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.
Find a Lecture/Speaker >

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.
Browse Speaker directory >

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.
Apply >

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.
Program Evaluation >

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.

Celebrate African American History Month in February

"They All Sang on the Corner": The Roots of 'Doo-Wop' Rock 'n Roll

Robert L. Cohen
Explore the roots of street-corner group harmony singing ("doo-wop"), and hear how this music - from all five New York City boroughs - conveyed the poetry of inner-city life.

The Ethnic Musicals: Assimilation and Integration

Marc Courtade
Some musicals of the 1960's and 1970's feature ethnic groups and weave them into the American Musical format. Do they hold up over time?

Plan Now for Women's History Month in March

A Peek at the Underside of American Victorian History: Murder Most Foul!

Harriet Davis-Kram
Mary Rogers, Madame Restelle, Gallus Mag. Mother Mandelbaum, the Dead Rabbits, the Plug Uglies, foul-smelling tenements, dangerous epidemics, uncontrolled traffic - all were part of, or outsiders to, the Gaslight era of Victorian New York.

Rebels in Red Kerchiefs: East European Jewish Women and the Founding of the Jewish Bund

Harriet Davis-Kram
A significant number of Jewish women were involved in Russian struggles for democracy during the end of the 19th century. Their active roles led to the emergence of Zionism as well as the Social Democratic Bund.