Speakers in the Humanities

Launched in 1983, the Speakers in the Humanities program brings the best in humanities scholarship to thousands of people at hundreds of cultural organizations in virtually every corner of New York. Any not-for-profit organization in New York State is eligible to use the program. Speakers events must be open to the public and free of charge. If your application is successful, the Council covers the cost of the Speaker's honorarium and travel expenses.

How to apply to host a lecture

Confirm Your Eligibility
Speakers in the Humanities is available to not-for-profit organizations.
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Select a lecture
Search or browse presentation listings to find the right topic for your audience.
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Contact the Speaker to arrange a date and time
Get in touch with the Speaker you have selected, using his or her listed contact information.
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Apply to the Council for Funds
Once you have completed steps 1 through 3, apply to the Council for funding.
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Plan and Promote Your Event
Start publicizing your lecture as soon as you receive notice of Council funding approval.
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6. Submit Follow-up Evaluation
Within three (3) weeks of your event, it is required to submit the Host Organization Evaluation to report on aspects of your Speakers event.
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Speakers in the Humanities lectures are made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Prepare a May lecture series in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Ethnic Musicals: Assimilation and Integration

Marc Courtade
Some musicals of the 1960's and 1970's feature ethnic groups and weave them into the American Musical format. Do they hold up over time?

Rising from the Trenches: The 1899 Philippine-American War

Luis H. Francia
Understanding the brutal 1899 Philippine-American War enables us to comprehend both the Filipino-American experience and more recent U.S. wars, from Vietnam to Iraq.

Map out a series in June on New York State History

Cooling Mother Earth: New York's Footprint in Nature, Then and Now

Robert Spiegelman
A tour-de-force in words and images, "Cooling Mother Earth" connects the extraordinary twin legacies of New York's Indians and great forgotten Naturalists, to take us back to our roots and better confront our environmental future.

Understanding Past Native American Cultures in the Hudson Valley Through Archaeology

Eugene J. Boesch
The presentation will focus on Native Americans in the Hudson Valley, from its earliest occupation by humans, at least 12,000 years ago, to the period of initial European Contact.