As part of this IHC Conference, a wide variety of academics will speak on panels that examine various aspects of community, including: Education as Community Building, Social Memory and Community Building, Citizenship and Belonging, and Imagining and Narrating Communities. The official pitch reads: “What is the significance and power of community in the 21st century? How has community been conceptualized and created by different cultures throughout history? How are relationships between specific communities and the broader social milieu constructed and maintained? In today’s global society, what provides the impetus for a life of civic engagement, built upon democratic values, goals, and aspirations? Is the “network” the latest form of community, now disconnected from the preconditions of shared physical or social space? These and other questions will be explored in the 2017 convening of the Western Humanities Alliance.” This is a two day event and is open to the public.