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Goodwin University Holds 2024 Humanities Festival; Accepting Proposals until February 9

Amidst conflict overseas and unrest at home, we’ve witnessed the consequences of humanity’s inaction. In moments of adversity and despair, we yearn for the chance to rediscover ourselves and each other in a diverse and ever-changing world. As we grow and learn, we find that such a renewal is not a mere aspiration. It is a reality, one shaped by the profound influence of education and the arts. The humanities in action offer us the incredible opportunity to view the world anew, bridging cultures, fostering understanding, and inspiring constructive debate on the most challenging issues of our time. Preserving the arts means safeguarding the vital dialogues they inspire, for the benefit of all. Now is the time to put the humanities in action, renewing ourselves and our collective hope for the future by celebrating the profound impact of the arts on our lives and society.

On March 19th, join Goodwin University for a day-long conference inspired by the National Humanities Center’s project highlighting important issues of humanities education and offering fresh perspectives on important topics of public debate.

  • How do you revitalize yourself through the arts?
  • How do art and the humanities facilitate discussions on complex issues?
  • How does art in education lead us toward a brighter future?

Those artists, scholars, educators, community leaders, caregivers, and innovators who put the humanities in action in their daily lives have a vital role to play at our conference.


We welcome proposals from faculty, students, alumni, and members of the Goodwin and Greater Hartford Community who are interested in joining the conference program, as speakers, performers, or workshop facilitators.

We are particularly interested in proposals that utilize the humanities to call for social action and the strategies that people use to facilitate that action. Music, dance, poetry, sculpture, architecture, painting, and storytelling are all powerful means of bringing people together to share their points of view. But “the humanities” can also be broadly interpreted to refer to public speaking, advertising, online communication, event planning, and even simply the “art” of bringing people together.

Planned presentations will be either 25 or 50 minutes long. Performance presentations may vary in length and differ from a typical conference presentation.

If you are interested in appearing as a speaker or workshop facilitator please submit a brief proposal in one of the following formats:

  • a 150-word proposal
  • a 2-minute video clip
  • 3 to 5-slide PowerPoint presentation.

If you are interested in performing, please submit a video or audio demo (at least 30 seconds long) of your chosen performance. Performance presentations are welcomed and encouraged.

All submissions should include a title for your presentation, a summary of what you plan to do or talk about during your presentation or performance, and your contact information.

Send submissions to Ellen Swider by Friday, February 9th. If you have questions about the conference or the proposal process, please contact Ellen Swider directly.