Speakers in the Schools

The New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Schools program offers FREE top-notch lectures by a renowned and diverse group of scholars on a wide variety of humanities subjects to high school communities across New York State.

If your application is successful, the Council will cover all costs associated with the program, including the Speaker’s honorarium and travel expenses.

Commemorative Lectures

Explore the Council's list of lectures commemorating the anniversaries of:

How to apply to host a lecture

Select a Lecture/ Speaker
Browse lecture listings to find the right topic for your students, school community and curriculum.
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Contact the Speaker to arrange a date and time
Directly contact the Speaker you have selected to establish a mutually agreed upon date and time for the lecture presentation.
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Apply to the Council
Once you have selected a lecture and confirmed a date and a time with the Speaker, submit the Speakers in the Schools application.
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Plan your event
As soon as you receive notice of Council approval, start planning your event, including pre- and post-lecture activities.
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Submit Follow-Up Evaluation
It is required to submit an online evaluation within three (3) weeks following your event.
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Need more information about Speakers in the Schools?
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Speakers in the Schools is made possible by funding from the New York State Legislature.

The Council is proud to partner with the New York State Historical Association's New York State History Day to support the humanities and education in schools and cultural institutions statewide.

Plan Now for Women's History Month in March

Dying for Beauty: American Women's Quest for Acceptance

Harriet Davis-Kram
In the mid and late nineteenth century, American women often brewed cosmetics in their kitchens, using ingredients from their pantries, gardens and sometimes from their local pharmacists. Results often had serious medical consequences.

Women's Rights: A Struggle of Class, Race and Ethnicity

Harriet Davis-Kram
The struggle for women's equality in the United State was closely allied with the abolitionist movement. It later splintered into groups willing to barter the rights of women of different classes, races, or ethnicities for promises political gain.

Organize a series of Art and Architecture lectures in April

Dutch Influence on the American Kitchen and Life

Peter G. Rose
A discussion of Dutch colonial foodways, which still influence America's kitchen today.

Learning About Islam and Reaching Across Faith Divides: Americans Respond to 9/11

Allison Stokes
What is "jihad"? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, most Americans discovered how little they knew about Islam. This lecture focuses on the many remarkable initiatives in the last decade to increase multi-faith understanding.