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
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
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.
HumanitiesDC is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, HumanitiesDC
will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If accommodation is needed, please
notify us at least one week prior to the event of your need.