The Delaware Humanities Speakers program sends scholars, authors, and experts to community groups, organizations, businesses and schools around the state. They provide a broad array of thought-provoking presentations that make culture and Delaware history and community available and accessible to all audiences. Speakers programs make it possible for your organization to access the cultural heritage and diverse history of Delaware, and help us all deepen our understanding of who we are, where we come from, and the many connections that unite us.
To Host a Speakers Program:
- Look through the Speakers Catalog and select a program. PLEASE NOTE: Some programs are only for K-12 classrooms, some are not approved for classrooms, and some are for both--be sure to select the appropriate program for your audience/organization.
- Contact the speaker directly and arrange a date, time, and location for your program. Presentations are 60-75 minutes long (45-60 minute lecture, followed by time for audience questions), so please allow enough time for the program and questions at the end.
- Create a free online account or log-in to your account here.
- Submit the online Speakers Request Form at least four weeks before your program date.
- Wait for the Grant Agreement from Delaware Humanities before advertising. Delaware Humanities pays the Speaker’s fee; your fee covers the administrative costs. Funding is limited and not all requests are approved.
- Read the Grant Agreement carefully and digitally sign prior to the program with copayment ($75 for federally registered nonprofits, $150 for other organizations, and free for K-12 school classrooms. Not sure if you are a qualified nonprofit? Check your status here.). Failure to comply with the grant agreement will result in denial of future requests.
- Promote your program! With some exceptions, these events must be free and open to the public.
- Distribute audience evaluations at the program and return them within one week to the Delaware Humanities. Log in to your account and complete your Program Coordinator evaluation online. Not ready to apply? You can preview the speaker request application here.
Additional Important Information
Additional information about the Speaker process:
1. Applications for speakers will be reviewed in two cycles as follows.
Program for dates Review and approval will begin
November 1-April 30 October 1
May 1-October 31 March 1
2. An organization can only request in a new cycle if all their program paperwork is complete (grant agreement, payment, audience evaluations from the majority of the audience, program coordinator evaluation) from the previous cycle.
3. The same program can only be requested once in a cycle. For K-12 institutions, the program can be requested once per individual class in an academic year.
4. Organizations will not be limited in the number of requests they can make per cycle. However, as always, when the funds for the speakers program are depleted requests will no longer be approved. Therefore, do not advertise your programs until they are approved.