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What We Do

Our programs engage the public actively in the humanities and make the humanities an integral part of community life in Tennessee.  We do this through a variety of public programs and partnerships across the state. Explore what we have to offer!

A few examples of the diverse programming Humanities Tennessee has to offer...

Southern Festival of Books


Chapter 16


The Partnership for Public Humanities

Full list of programs...

(Center for the Book)*



is a three-day Celebration of the Written Wordsm held each year in downtown Nashville. The Festival is one of the nation's premiere literary events.
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964
is a bilingual, traveling panel exhibit exploring the roots of Mexican migrant labor to the US, and will be touring across the state.
The Partnership for Public Humanities
formerly the Community History Development Fund,  provides support to nonprofits to plan and implement public humanities projects.
Authors in the Round
is an annual fundraising dinner held the Friday evening of the Southern Festival of Books. Diners are paired with national, regional, and local festival authors for a vibrant evening of cocktails, fine fare, and socializing.
The Conversations Bureau
is a small-group program that allows community members to come together and discuss difficult topics such as race, equality, poverty, citizenship, religion, and more.
Outstanding Educator Awards
are available each year for up to six full-time 3rd–12th grade Tennessee educators who receive cash for professional development and school humanities projects or materials for their schools.
Young Writers' Workshops
are residential programs for 8th-12th grade aspiring writers and takes place on a college campus, each during one full week in the Summer.
The Media Lending Library
consists of documentaries addressing a broad range of topics on Southern history and culture available to TN nonprofits and schools for free public or classroom screenings.
Scholarships for the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference
are available to volunteers of small or emerging organizations without paid professional staff.
Chapter 16
is an online literary publication of Humanities Tennessee and the State's virtual Center for the Book. The site hosts daily content including book reviews, statewide literary events calendars, and author Q&As.
Standing Together in Tennessee
uses the humanities to foster TN veterans' communication of their experiences of war and homecoming as well as civilians' deeper understanding of those experiences.
provides funding support for ambitious public humanities projects throughout the state. Awarded each spring and small project grants awarded each summer.
is a writing contest for students in grades 4–12 to think critically and read and write reflectively.
The Young Historians Series
is an event showcasing the award-winning student projects from Tennessee History Day.
provide continuing support to ongoing efforts in humanities education across the state.
bring writers together with young readers to offer great literature, critical thinking, and discussion opportunities.
The Way We Worked
is a Smithsonian exhibition touring the state in 2015. The tour will include local public programs.
is an author readings series made possible in partnership with the Nashville Public Library and Parnassus Books.
is a community-wide reading program that encourages everyone to read a specific book.
  * Humanities Tennessee is the state's official Center for the Book, as designated by the Library of Congress.