The Conversations Bureau promotes thoughtful, engaged community dialogue, using a short text and a scholar-facilitator as a guide. Conversations are 90-minute discussions on a range of humanities topics related to American identity.
To host a Conversation, select a topic by browsing the descriptions and short text, contact the scholar-facilitator to set up a date and time, then apply for funding through the Council. Any not-for-profit organization or high school in New York State is eligible to use the program. If your application is successful, the Council covers the cost of the scholar-facilitator's honorarium and travel expenses.
For detailed information about the Conversations Bureau, please consult our list of Common Questions.
How to apply to host a Conversation
Confirm your eligibility
Conversations are available to tax-exempt organizations and high schools in New York State.
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Select a Conversation
Browse our list of Conversations to find the right topic for your community.
Find a Conversation >
Contact the scholar-faciltator to arrange a date and time
Once you have chosen a Conversation, contact the scholar-facilitator to discuss the text and topic in further detail, and to set a date and a time.
Scholar-facilitator directory >
Apply to the Council for funds
Once you have completed steps 1 through 3, apply to the Council for funding.
How to Apply >
Plan, promote, and host your Conversation
Start planning for and publicizing your Conversation as soon as you receive notice of Council funding approval. Know your responsibilities as a program coordinator.
View tips and materials >
Submit Follow-Up Evaluation
Within three (3) weeks of the event, submit the online evaluation to evaluate the success of the Conversation, and send in the participant evaluations.
Program Coordinator Evaluation >
The Conversations Bureau is funded by the We the People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Are you a Conversations Bureau scholar-facilitator? Explore the Scholar-facilitator Admin page for resources, evaluations, and other helpful documents.