SC Humanities is issuing a call for speakers to join our Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud program roster. The Speakers Bureau is one of the oldest programs of SC Humanities and one of the most beloved. Through the Speakers Bureau, 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. We currently offer over 160 Speakers Bureau presentations, and we’re excited to add a variety of new topics to that list.
SC Humanities promotes the Speakers Bureau roster to non-profit groups and public agencies, including libraries, museums, schools, and historical societies, though many of our most requested Speakers Bureau scholars do additional self-promotion. Organizations that are interested in hosting a Speaker must submit a short application, which is available on our website. Upon approval, SC Humanities will pay an honorarium of $250 directly to the speaker; all other expenses must be negotiated between the speaker and the sponsoring organization.
Speakers are required to present thoughtful, engaging public lectures on humanities topics. Not sure if your area of expertise falls within the humanities? Click here for a full list of humanities disciplines. The lectures should generally be 45 – 60 minutes long. SC Humanities is currently approving virtual Speakers Bureau programs if that platform is mutually desired by the sponsoring organization and the speaker.
Speakers should have the following qualifications:
- Expertise with the subject matter of your proposed presentation. This can include formal academic study (master’s level or higher), stature as a tradition bearer within your cultural community, or other significant and varied experience.
- Demonstrated success in working with public audiences.
- The ability to work well with culturally, economically, and geographically diverse audiences.
- An interest in – and ability and willingness to – travel to communities across the state OR to present an engaging virtual presentation.
For more information about being considered to be listed on the Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud roster, please contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org. After the initial phone or email consultation, there is an application process. Applications will be accepted through October 28, 2022.