Humanities Tennessee Suspends Events Through April

Dear Friends,

Humanities Tennessee is committed to public health and safety, and we recognize that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and large-scale response across Tennessee and our country raises concerns for many.

Out of an abundance of caution, we will suspend programs and events that we organize through April 30.

Working with our Salon@615 partners, Parnassus Books, Nashville Public Library and NPL Foundation, and BookPage, we hope to reschedule author talks with Louise Erdrich, James McBride, and Jon Meacham. For all other Salon@615 events, we will alert ticket holders to event changes. Updated information will be available at Salon@615 and ParnassusBooks.

We have encouraged grant recipients and program partners to make their own scheduling decisions. Please contact the local host organization for the most up-to-date information on the status of those programs.

We are pleased to continue our virtual literary program,, accessible to all Tennesseans with fresh content posted every weekday. We will share announcements about other online opportunities as they become available.

Our staff has been working remotely since the tornadoes last week in Nashville as crews work hard to restore power and clear debris. We will monitor health recommendations in the coming days for best work practices. In the meantime, please reach out to staff as needed via individual emails or at

Know that we are committed to working with our partners to reschedule events whenever possible.

We encourage you to stay informed about recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization as you make decisions about your own programs and events. For more information about the virus, you can also visit the Tennessee State Department of Health’s website.

Warm Regards,

Tim Henderson
Executive Director

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