Speakers Bureau

Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau provides the tools for thoughtful conversation, facilitation, and reflection on topics relevant to Ohioans today. Scholars in the fields of history, literature, philosophy, law, and archaeology have been engaging audiences and inspiring conversation for over 20 years. This year, our scholars are available to book virtual programs.


Current Speakers Bureau Roster




By Subject

Visit the Calendar

to see upcoming events


2021 Speakers Bureau Updates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s issued public safety guidelines, Ohio Humanities will require any Speakers Bureau programs scheduled from November 1-December 31, 2020 be virtual. We will accept requests for in-person programming scheduled after January 1, 2021; however, those programs are subject to be rescheduled as virtual programs pending the most up-to-date public safety guidelines. If you would like to schedule a virtual program but need technical assistance in order to do so, please contact Melvin Barnes at mbarnes@ohiohumanities.org. Technical assistance can include access to a Zoom platform, logistical planning, online assistance before and during a scheduled program, and general Zoom/virtual program training.


1. Schedule a Speaker

If your organization would like to book a speaker, first contact the speaker to confirm program dates, times, and whether or not the program will be offered virtually. Please be aware that our 2021 bureau is open from November 1, 2020-October 31, 2021. Therefore, we will only accept requests for programs scheduled after November 1, 2020. You can find speaker contact information at the bottom of each speaker page.


2. Book Your Speaker

Once you have contacted and confirmed with your speaker, use our online application to apply at least six weeks before your scheduled event. Upon approval, we’ll send you a program agreement packet and ask you to pay the appropriate application fee to Ohio Humanities. Groups are limited to three Speakers Bureau programs per year. If you have any questions, please call Melvin Barnes at 614.461.7802 or email at mbarnes@ohiohumanities.org.


3. Optional assistance for virtual programs

If you do need technical assistance, contact Melvin Barnes immediately after submitting your speaker request form to begin planning you event.


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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



Revisit the Virtual Women’s Suffrage Speakers Series

Every week beginning July 14 through August 18, 2020, Ohio Humanities hosted a scholar to discuss the history of women’s suffrage and voting rights through the lens of race, politics, protest, and more. The series explored lesser known figures and stories, and allowed audiences to reflect on the significant anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the long, continuous struggle for voting rights. Below are a list of Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau speakers that were featured during the series, as well as the link to each recorded program. Enjoy!

Click here to find the recorded programs.

Bending to the Color Line: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage in Ohio

Carol Lasser

Rebels in Corsets: The Embodied Rhetoric of the Women’s Suffrage Movement 

Susan Trollinger

From Mrs, Satan to Madam Speaker: 150 Years of Ohio Women Running for Public Office

Barbara Palmer

Helen Hamilton Gardener and the Secret History of Women’s Suffrage in America

Kimberly Hamlin