Speaker Series

Speaker Series

Our Speakers’ Series gives communities the opportunity to recruit and facilitate a series of four to six engaging talks with expert historians, storytellers, researchers, and authors. The program provides funding, promotional support, and capacity-building opportunities for organizations interested in hosting.

What’s provided by the Florida Humanities Council:

  • $5,000 to host four to six public talks
  • A roster of high-quality humanities presenters to choose from
  • A comprehensive press kit, including banners, sample press releases, posters, postcards and
  • Other publicity items to help promote and brand the Florida Humanities Series
  • Statewide promotion of your programming through Florida Humanities’ media outlets

Dr. Kitty Oliver, Professor, Florida Atlantic University

“Dr. Oliver was a very engaging speaker. She shared a view for the African American side that we all need to hear. Her lively spirit and mission were evident throughout her presentation.”

Speaker Series Program Attendee

What’s expected of our Florida Humanities Series partners:

  • Plan and execute a series of four to six programs utilizing the roster of speakers provided by the Florida Humanities
  • Broadly publicize the series in local media (newspapers, radio, etc.)
  • Maintain the Florida Humanities Series brand by using posters, postcards, and banners provided by Florida Humanities
  • Attend a half-day project director’s workshop to discuss audience-building, promotional tips, and other best practices
  • Collect audience information and feedback to be shared with the Humanities Council
  • Complete required reporting for the project

Speaker Series FAQ's

Who is eligible to apply for a Florida Humanities Speaker Series?
To apply to become a Florida Humanities Speaker Series partner, you must be a nonprofit organization and have a current FHC organizational membership at the $125 level or higher.
How do I know if we’re a member?
Contact Danica Kelly at 727-873-2002 or dkelly@flahum.org to check your membership status or to become a Florida Humanities Council member.
How much honoraria do speakers charge?
It will vary speaker to speaker, however all speakers on our roster have agreed to charge no more than $500 for a program. This amount does not include possible travel expenses.
Do Florida Humanities Speaker Series funds require a match?
Yes, Florida Humanities Council funds must be matched at a minimum with an equal amount of cash and/or in-kind services. Approved matches include staff/volunteer time, equipment/facility usage, publicity, and other program related expenses.
When can we book our programs?
A schedule must be submitted as part of your application and programs must take place between September 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019.
Can we charge admission to a Florida Humanities Series program?
Yes, however admission may not present a barrier to public participation.
Can we book speakers that aren’t on your roster?
Not at this time. All speakers must come from our pre-approved roster.
Can we use funding for staffing or facilities?
You may use up to 20% of your FHC funds for staffing related to the project. You may only use FHC funds for facilities if you are renting a venue other than your own. Use of your own facility should be part of your cost share.

Appy to become a Speaker Series Partner:

All applicants must first download and thoroughly review the program description & responsibilities and RFP below. No unsolicited or hard-copy proposals will be accepted.

Speaker Series Forms and Resources

For all partners:

The below forms and resources are for use by agencies that have been awarded a contract from FHC.

Brand Guidelines:

The Florida Humanities Series is a partnership between the Florida Humanities Council (FHC) and your organization. Program funding is also provided by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

Your organization must acknowledge Florida Humanities Council and Division of Cultural Affairs support in all materials related to this program, including print, website, social media, and broadcast. The Florida Humanities Council templates for press releases, flyers, posters, and postcards should be used whenever possible.

Use both the FHC and DCA logos and credit line.




Credit Line:

“This program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.”

Current Roster: