Humanities Festival

Every year, SC Humanities sponsors the Humanities Festival in a community in South Carolina. Started in 1993 in honor of the Council’s 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in nineteen different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships between cultural organizations and community groups. Will your city be next?

Save the Date: 2019 SC Humanities Festival in York County, March 28- 30


More details about the 2019 Festival will be added soon. 


Thank you, Aiken!

The rich cultural history of Aiken was the focus of the 2018 South Carolina Humanities Festival.  From April 12 to 14, a host of activities—lectures on local history, readings by poets and fiction writers, walking and trolley tours, film screenings, art exhibitions, and special open house events at key sites around town—were the order of the day. More than 1,000 people participated in the many fun and educational events offered. Sponsored by SC Humanities, USC Aiken, and the City of Aiken, the 2018 SC Humanities Festival was a huge success!

A Thank You From Randy Akers

Published as a letter to the editor in The Aiken Standard on April 21, 2018.

Thank you, Aiken.

On behalf of South Carolina Humanities, I would like to thank the citizens of Aiken, Mayor Rick Osbon, City Council, Chancellor Sandra Jordan, and USC Aiken for hosting and sponsoring the 24th annual South Carolina Humanities Festival.

Dr. Tom Mack, festival planning committee chairman, and his committee colleagues did a fabulous job in organizing and planning three days of programs that helped all of us understand the rich history of Aiken and its importance within the state. Lectures, exhibits, tours, and workshops held in numerous cultural facilities not only entertained and informed but also fostered an appreciation of the community and its assets.

Cultural programming adds quality and value to our communities and we salute Aiken for supporting its university and schools, library, museums, churches, African American Center for History, Art, and Culture, and other cultural organizations which contribute to the quality of life in the community.

Randy L. Akers
Executive Director, SC Humanities

Previous Humanities Festival hosts

2018 – Aiken
2017 – Gaffney
2016 – Beaufort
2015 – Camden
2014 – Walterboro
2013 – Summerville
2011 – Sumter
2010 – Chester
2009 – Bennettsville
2008 – Lake City
2007 – Newberry
2006 – Georgetown
2005 – Greenville
2004 – Winnsboro
2003 – Spartanburg
2002 – Pendleton
2001 – Florence
2000 – Beaufort
1999 – Aiken
1997 – Greenwood
1996 – Hartsville
1995 – Beaufort
1994 – Beaufort
1993 – Beaufort

Previous Humanities Festivals

2011 SC Humanities Festival – Sumter – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | pdf file

2013 SC Humanities Festival – Summerville – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Word document

2014 SC Humanities Festival – Walterboro – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2015 SC Humanities Festival – Camden – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2016 SC Humanities Festival – Beaufort – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2017 SC Humanities Festival – Gaffney – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2018 SC Humanities Festival – Aiken – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

For more information about the South Carolina Humanities Festival, please contact us.