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.

Organize a series of Art and Architecture lectures in April

How Cartoonists Responded to 9/11

Kent Worcester
This illustrated talk explores the diverse ways in which editorial cartoonists, comic book writers and artists, and graphic novelists responded to the shocking attacks of 9/11.

The Legacy of New Deal Art on Long Island

Natalie Naylor
Many WPA artists painted "historic fictions" of scenes for public buildings in the 1930s. Their murals' blend of facts and fabrications illuminate our local history.

Prepare a May lecture series in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Longing and Belonging: The Idea of Home in Asian American Literature

Luis H. Francia
Asian-American writers often explore the tension of being both an American and an outsider. Learn more about how contemporary authors including Maxine Hong Kingston, Chang Rae Lee, and Jumpa Lahiri re-imagine notions of home, tradition, sexuality, history, and memory in their stories and novels, to forge a unique place for Asian-Americans in American culture.

The Dalai Lama and Tibet: Myths and Realities

A. Tom Grunfeld
Many Americans think of Tibet as a mythical Shangri-La. This lecture will explore the myths and realities of this land and its people.