Five new scholars have joined the Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau, expanding both the diversity and depth of topics available to organizations seeking high quality presentations. Scheduling is currently open for the 2016 fiscal year which runs through October 31, 2016.
David Baker is author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Scavenger Loop and Never-Ending Birds, which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2011. His five books of prose include Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems. He teaches at Denison University and is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review. David’s bureau presentation, My Ohio, builds on his life in Ohio for more than 30 years and is drawn from his eleven books of poems.
Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, Not A Drop to Drink, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little fresh water, has been optioned for film by Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, In A Handful of Dust was released in 2014. In her presentation, The Dirt Behind Not A Drop To Drink, Mindy shares the environmental research behind her post-apocalyptic novel, as well as sharing her journey from aspiring writer to published author.
Andrew Richmond is a vice president at Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio. With degrees in history from Kenyon College and American Material Culture from the Winterthur Program/University of Delaware, Andrew’s passion is the decorative arts of Ohio. He has lectured and published widely on the subject and has curated two major exhibition: Equal in Goodness: Ohio Decorative Arts 1788-1860 and A Tradition of Progress: Ohio Decorative Arts 1860-1945. Presentations include Buy Local or By River: Furnishing Early Ohio, Bringing War into Our Homes: Decorative Arts Inspired by America’s 19th-Century Conflicts, and From Crocks to Jazz Bowls: 150 Years of Ohio Pottery.
Howard L. Sacks is National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology at Kenyon College, where he also served as Senior Advisor to the President and Provost. As Director of the Rural Life Center, Howard coordinates scholarly and public projects to ensure the vitality of local rural life. A pioneer in the local food movement, Howard served on Governor Strickland’s Ohio Food Policy Advisory Council to build an indigenous agricultural system that addresses the food needs of all Ohio residents. He raises sheep with his wife, Judy, on their farm in Gambier. His presentation, Where Does Our Food Come From? is available for scheduling.
David Stradling is Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati teaching urban and environmental history. He is the author of several books, including Smokestacks and Progressives: Environmentalists, Engineers and Air Quality in America, 1881-1951, The Nature of New York: An Environmental History of the Empire State, and with Richard Stradling, Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland. Speakers Bureau presentations are How the Cuyahoga River Fire Saved America and Other True-ish Stories, The New Cuyahoga: Straightening Cleveland’s Crooked River, and To Save Lake Erie: Engineers in the Age of Ecology
The Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau sponsors more than 50 presentations each year; in 2015, over 3,000 people attended these presentations. To learn more about the Speakers Bureau and how to book one of the scholars, visit http://www.ohiohumanities.org/speakers-bureau/.