Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Ohio

These moderated discussions emphasize the value in recognizing the common threads that bind us all together. Each scholar uses a national and statewide framework to explore where we've been, who we are, and to weigh the question, where do we want to be?

Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Ohio Speakers and Topics


Image: Ric Shiefield, PhDThe Community Within: African American History in Rural Ohio

Ric Sheffield, JD | Director, Law & Society Program, Kenyon College
740-427-5852 or Sheffier@Kenyon.edu.

Image: Rabbi Gary P. Zola, PhDThe Jewish and Interfaith Experience in Ohio

Rabbi Gary P. Zola, PhD | Executive Director, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives | 513-487-3000 or GZola@HUC.edu.

Image: William Trollinger, PhDOhio’s KKK of the 1920s: Terrorizing Immigrants and Catholics

William Trollinger, PhD | Professor, History and Religious Studies, University of Dayton
937-938-1173 or wtrollinger1@UDayton.edu.

Kimberly Hamlin, PhDRace, Racism, and the U.S. Women’s Movement: From Seneca Falls to the 2017 Women’s March

Kimberly Hamlin, PhD | Director and Professor, American Studies Program, Miami University | hamlinka@miamioh.edu.

The Emancipation ProclamationJohn C. Fazio

John C. Fazio, JD | Author, former president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable

Way Up North in Dixie

Howard Sacks, PhD | Professor Emeritus at Kenyon College | sacksh@kenyon.edu.

The Lincoln School Story: How 18 African American Mothers Changed History

Kati Herrington Burwinkel | Project Director, The Lincoln School Story


Any Ohio civic and nonprofit organization may request to host a #LegacyOhio Speaker Bureau program. Libraries, historical societies, museums, civic associations, public agencies, senior centers, and similar community groups are encouraged to submit a request.

Event Planning Considerations

A host organization will agree to provide a publicly accessible venue able to accommodate at least 25 people. It must free and open to the public. A venue’s regular entrance fees may be collected but no additional fees for the #LegacyOhio program. The program cannot be used as a fundraiser. In keeping with Ohio Humanities and the NEH guidelines, #LegacyOhio cannot be used to promote a political position.

Scheduling a Speaker

A one-hour minimum must be allotted for any presentation and conclude with audience participation.

  • Reach out to the #LegacyOhio speaker, at least six weeks in advance, to arrange a program date and time. Our speakers will do their best to accommodate your schedule.
  • Contact Speaker Bureau Coordinator Erin Jansen for a Speaker Request Form at 614-461-7802 or ejansen@ohiohumanites.org.
  • After submitting this form, watch for publicity materials to arrive by mail. This packet will also provide steps to remit the reduced $50 processing fee to Ohio Humanities.

The Ohio Humanities logo and acknowledgment must accompany any printed or online publicity materials. Ohio Humanities has an Outreach Coordinator who can assist in publicizing your event.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: NEH.gov