Maryland Humanities Council

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Speakers Bureau

Bring the Scholar to you!

Since 1996, MHC Speakers Bureau presentations stimulate informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders. Some of our state's finest historians, writers, poets and living history scholar-actors will travel to your community and present their programs to the audience you gather for them.

In presentations that entertain, educate and challenge, MHC speakers encourage Marylanders to reflect upon topics from a range of perspectives and offer a context for discussion and dialogue.


Observe the Bicentennial of the War of 1812

Check out the Star-Spangled Speakers Bureau here.

MHC will offer free War of 1812 presentations through February 2014, made possible by a grant from the Maryland War of 1812 Commission. These programs must be free and open to the public. Supply is limited. 


Thurgood Marshall illustration by Tom Chalkley

A Year of Reflection on Civil Rights Milestones 

Discover Civil Rights Speakers Bureau Offerings here.  

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”  The Maryland Humanities Council is offering the Civil Rights Speakers Bureau, a series of presentations that are available for nonprofit organizations planning community based programming and discussions, on these themes.

Illustration of Thurgood Marshall by Tom Chalkley.


Beginning November 1, 2011, there is a $150 fee for most Speakers Bureau programs. 

  • This fee covers a small portion of the cost of the program, and the Maryland Humanities Council will continue to subsidize the balance of expenses for honorarium, speaker travel, and administration. 
  • Nonprofit organizations may book one Speakers Bureau program per fiscal year (October 31-November 1) at the discounted fee of $150. They may request additional programs per fiscal year but the fee will be $300. 
  • Public library systems and county departments of aging may request two Speakers Bureau programs per fiscal year at the discounted rate of $150. 
  • Once the limited number of discounted ($150) fee programs have been scheduled for the fiscal year, programs will be available to organizations at a rate of $300.

Requests for speakers must be made at least 8 weeks before the proposed date of the program. 

Before selecting a speaker and submitting your application, read these important guidelines below or click the tab to the left regarding eligibility, responsibilities, restrictions, and promotion:

Who Can Apply?

Responsibilities & Restrictions

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Promoting Your Program