Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud

One of the Council’s longstanding program priorities is the Speakers Bureau. Through this program, some of South Carolina’s finest scholars travel throughout the state to share their interests and knowledge of the humanities and to spark discussions about human values, traditions and cultures.

SC Humanities makes these programs available to non-profit groups and public agencies at a reasonable cost. The Council provides $250 towards speaker honorariums, which covers full speaker payment for the majority of programs; any other costs are negotiated between speaker and sponsor. All programs must be free and open to a general public. Each sponsoring organization is limited to two programs per year. While SC Humanities pays $250 towards each speaker’s honorarium, the sponsoring organization must match this cost with in-kind contributions and any cash expenses the organization may incur, including travel expenses. The sponsoring organization is also responsible for making all arrangements, publicizing the event and providing final evaluations of the program.

Feel free to peruse our list of scholars and their topics, download the application, and then let us know what your plans are. We will provide contact information for the scholars you choose, and you can start making plans for a Speakers Bureau program right away. If you have any questions, please check out our FAQs.

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Civil War Programs

Civil War ProgramsThe Sesquicentennial of the Civil War will take place from 2011 – 2016.  As part of the national effort of reflection and understanding, SC Humanities offers several public program opportunities about the Civil War for museums, libraries, and other nonprofit organizations.

General Stephen D. Lee Remembers, Philip Cheney
Songs of the War Between the States, Philip Cheney
Private J. Miles Lee from Spartanburg, Philip Cheney
Upcountry Letters: 124 Civil War Era Letters (1853-1865), Thomas Moore Craig, Jr.
Service, Honor, Heritage, Pride? The Ethics of Native American Indians that Participated in the Civil War, Will Goins
Knocking on the Gates of Hell; the South Ponders Civil War, Jim Jordan
Savannah Survives Sherman’s March to the Sea, Jim Jordan
Robert E. Lee Prepares South Carolina and Georgia for Civil War, Jim Jordan
The Amazing Saga of the Slave Ship Wanderer, Jim Jordan
Northern Journalists Report the Secession Crisis Undercover in Charleston, SC, Jim Jordan
African Americans in the Civil War, Joseph McGill, Jr.
54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Joseph McGill, Jr.
Sherman’s Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas, Patricia McNeely
Sherman’s Psychological War on Civilians and the Burning of Columbia, Patricia McNeely
The End of Sherman’s Campaign through the Carolinas and the Lost Confederate Gold, Patricia McNeely
An Afternoon with Abraham Lincoln, Gerald Pitts
The Classroom Civil War Museum, Gerald Pitts
Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the African American Quest for Freedom, Ron Roth
Desperate Hours: Understanding the Legacy of the Battle of Gettysburg through the Sculpture of its Battlefield Monuments, Ron Roth
South Carolina Goes to War, Joseph Stukes
U.S. Grant Goes to Appomattox, Joseph Stukes
Robert Smalls “Rising to the Occasion”, Donald Sweeper
Confederates at the Keyboard: Southern Piano Music During the Civil War Era, David Thompson
African Americans and the Civil War, Donald West
Black Confederate, Donald West

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For more information about Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud program, please contact:

T.J. Wallace