National Humanities Conference


Humanities Guåhan and the 55 other state/territorial humanities councils throughout the U.S. belong to a national member association, the Federation of State Humanities Councils (FSHC), that provides leadership, advocacy and information to best advance civic and cultural programs across our diverse communities. Every year, FSHC hosts a national humanities conference, and in 2019 the conference will be held in Honolulu from November 7-10 with the theme of Roots (indigenous knowledge and traditions, cultural identity and practices) and Routes (navigation and seafaring, new movement, including migration). Our organization, along with the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities, American Samoa Humanities Council and the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, will serve as conference co-hosts.

This is the first time in the Federation’s history that the national conference will be held outside of the continental US, and we are very excited to share the rich and diverse histories and cultures of the Pacific Islands region with conference participants and the local Hawai’i community. To this end, Humanities Guåhan has organized two offsite conference sessions, the first, Returning to Our Roots: Cultivating Place and Community through the Power of Food, is in partnership with Kokua Kalihi Valley Family Services, Returning to Our Roots program, which will take place at their community garden in the Hoʻoulu ʻĀina Nature Preserve. The second is, Speaking to Water and Creating Community through the Visual Humanities, which will be held at the St. Elizabeth Church in Kalihi on Saturday, November 9 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.