Humanitini Curator Grant

Humanitini Curator Guide

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Program: Humanitini

Brief Description

Panel-driven, moderated conversation that takes place in bars and restaurants. Contemporary topics are discussed from unique, innovative, humanities-focused perspectives.


Core Elements

Program Goals

Topic Criteria

Panelist Recruitment

Estimated List of Production Tasks

Completed One or Two Months Before the Program

  1. Confirm a date and location for the event.
  2. Confirm all panelists and moderator.
  3. Generate a one-to-two-paragraph public statement describing the program and what audience members can expect.
  4. Generate a question list for the moderator.
  5. Execute promotion and audience building strategy.

At Least Two Weeks Before the Program

  1. 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.
  2. Visit venue in advance of program.
  3. Recruit volunteers and assign roles if necessary.
  4. 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.
  5. Prepare all necessary equipment and handouts.

Day of Program

  1. Check package required décor, handouts, printed programs, branded materials, and equipment.
  2. Arrive with materials and volunteers 1 hour before advertised start time.
  3. Arrange furniture and test AV setup.
  4. Decorate the space.
  5. Greet panelists as they arrive and remind them of the run-of-show
  6. Distribute handouts and programs to audience.
  7. Moderator begins the program.
  8. Estimate total audience members.
  9. Hand out survey forms.
  10. Collect survey forms.
  11. Pack up materials.


  1. 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.
  2. Moderator introduces panel by name and affiliation.
  3. 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.
  4. Moderator alternates between questioning the panel, taking questions from the audience, and asking the audience questions.
  5. Panelists each add 2-3 minute final thought.
  6. Moderator closes program by encouraging the audience to continue to engage with HumantiesDC and announcing the next Humantini when possible.
  7. Panelists may opt to circulate among the audience to continue conversations.

After Program

  1. Return survey forms, curator/fellow evaluation, and materials to HDC.
  2. Fellows submit a final financial report accounting for the non-stipend portion of their fellowship award.

Visual Identity at Event