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Speakers Bureau Brings Scholars to You

Important Changes Happen Oct 31

Applications are no longer being accepted for Speakers Bureau bookings. Are you looking to contact one of our scholars?  Contact Judy Dobbs at 410.685-0095 or via email.

Since 1996, the Maryland Humanities Council Speakers Bureau has provided engaging public humanities programs to Marylanders of all ages and backgrounds in every region of the state.  Some of our finest historians, philosophers, political scientists, writers, poets, and living history performers have entertained, educated, and challenged audiences to reflect upon a wide range of topics from a variety of perspectives. We are very grateful for the vital role played by speakers, host organizations, and audiences throughout Maryland who have made the Speakers Bureau a respected statewide program.


After an intensive, long-range planning process, MHC is reshaping its slate of public humanities programs with an eye towards longer-term engagement with the humanities in our communities.  


We will only be accepting Speakers Bureau applications through September 30 for programs taking place through the end of October 2014.  With the end of our current fiscal year on October 31, we will no longer offer the Speakers Bureau.  We will, however, continue to bring high quality programs to your community through One Maryland One Book, Museum on Main Street, Chautauqua, grants, History Day, and others. We are also in the planning stages for some new and exciting opportunities.


We are very grateful to the many speakers, organizations, and audience members who have been part of MHC Speakers Bureau programs over the past two decades.  We value these partnerships and look forward to continuing to provide opportunities for lifelong learning in communities throughout Maryland.  Please consider us a resource for referrals to speakers should you have the need.


For comments or concerns, please contact Phoebe Stein, MHC Executive Director, at (410) 685-0095 or via email.


Observe the Bicentennial of the War of 1812

Check out the Star-Spangled Speakers Bureau here.

MHC will offer free War of 1812 presentations 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

Find a Speaker

Online Application

Promoting Your Program