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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Celebrate the Fourth of July with an American History Topic

Swept by Ocean Breezes: A History of Coney Island

John B. Manbeck
This slide lecture surveys the role of early Coney Island in creating a world-renowned amusement center with three major parks, hundreds of ancillary rides, a beach and a boardwalk. Coney Island augmented Brooklyn's growth with its many transit routes that drew millions to New York City's most populous borough.

Let Loose the Dogs of War: New York in the American Civil War

Robert W. Arnold III
New York supplied more men, money and material in the Civil War than any other state. New Yorkers went to war in many ways.

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Kings of Capital and Knights of Labor: A History of Work and Industry in New York

J. Ward Regan
The union movement arose as a response to changing work conditions, brought on by industrialization from the 1830s to the 20th century. No American city was as central to the creation of this new social order than New York.

Alluring Androids and Robots in Film, Photography and Art

Julie Wosk
The Stepford Wives, Lara Croft, and the advent of ultra-realistic female robots are among the many images that reveal our fascination with artificial women who seem alive.