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Speakers Bureau Program: Non-profits and Other Organizations  

The Delaware Humanities Speakers Bureau allows individuals with expert knowledge in a wide range of humanities-centered fields to showcase their skills by providing interesting and informative presentations to the public.  You do NOT need to have a degree in the humanities to become a Speaker.  However, Speakers must be able to demonstrate their humanities experience/background in the field in which they want to present.  Approved Speakers currently receive an honorarium of $200 for each presentation.

Visiting Scholars Program: K-12 Institutions 

The Delaware Humanities’ Visiting Scholars Program enables approved humanists to provide lectures/presentations in elementary and secondary schools throughout Delaware. Approved Visiting Scholars currently receive an honorarium of $250 for each presentation. 


Delaware Humanities has formal procedures for arranging Speakers Bureau and Visiting Scholars presentations, including advance reservation forms and a one-month reservation deadline to which both requesting groups and presenters must adhere.  Speakers must also be available to present throughout the year and can therefore not be seasonal residents of the area. 

Approved speakers sign an agreement with Delaware Humanities and pay an annual $75 administrative fee to participate in one program or $150 to participate in both programs. The catalog year begins on November 1st and ends on October 31st of the following year. 

Humanities Themes 

For the 2023 catalog (November 1, 2022-October 31, 2023), Delaware Humanities is looking for presentations which fall into one of following four theme categories. 

Culture and Community – Media and DemocracyEnvironment and HealthStories and Histories 


If interested in becoming a Speaker, please contact us with 2-3 sentences about your potential program.  If we feel your program is potentially a good fit for our program we will send you a formal application.  All applications must be submitted online.  We highly encourage applicants who can present in multiple languages.  Applications will be reviewed by Delaware Humanities and applicants will be notified if they are invited to then audition.

Dates and Deadlines 

Application Due  Friday, April 22, 2022 
Applications Reviewed Late April
Invitation to Audition or Rejection Notification Sent  Friday, May 6, 2022
Auditions  Early June 2022 
Applicants Notified of Acceptance or Rejection Early July 2022 
Agreements Sent  Early August 2022 
Signed Agreements and Fee Due  Friday, September 16, 2022 


Contact us or call Karla Leonard at (302) 657-0650 x117.


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    June 10, 2020

    The killing of George Floyd has brought attention once again to systemic racial inequalities in America, and a lot has already been said. Rather than reiterate what so many in the Black community have been saying for generations, Delaware Humanities would instead like to place a spotlight on those voices in our state.

    There is never a better time to listen to those most affected by the ongoing atrocity of racism and injustice. The humanities help us to understand what it means to be human. With such a wide array of human experiences across cultures and communities, the only way to truly understand is to engage in the learning process both actively and reflectively….


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  • Delaware Humanities COVID-19 Message

    March 16, 2020

    Delaware Humanities believes that public health and safety are top priorities.

    With the growing prevalence of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, in Delaware, we are monitoring on a daily basis both federal and state guidance on how to minimize exposure to and spread of the virus. The health and peace of mind of our staff, board, partners, grantees, and program participants will guide our decision-making in the coming weeks.

    We will post updates on our website. We will also keep our calendar up to date. We recommend that you periodically visit us here at our website and on our calendar of events for the latest information on the status of program and grant-supported events.


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    January 30, 2020

    Congratulations to all of our newly minted grantees – we awarded 7 Vision Grants, with funds totaling $68,750.00!

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