Education Programs: Humanities in Class

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

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Humanities in Class Digital Library

The Humanities in Class Digital Library is an Open Education Resources (OER) platform that provides direct access to all of our online education content. This working repository contains the highest quality humanities education content in a free, open source sandbox that encourages active engagement and community. We are proud to partner with a wide variety of world renowned content providers to expand and amplify this digital library. Resources are tagged by subject matter, topics and material type, making it easy to discover and combine content you need from institutions you trust.

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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 throughout the course and beyond.

Workshops & Institutes

American soldiers in Vietnam

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

July 18–29, 2022 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.

Understanding the Long View of the African Diaspora

July 5–9, 2022 at the National Humanities Center

In partnership with the Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice at Prairie View A&M University, this program will provide an immersive, hands-on learning experience to better understand the approaches and the historical perspective required to create and teach African American studies. Participants will create classroom-ready instructional resources and publish them as Open Education Resources (OER) in the Humanities in Class Digital Library.

Mapping the West Virginian Experience

Coming in 2022 at West Virginia University

With the generous support of the National Geographic Society, this workshop will support a cohort of educators and scholars as they collect and visualize the stories of West Virginia using mapping technology. Working in district-based teams, participants will be trained in the use of GIS tools to collect and display data—then publish instructional resources on how to use these maps.

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Teacher Advisory Council

The Teacher Advisory Council 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 educational materials and projects.

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