Speaker Series

I love when oral history is told as it makes the past come alive. We are indebted to those who came before us for where we are today.

—Mrs Gayle Erskine, The Villages, Florida

What is the 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

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?
How do I know if we’re a member?
How much honoraria do speakers charge?
Do Florida Humanities Speaker Series funds require a match?
When can we book our programs?
Can we charge admission to a Florida Humanities Series program?
Can we book speakers that aren’t on your roster?
Can we use funding for staffing or facilities?

Current Programs Available

We’re revamping our Speaker Series roster. More information on 2018-2019 program season is coming soon!

Appy to become a Speaker Series Partner:

All applicants must first download and thoroughly review the program description & responsibilities and RFP below. To access the on-line application form, applicants must contact Alex Buell, Program Coordinator, at 727-873-2001 to discuss their proposal and receive an application password. No unsolicited or hard-copy proposals will be accepted.

New Program for 2018:

Florida and World War II presented by Gary Mormino

Below watch a brief clip by Gary Mormino discussing the GI exposure to Florida during WWII training that sparked the migration to Florida after the war.