Check-in and more

Check-in to the VHC at Virginia Military Institute is in the main level of the Marshall Center for Leadership and Ethics located behind Smith Hall.  Please consult the post map under Visitor Information at


Virginia Humanities Conference Information


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Proposal deadline extended to April 1

We are still accepting proposals for individual papers and panels–the deadline has been extended to April 1. Submit your proposal online!

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2016 VHC Call for Papers: The Humanities in the Age of Cyberspace

The Virginia Humanities Conference invites proposals for papers, panel sessions, and performances that investigate any aspect of the humanities. However, we are particularly interested in papers that examine the role of the humanities in the digital era. The theme reflects our interest in the examination of the challenges faced by the humanities in the digital age where their relevance is oftentimes questioned. It also reflects our desire to highlight the enduring value of the humanities in the digital age in an atmosphere where there exists great opportunity for collaboration between the humanities and the digital world for the greater collective good. We believe that this year’s conference will also contribute to re-envisioning our work in the humanities.

Possible topics for consideration:

  • What are the challenges faced by the humanities in the digital world?
  • How can the humanities serve in the digital world for the general benefit of people?
  • What are avenues for the use of the digital world to strengthen the perceived relevance of the humanities?
  • What are potentially effective pedagogical methods for the incorporation of the digital world into the classroom?

Please submit a 250-word proposal to Dr. Eric W. Osborne by email to You may also submit a proposal online, using this form.

Proposals for panel sessions should identify all participants and include both an overview and a brief abstract of each presentation.

Deadline for receipt of all proposals: March 1, 2016


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Final Schedule Now Available

Enclosed please find the VHC Program for our 2016 Virginia Humanities Conference at Virginia Military Institute.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Draft Schedule

The draft conference schedule is now available–you can download it directly from Google Drive here, or read through it below. We will have the FINALIZED schedule available here within the week, so please be sure you register in a timely fashion and let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

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Conference Hotel and Campus Address

The Hilton Arlington Gateway has given the VHC an extraordinary conference rate, so we encourage you to make use of the code which will be available shortly!

Hilton Arlington
Group code: VHC
TEL: +1-703.812.5113  FAX: +1-703-812-5127

Marymount’s Main Campus is located at:

2807 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

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Draft schedule for #VHC15

We hope to send out a complete draft schedule by the weekend. In the meantime, we hope this outline will help:

Friday, April 10

12:00: Check-in begins
1:00 – 2:15: Concurrent Panels 01-04
2:30-3:45: Concurrent Panels 05-08
4:00-5:30: Keynote/Bisson Lecture
6:00: Welcome Reception

Saturday, April 11

9:00: Check-in begins
9:30-10:45: Concurrent Panels 09-13
11:00-12:15: Concurrent Panels 14-18
1:30-2:45: Concurrent Panels 19-23
3:00-4:15: Concurrent Panels 24-28
4:30-5:45: Concurrent Panels 29-33
6:00-7:15: Presenter Banquet
7:30-8:15: Concurrent Panels 33-36

Sunday, April 12

10:30-12:30: Museum Outing (American History Museum)


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VHC 2015 Registration Now Open

The VHC has a very strong lineup of exciting speakers and panels this year, and we’re eager to welcome all of our presenters to campus in April! Registration is now open–be sure to let us know if you have any special requests or needs, and don’t forget to check off the additional events you plan to attend so we have a good sense of numbers. Late registration will begin March 16th. You can register by mail, but we will also be able to accept credit cards very soon and now you can register via PayPal, too!


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Deadline for submissions is today

Today is the last day for submitting individual presentation proposals to the 2015 VHC, on the broad theme “Humanities and/in the Public Sphere.” You can send in your 250-word abstract easily–just go to our submission form, here! We’re looking forward to a vibrant, dynamic couple of days in early April, and we hope you can join us.


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An Update from #VHC15

So far, we have some truly outstanding panels already organized, including presenters from the Library of Congress, George Mason’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Busboys and Poets, the Art in Transit project, James Madison University, the University of Mary Washington, Christopher Newport University, and our own Marymount–and more proposals are coming in every day! So far, we also have a rich range of disciplines and projects represented–and this is in addition to the keynote address and Bisson Lecturer, Steven Lubar, from Brown University. Here are some of the panel titles, just to whet your appetite:

  • Humanities Data on the Web: The IMLS Museum Universe Data File, Wikipedia, and the US Museums Explorer
  • American Memory at Twenty: Assessing an Online Public Humanities Legacy
  • Poetry in the Public Sphere: #Poetry Off the Page
  • Teaching Justice Through Storytelling: Uniting the Humanities and the Social Sciences in the Classroom
  • Literature, Race, and the Politics of Identity
  • Challenging Public (Mis)perceptions: Diverse Lessons from Humanities Students
  • Immigrant Alexandria, New Media, and the Public

We are still accepting proposals for individual presentations (deadline: January 30), and we hope you will join us and encourage your students to do the same.


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