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Planning Successful Events

The Humanities Center provides support for intellectual events that foster interdisciplinary collaboration, public engagement, and innovation in research and teaching.  Requests for event funding are reviewed by the Center’s elected Steering Committee three times per year.  Faculty interested in organizing such events are encouraged to plan carefully to ensure that their events draw large audiences; have appeal beyond a single department or discipline; engage diverse audiences of faculty, students, and people outside the university; and have connections to curriculum or implications for humanities teaching and scholarship.

Applicants are urged plan events six or more months in advance and to share tentative plans for significant events by writing a brief note to the Director at  The Humanities Center encourages all faculty event planners to check the the Humanities Calendar prior to planning any event or requesting funding. The center does not fund events that are scheduled in competition with previously scheduled humanities events.  If a conflict seems unavoidable, please contact the director.

The Humanities Center has developed a budget worksheet to help faculty applicants understand typical event costs and to be good stewards of limited resources. The worksheet makes it easy to estimate costs for travel, meals, lodging, and event advertising. Honoraria for lectures typically range from $200 - $1,000, with $500 being a typical fee for a lecture and classroom visit. If a speaker’s bureau represents your proposed visitor, fees can be very high; please consider discussing such visitors with the director of the Humanities Center.

Help Us Advertise Your Event

 The Center provides substantial support in promoting events through our website and weekly mailer. We recommend generating print and/or electronic advertising.  We appreciate receiving pictures or media from your event.

Once plans for your event are firm, please place it on our calendar using our simple
Submit an Event form.  Sharing this information has multiple advantages, including enhanced support for your event. Early submission is strongly encouraged. To complete the form please have the following information ready:
We suggest that you verify your event has been posted to our calendar within two business days. Recipients of Humanities Center funding may not schedule an event in conflict with previously scheduled humanities events. Cross-scheduling may result in loss of funding.