Programs
Programs

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.

Browse new We the People lecture topics

Ciudad y Suburbia: The Changing Nature of Latino Immigration

Sherrie Baver
Latin American and Caribbean immigration to New York has dramatically changed the essence of New York and the nation. Are we becoming a bilingual/bicultural country?

America the Beautiful: Women and the Flag

Trudie Grace
This slide-illustrated lecture focuses on women with the American flag or wearing flag-inspired outfits in posters, on sheet music covers, on postcards, etc., from 1860 through 1945.

Celebrate African American History Month in February

New York's Civil and Uncivil War: From the Slave Trade and Monuments to the "Gangs of New York"

Robert Spiegelman
We explore New Yorkers' vast contribution in soldiers and suffering, sharply-divided loyalties, and vivid heroes and villains. Fresh light reveals a statewide web of monuments, historic signage and street names, possessed of unique origins and impact, and slavery's lingering ghosts.

Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History

Milton C. Sernett
Harriet Tubman is the most widely recognized icon of the Underground Railroad. This illustrated lecture introduces audiences to the surprising findings of the latest research on her life and the history of how this poor, illiterate woman became a "larger than life" symbol that has inspired many Americans.