Humanitini Curator Guide
Panel-driven, moderated conversation that takes place in bars and restaurants. Contemporary topics are discussed from unique, innovative, humanities-focused perspectives.
- Exciting, fresh, and pointed topic
- 2-to-3-person panel curated around the topic
- Skilled moderator
- Brief panelist introductions
- Audience inclusive conversation
- Takes place during happy hour in bars or restaurants with bars
- Introduce thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating conversation to the city’s after-work, happy hour scene.
- Bring innovative ideas and concepts to Washington, DC audiences. Give bar-goers something to think and converse with one another about that they may never have considered before.
- Increase the visibility of the HumanitiesDC brand.
- Bring new people, especially younger Washingtonians, into contact with HumanitiesDC.
- Cultivate relationships with scholars, experts, business owners, and others who may be able to contribute to the work of HumanitiesDC.
- Contemporary and relatable; will allow immediate audience engagement
- Innovative or able to be viewed from a fresh perspective
- Grounded in one or more published or publicly available works
- Can be summed up in a one-or-two-sentence thesis statement or research question.
- Will attract an audience
- Appropriate in tone for happy hour in a bar
- Suggests clear and appropriate panel prospects
- Every panelist should be able to speak to the topic as it has been described to the public. The topic should define which panelists are approached; the selection of panelists should not define a topic.
- Each panelists should have a unique perspective on the topic.
- Additional recruitment criteria:
- Author or creator of one of the published or publicly available works upon which the top is based
- Ability to draw and audience
- Name recognitions
- Synergy with another HumanitiesDC program or grant
- Excellent speaking and presentation skills
Estimated List of Production Tasks
Completed One or Two Months Before the Program
- Confirm a date and location for the event.
- Confirm all panelists and moderator.
- Generate a one-to-two-paragraph public statement describing the program and what audience members can expect.
- Generate a question list for the moderator.
- Execute promotion and audience building strategy.
At Least Two Weeks Before the Program
- Organize a conference call with panelists and moderators. Use Doodle to ensure participation. Explain to panelists what the audience should get out of the conversation. Go over question list.
- Visit venue in advance of program.
- Recruit volunteers and assign roles if necessary.
- Create a PDF of a printed program that clearly identifies the program as a “Humanitini” and it is “a program of HumanitiesDC.” Send to HumanitiesDC for approval and printing.
- Prepare all necessary equipment and handouts.
Day of Program
- Check package required décor, handouts, printed programs, branded materials, and equipment.
- Arrive with materials and volunteers 1 hour before advertised start time.
- Arrange furniture and test AV setup.
- Decorate the space.
- Greet panelists as they arrive and remind them of the run-of-show
- Distribute handouts and programs to audience.
- Moderator begins the program.
- Estimate total audience members.
- Hand out survey forms.
- Collect survey forms.
- Pack up materials.
- Moderator welcomes audience on behalf of HumanitiesDC, describes what makes a Humanitini unique, and encourages the audience to be prepared to ask questions during that part of the program.
- Moderator introduces panel by name and affiliation.
- Panelists describe their background and how it is connected to the topic; each gets 5 minutes, and they should be fully aware of this well before the program.
- Moderator alternates between questioning the panel, taking questions from the audience, and asking the audience questions.
- Panelists each add 2-3 minute final thought.
- Moderator closes program by encouraging the audience to continue to engage with HumantiesDC and announcing the next Humantini when possible.
- Panelists may opt to circulate among the audience to continue conversations.
- Return survey forms, curator/fellow evaluation, and materials to HDC.
- Fellows submit a final financial report accounting for the non-stipend portion of their fellowship award.
Visual Identity at Event
- Tablecloth with HDC and Humanitini logo
- Branded banner or foamcore board behind the panelists
- Reusable table-tents at each table
- Logo and topic displayed on any available TV screens
- Signage at restaurant entrance