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.

Map out a series in June on New York State History

History of Music in Buffalo

Raya Lee
From the first music store to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the city's musical heritage at its best is highlighted.

Where Comedy Went to School

Joseph Dorinson
Catskill comedy spelled relief, recovery, and reform. Comedians formed a line of defense against a hostile world, while providing merriment for the masses seeking relief from the melting pot.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with an American History Topic

1812: Uncle Sam's First War

Tom Shanahan
It was a war in which few people died, and little or nothing changed – or did it? Events and legacies of the War of 1812.

"One Is Not Fond of Overripe Pears": Conduct Literature and the Call for "True Womanhood"

Denise D. Knight
Through an examination of various depictions of women, Knight will discuss the cultural imperatives for women to attain beauty, practice deference, and exercise self-control.