Call for Speakers for the Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud Program

SC Humanities is issuing a call for speakers to join our Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud program roster. Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud 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.

SC Humanities promotes the Speakers Bureau roster to non-profit groups and public agencies, including libraries, museums, schools, and historical societies. These sponsoring organizations must submit a one-page application to request a speaker. SC Humanities will pay an honorarium of $250 directly to the speaker for an approved program; all other expenses must be negotiated between the speaker and the sponsoring organization.

SC Humanities is seeking speakers who can present thoughtful, engaging public lectures on humanities topics, from American history to literature to culture. (For a full list of humanities disciplines, please see our website: 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
  • Ability to work well with culturally, economically, and geographically diverse audiences
  • 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 After the initial phone or email consultation, there is an application process. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2021.