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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