Speakers Bureau

Bringing the humanities to your town is easy with the Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau. Scholars in the fields of history, literature, philosophy, law, and archaeology have been traveling the state for 20 years speaking at libraries, historical societies, civic organizations and museums.


Current Speakers Bureau Roster

The current roster of 32 speakers represent 21 subjects.




By Subject

Visit the Calendar

to see upcoming events


1. Schedule a Speaker

If your organization would like to present a speaker, first directly contact the speaker to confirm program dates and times. After you have confirmed scheduling details, submit a speaker request form to the Ohio Humanities at least six weeks before the presentation takes place. Upon Ohio Humanities approval, we’ll a send you a packet with publicity materials and ask you to pay the appropriate application fee to the Ohio Humanities. Groups are limited to three Speakers Bureau programs per year.


2. Book Your Speaker

Once you have contacted and confirmed with your speaker, use our online application to apply. If you have any questions, please call Program Coordinator David Merkowitz at 614.461.7802 or email at dmerkowitz@ohiohumanities.org.


Speakers Bureau Fee Structure

Non-profit organizations with an annual budget under $150,000 pay a fee of $50.00

Non-profit organizations with an annual budget over $150,000 pay a fee of $250.00

Schools (including colleges or universities) and corporate or private entities pay a fee of $400.00


The Speakers Bureau is closed for Fiscal Year 2018. We will begin accepting bookings for 2019 in the fall. Please contact David Merkowitz at 614.461.7802 or dmerkowitz@ohiohumanities.org with any questions or to inquire about the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Ohio speakers series.


Special Offering

Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Ohio Speakers Bureau

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?

Image: Ric Shiefield, PhD

The 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.


For full information and eligibility requirements, click HERE.