Speakers Program

Speakers Program

Bring intriguing scholars and
ideas to your community

Our Speakers Program connects communities with scholars who specialize in a range of topics through our Speakers Directory. These engaging presenters help share the stories that make Florida special.

Our roster of 34 presenters is made up of professors, historians, storytellers, authors, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but also for their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds.

We encourage non-profit organizations to browse our 2018-2019 Speakers Directory and to apply for a Florida Talks or Speakers Series program. Learn more about each program below.

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

Speaking engagements in 2016/2017:

Programs Offered:

Our Speakers Directory has information for all presenters and available presentation topics. Organizations can work with presenters in three ways:

Florida Talks

Whether you have an interest in art and architecture, or you want to learn more about the state’s connection to soul music, Florida Talks enable organizations to host a one-off, single speaking event in their community. Applying organizations can receive up to $500 to bring a speaker to their community.

Download Florida Talks Guidelines: Word | PDF | Text Only


Speakers Series

The Florida Humanities Speakers Series is an opportunity to deliver a series of high-quality humanities programs to your community. Organizations hosting a Speakers Series will recruit and facilitate a series of four to six engaging talks with expert historians, storytellers, researchers, and authors.

Download Speaker Series Guidelines: Word | PDF | Text Only



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Need Help?

FHC staff members are happy to provide guidance via phone to help complete an application, determining eligibility, addressing budgetary questions, as well as troubleshooting technical difficulties with electronic forms. Staff comments and suggestions are based solely on prior experience with speaking programs. Adherence to staff suggestions does not guarantee approval.

Please contact staff well in advance of an application deadline to ensure a prompt reply.

General Speaker Questions:
Alex Buell

Technical Questions:
Lisa Lennox

These programs are funded in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture’.