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.
Read more >

Select a lecture
Search or browse presentation listings to find the right topic for your audience.
Find a lecture >

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.
Browse Speaker directory >

Apply to the Council for Funds
Once you have completed steps 1 through 3, apply to the Council for funding.
Apply now >

Plan and Promote Your Event
Start publicizing your lecture as soon as you receive notice of Council funding approval.
View Planning Tips >

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.
Host Organization Evaluation >


Speakers in the Humanities lectures are made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Need more information about Speakers in the Humanities?

View answers to Frequently Asked Questions >

Explore lectures in Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy this holiday season

"Women and Children First": Ethical Dilemmas and the Titanic

Timothy J. Madigan
The sinking of the Titanic has been much-discussed ever since it occurred in April of 1912. What moral lessons might be learned from this great tragedy?

New Perspectives on Renaissance Art and the Rise of Humanism

Philip Gould
The rise of Humanism is most readily traceable in European paintings from the 15th to 17th centuries. The place of the artist is central to this critical development.

Browse new We the People lecture topics

Traditional and Historical Songs of New York State

Dave Ruch
Dave Ruch, our own New York State "songcatcher," presents songs and ditties imbued with stories of the people who settled and built the Empire State.

The American Revolution: Iroquois Indian Perspectives

Laurence M. Hauptman
Pulled by both British and Patriot pressures, the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas and Tuscaroras were dramatically affected by the war and its consequences. Drawing from oral and archival sources, this lecture presents the war from diverse Iroquois Indian perspectives.