Become A Florida Humanities Speaker
What Does It Mean to Be a Florida Humanities Speaker?
The Florida Humanities 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 Humanities speakers are a distinguished roster of scholars, authors, storytellers, and content area experts. They offer up to three humanities-focused presentations on multiple topics to suit every organization and audience.
Deadlines to Become a Florida Humanities Speaker
November 1: Applications Open
December 8: Informational Webinar
January 11, 2023: Applications Close
March 2023: Speaker Notification
June 2023: Programming Begins
Due to limited space on the bureau for new speakers in 2023, Florida Humanities is focusing on programs on the following topics. Programs also outside these topics will be considered but will not receive high priority for consideration. Programs adhering to these topics will not be automatically included.
- Archaeology and Anthropology
- Asian American and Pacific Islander History and Culture
- Environmental Humanities
- Florida Art History
- Florida Food and Culture
- Florida Literature and Poetry
- Indigenous People’s History and Culture
- LGBTQ+ History and Culture
- Women’s History
Register for Informational Webinar
Join Florida Humanities staff for a webinar about our redesigned Florida Talks program! We will cover the new application and hosting process and answer your questions.
What are We Looking For?
The ideal presenter:
- 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 open to tackling challenging questions and helping audiences discuss hard topics
- Can navigate digital presentation platforms such as PowerPoint and Zoom
- Has advanced training, expertise, or education in a humanities field or related area
The ideal program includes:
- A Compelling Idea: Great presentations are built around one riveting topic, thought, or tidbit of information that expands the
scope to the entire state and includes open-ended questions
- A Dynamic, Engaging Speaking Style: Speakers should adjust their tone based on the audience and avoid complicated jargon
- Expertise: Speakers must have advanced knowledge about the topic and answer questions skillfully
- Contemporary Connections: The topic of the presentation is contemporary and connects to general, non-specialist audiences, even if the program features historical elements and information.
- Statewide Relevance: The presentation has connections and relevance to communities across the state and is not limited to one individual’s history, community, point of view, or experience.
Topics must be non-partisan, rooted in humanities research, and appropriate for a general, adult audience. Presentations that include the following activities will not be considered for inclusion in the bureau.
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy of a particular social or political action
- Support or opposition of specific public policies or legislation
Presentations used as fund-raising vehicles for business and nonprofit organizations or whose goal is to be motivational, inspirational, or provide self-help will also not be considered.
If chosen as a Florida Humanities speaker, you are required to:
- Live in Florida most of the year
- Host programs virtually or in-person and travel statewide. Travel costs are arranged with the host organizations
- Accept a non-negotiable honoraria of $300 per program paid directly by Florida Humanities
- Submit all required forms and reports to Florida Humanities by the designated deadline
- Participate in Florida Humanities’ and host organizations’ marketing efforts, including interviews, photos, and videos for social media and digital and print outreach
- Attend a mandatory Speaker Orientation hosted by Florida Humanities on Zoom
- Provide a one- to two-minute video about your professional background and programs for host organizations
- Communicate promptly with Florida Humanities and partner organizations over email and phone
“We have many here, both visitors and Floridians, who don’t know about this history. Our stories explain where we come from, where we are and where we hope to go. Our histories not only reflect facts but also speak about our values and our traditions. I believe that stories are one of the best means we have of connecting people and bridging varying experiences.”
— Carrie Sue Ayvar, Florida Humanities Speakers Bureau member
Steps to Apply
Frequently Asked Questions
I am already on the bureau. Do I have to reapply?
All current speakers have been contacted directly by Florida Humanities and are not required to reapply for the 2023-2024 bureau. Speakers will be required to submit updated contracts in Spring 2023.
How much honorarium do I receive?
All speakers receive a non-negotiable amount of $300 for each virtual or in person program. Florida Humanities pays honoraria directly to speakers. Travel costs are paid by the host organization directly to the speaker.
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?
Due to limited space, Florida Humanities may only add up to 15 new speakers to the bureau in Spring 2023.
How many programs can I apply with?
Each applicant may apply with up to three programs. Speakers may be selected with all or some of the proposed programs.
When will I be notified of my application status?
Notification will be sent in March 2023 via the grant portal.