Become A Florida Humanities Speaker

Apply to be a Florida Humanities Speaker
Apply to be a Florida Humanities Speaker

Questions? Contact:

April Myerscough
Public Programs Coordinator
[email protected]

What Does It Mean to Be a Florida Talks Speaker?

The Florida Talks Speakers’ Bureau has been a staple of Florida Humanities for several years. Speakers offer thought-provoking, engaging, and compelling talks on a wide variety of humanities-centered topics. They provide expertise, valuable context, and help audiences navigate the gray areas of the world. From the Panhandle to the Keys, Florida Talks impacts every area of the state.

Florida Talks speakers will join a distinguished roster of scholars, authors, experts, and storytellers that offer Florida Humanities one to three talks beginning September 2022. Speakers will provide presentations in-person and virtually to audiences across the state in partnership with non-profit organizations.

Florida Humanities anticipates your applications! A team of evaluators will consider each application and may reach out for an audition to learn more about you and your talks. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until January 19, 2022. Please read all the information below, including the guidelines, before applying.

Important Dates:

November 1st: Application Opens
November 18th: Informational Webinar
January 19, 2022: Application Closes
September 2022: Fall Florida Talks Begins

Topics We’re Interested In:

  • Florida History
  • Florida Heritage and Culture
  • Civil Rights and Democracy (in partnership with our Democracy: Reignited initiative)
  • Literature and Poetry in Florida
  • Storytelling and Florida Folklore
  • Music in Florida
  • Art/Architecture in Florida
Watch On Demand

Florida Talks Informational Webinar

Watch our informational webinar on the Florida Humanities’ Florida Talks application process!

Who Are We Looking For?

The ideal scholar:

  • Shares Florida Humanities’ desire for open-ended, enlightening, and thought-provoking discussions about our state and its storied history.
  • Is enthusiastic and excited to share their expertise and knowledge about the humanities with Floridians of all backgrounds
  • Is passionate about the state, its future, and how the humanities can shape it
  • Is not afraid to tackle challenging topics and discussions and help audiences answer hard questions
  • Is open to learning new techniques and best practices for giving humanities talks
  • Has advanced training, expertise, or education in a humanities field or related area

Qualities of a Talk:

  • A Compelling Idea: Great Florida Talks presentations are built around one riveting topic, thought, or tidbit of information. However, talks also ask open-ended questions and pose challenges to the status quo.
  • Dynamic, Engaging Speaking Style: Some speakers are more informal or formal, but great speakers share a few things in common. Their talks are filled with evidence of their expertise, free of jargon, and keep complicated topics accessible.
  • Expertise: Great speakers should know their stuff and their audience! Speakers should have advanced training, experience, expertise, or education in a humanities field, such as history, political science, literature, philosophy, art, etc.
  • Unexpected Connections: The speaker can connect unlikely parts and people of disparate topics in unique and exciting ways. They should also make a case for how their talk is a lens for thinking about larger contexts, debates, and phenomena.
  • Relevance: The talks should be relevant and contemporary for general audiences.

Contract Requirements:

Contracted Speakers are required to:

  • Host their talks both virtually and in-person and travel statewide
  • Communicate promptly with Florida Humanities and partner organizations over email and phone
  • Provide a two to three-minute video about themselves, their background, and the presentations they offer for partner organizations.

Watch The On-Demand Webinar

Tune-in to our recorded informational webinar to answer all of your application questions.

Steps to Apply

Create an Individual Account

Follow the instructions to create an individual account on our Grant Interface. Applications will not be considered unless completed online.

Download Instructions

Preview Application

Download a preview of the Florida Talks Speaker online application. This document is intended for reference purposes only.

Preview Application

Seek Help

We are happy to provide guidance on potential topics, completing an application, and troubleshooting technical difficulties with electronic forms. Please contact staff well in advance of the deadline to ensure a prompt response.

Application Questions:
April Myerscough
[email protected]

Technical Questions:
Lisa Lennox
[email protected]


Complete our simple Florida Talks Speaker application by January 19, 2022, at 12:00 noon (EST) to be considered for the roster beginning September 2022. Speakers will be notified of their inclusion in early Spring 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m already on the roster. Do I have to re-apply?

    All current speakers must submit an application to be included in the roster beginning September 2022, regardless of current status. New and returning applicants will be considered equally.

  • How much honorarium do I receive?

    All speakers receive $300 for each talk hosted virtually and in person. Honoraria are paid directly to speakers by Florida Humanities.

  • What are the contract requirements?

    Speakers must host talks both virtually and in person and travel statewide. Speakers must also communicate with Florida Humanities and partner organizations promptly. Lastly, speakers must create a two to three-minute video sharing about their background and presentations they offer.

  • What qualifications do I need to be a speaker?

    Florida Humanities is looking for speakers with a high level of training, experience, education, or expertise in their chosen field. Higher education degrees are encouraged but not required.

  • How many speakers will be chosen?

    The roster will consist of 25 to 30 speakers who offer one to three talks each.

  • How many talks can I apply with?

    Each applicant can apply with one to three talks. You may be selected to be a speaker with all or just one of your presentations.

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