Humanities Center Leadership Boot Camp | National Humanities Center


Humanities Center Leadership Boot Camp

November 1–3, 2024 at the National Humanities Center


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The National Humanities Center will host new humanities center leaders from our institutional sponsors for a three-day workshop that addresses the specific administrative, fundraising, and operational demands with which they contend. Sessions will focus on interactive learning and networking and will feature leaders from humanities centers across the country.

Program Overview

This three-day, in-person boot camp will model best practices for running a humanities center. Participants will explore grant writing skills and donor management, make strategic plans, and discuss innovative ideas in the role of the humanities center on university campuses. Participants will have opportunities to work with each other through interactive sessions and projects.

Program Goals

  • Increase networking and collaboration between humanities centers across the country
  • Develop strategic planning frameworks appropriate for individual institutions and humanities centers
  • Plan public engagement events that reflect the strengths and expertise of the faculty and staff at the humanities center
  • Develop strategies for maintaining and expanding donor networks, in addition to strategically applying for federal and foundational support
  • Share best practices and documentation for managing operational, budgetary, and staffing concerns

Speakers and Session Topics

  • Nicholas Allen (Director, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia): Mapping out the Future of Humanities Centers
  • Ulka Anjaria (Director, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Brandeis University): Strategic Planning for Humanities Centers
  • Carin Berkowitz (Executive Director, New Jersey Council for the Humanities): Public Engagement for a Humanities Center
  • Danielle Blackwell (Associate Vice Chancellor Institutional Advancement, North Carolina Central University): Fundraising and Grant Seeking
  • Barbara Mennel (Former Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida): Humanities Center Operations
  • Robert D. Newman (President and Director, National Humanities Center): Managing Personal Research Projects while Managing a Humanities Center
  • Vincent Price (President, Duke University): The Value of the Humanities to a Research University

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If you and/or your Center have a social media presence, please share on your social channels about the event and the topics you want to explore. Use the event hashtag #HumanitiesCenterBootcamp in your posts. You can also share, like, and retweet posts from the NHC’s social media accounts. Be sure to mention/tag the NHC in any original posts you share, and mention/tag presenters and speakers.

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