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.

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

Aristotle's Email: Friendship in the Cyber Age

Timothy J. Madigan
Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and other such programs allow us to be "friends" with hundreds, if not thousands of people. But just what makes a person a friend?

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

"Washington Crossing the Delaware": The Story Behind the Painting

Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan
This lecture provides an in-depth analysis of events culminating in Washington's pivotal victory at Trenton early in the morning of December 26, 1776, linked to Leutze's iconic painting.

The Amazing Nineteenth Century: A Century of Innovation

J. Ward Regan
This talk focuses on the development of specific innovations in the nineteenth century and examines how they formed the core of the industrial transformation of American society. The different subjects covered link the material transformation of the world with new ideas about society and government.