Become a Speaker

Become a Speaker


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 $300 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 $300 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 $100 administrative fee to participate in one program or $200 to participate in both programs. The catalog year begins on November 1st and ends on October 31st of the following year.  The administrative fee is waived for new Speakers.

Humanities Themes 

For the 2024 catalog (November 1, 2023-October 31, 2024), Delaware Humanities is looking for presentations which: 


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 Speakers to apply who can present in multiple languages. 

Dates and Deadlines 

Application Due Friday, April 28, 2023 
Auditions Early June 2023
Applicants Notified By Friday, July 7, 2023
Agreements Sent Friday, August 4, 2023
Signed Agreements and Fee DueFriday, September 8, 2023


Contact us or call Rebecca Olsen at (302) 426-2193.