their particular students. In addition, the digital platform allows teachers from around the country to consult with one another in dedicated online forums and share their experiences through throughout the course and beyond.

Workshop & Institutes

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Contested Territory: America’s Involvement in Southeast Asia, 1945–75

July 20–31, 2020 at the National Humanities Center

This NEH Summer Institute will explore modern Vietnam in order to situate the American War in broader spatial settings and longer historical contexts. Inspired by cutting-edge scholarship, the institute will offer fresh insight into a country all too often viewed from the perspective of American interests and experiences. Led by scholars with a wide range of disciplinary expertise, the institute will build an inter-disciplinary understanding of a place rich in history.

Troops to Teachers: Helping Classrooms and Communities Understand the Military Experience

June 17–21, 2019 at the National Humanities Center

With the generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, this five-day institute welcomed 15 educators who are also veterans in a project-based initiative to help classrooms and communities better understand the military family experience. Noted literary scholars like Patrick Deer of New York University and co-director Hilary Lithgow of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill worked with participants to better understand and access key themes such as duty, sacrifice, and homecoming using literature, poetry, and popular media culture. The cohort then designed projects to support their home communities and schools in the same process. Participants will present their work on January 19, 2020 to showcase the impact of their projects.

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Teaching/Education Resources

Humanities in Class Digital Library

To be launched in 2020, the Humanities in Class Digital Library will be an Open Education Resources (OER) platform that will provide direct access to all of our online education content. This working repository will contain the highest quality humanities education content in a free, open source sandbox that encourages active engagement and community. In addition to the NHC materials that will form the foundation of this library, we have formed partnerships with the best content providers in all humanities disciplines to make some or all of their educational materials available through this platform.

Teacher Advisory Council

The 2019–20 Teacher Advisory Council is a 20-member board that supports NHC Education Programs for a one-year term of service. Chosen to represent multiple disciplines in the humanities, these teacher leaders play an active role in the development, evaluation, and promotion of NHC materials and projects.

Meet the Current Members