Michigan Humanities (MH) is pleased to announce that Detroit, Michigan has been selected as the host city for the 2021 National Humanities Conference.

“We are delighted with being able to showcase our state and the work of our council,” said Shelly Kasprzycki, President and CEO of Michigan Humanities. MH prepared the proposal, in partnership with members of the Detroit community, including the Marriott, Detroit Visitor and Convention Bureau, The Detroit Institute of Arts and The Henry Ford Museum.

“Detroit and Michigan have incredible stories that they are telling,” says Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. “The National Humanities Conference presents an opportunity to shine a national light on these stories, engage humanists from all over the country with the diverse peoples and communities shaping these cities, and explore subjects unique to each city and surrounding regions.”

According to the proposal, Detroit, a city on the rise and in the process of reinventing itself, is an exciting mix of architecture, history, diversity, industry, and music, and is easily accessible due to its central geographic location.

The National Federation of State Humanities and the National Humanities Alliance selects a host city and representatives from all 56 state humanities councils from around the county, and members of the academic humanities community together to share best practices, encourage collaboration, and inspire conversation on how we can best use the humanities to respond to local, national, and global challenges. The humanities offer a wide range of tools for exploring solutions to contemporary issues as well as provide context for better understanding between diverse groups and viewpoints.

Additional partners and sponsors will be needed to prepare for this conference. Please contact MH if you would like to be a part of this exciting showcase of Detroit to our entire country.  Contact Carol Taggart, Communications/Development Officer at ctaggart@mihumanities.org.

The Federation of State Humanities Councils announcement can be found at: http://www.statehumanities.org/news/nhc-2021-2022-detroit-losangeles-win-bids-host-national-humanities-conference/