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Speakers Bureau

Sharing the diversity of stories in settings across the state sheds light on where we've come from and starts conversations about who we are. The insights and ideas we generate as people in conversation are lighting the road ahead — for each of us and for the state we all proudly call home. 

Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau presentations and discussions are available free to Kansas nonprofits, as funding allows. These are intended for adult, out-of-school audiences.  

The new Speakers Bureau application is here! Click APPLY below to get started. Contact HK at 785-357-0359 with questions. We're here to help. 

Speakers Bureau Catalog              

Brown v. Board of Education 70th Anniversary Speakers Bureau 

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Publicize Your Event

NEW! Accessibility Funds                         

Common Questions

Documents and Forms



How to Bring a Humanities Kansas Speaker to Your Event

1. Review the Speakers Bureau catalog and select a speaker and topic.

2. Contact the speaker and confirm time, date, location, and equipment needs. It is up to the host organization to provide the equipment necessary for the presentation or to confirm with the speaker that they can bring their own. Presentations can be conducted in person or online. Contact the speaker to discuss setting up a presentation online.

3. Apply for funding to bring this speaker to your community. Find out how. (Please note: Completed applications must be submitted six weeks before the event date to be considered for funding.) Presentations are intended for out-of-school adult audiences and must be free and open to the public. Humanities Kansas is not able to fund applications that do not meet these requirements.

4. Publicize your event. Download press releases and photos.  Download a Humanities Kansas logo poster.

5. Tell us how it went. After the event, download and fill out a Speakers Bureau Evaluation and Cost Share FormFor applications submitted after November 1, 2023, please log in to your applicant dashboard to access your report. 

Speakers Bureau is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, HK Friends of the Humanities, and Western Kansas Community Foundation.

Intersted in joining the Speakers Bureau? Click here to learn how more!    

Photo Credit: Tom Parker. The opinions expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Kansas.



Megan KaminiskiView
Humanities in the wild! Coffey County Library hosted Megan Kaminski for a presentation of “Listening in Place: Nature and Poetry Walk.”
Rex BuchananView
Rex Buchanan presents at the Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby, KS.
Prisca Barnes at the Junction City Public LibraryView
Prisca Barnes presents her Speakers Bureau Presentation "The Dockum Drugstore Sit-In" at the Junction City Public Library.
Marla DayView
Marla Day poses with the Nathan Edson DAR Chapter after her Speakers Bureau presentation on Parsons native and fashion designer, Nelly Don.
Phil DixonView
Phil Dixon shares history and memorabilia of the Kansas City Monarchs with audiences.
Ayako MizumuraView
The Parsons Public Library hosted Ayako Mizumura for a Speakers Bureau presentation on Japanese war brides in postwar Kansas. In her presentation, Mizumura shares the voices of Japanese women who fled the devastation of a war-torn Japan after World War II and triumphed amidst great struggle to find community, connection, and cultural identity in the place they viewed as the last destination of their lives— the Kansas prairie.
Manhattan Public LibraryView
Dr. Debra Bolton poses with staff at the Manhattan Public Library after leading a discussion on the documentary film, "Strangers in Town."
Gene ChavezView
The Dodge City Public Library hosted Gene Chavez for a presentation on a classic staple of Mexican cuisine—the tortilla. Pictured is Gene demonstrating how to make a classic tortilla at the Dodge City Public Library.
Will HaynesView
The De Soto Historical Society welcomed Will Haynes for a presentation on the Civil War in Kansas. In his talk, Will presents the story of Kansas during the Civil War and how it helped shape the states image for years afterward.
Erika Nelson presents topic at Speakers Bureau eventView
Erika Nelson presents topic at Speakers Bureau event. Photo credit: Hutchinson Community College.
Priscilla HoweView
Priscilla Howe how presents at a Speakers Bureau event.
Leo OlivaView
Leo Oliva presents at the Independence Historical Museum.
Phil DixonView
Phil Dixon presents at the 2021 Manhattan Juneteenth event.


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