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News and Highlights from Arizona Humanities

Bring a Speaker To Your Town

Speakers available for fall and winter programming

Calling all libraries, non-profits, museums, community centers, and others! While summer heat and monsoons are still here, don’t delay booking speakers for fall programs. AZ Speaks programs are easy to arrange and inexpensive to host. You can also book several speakers for a series to pique different interests and tastes. If you are interested in hosting a speaker in your community, read the guidelines, view the catalog, and call us if you have any questions.

You might not know that AZ Speaks is more than just Arizona history and archaeology. Speakers cover many different humanities subjects that include: sustainability issues, philosophy, cities and urban planning, memory and family, humor, storytelling, placemaking, media, filmmaking, writing, and more!

Some highlighted favorites:

  • Eastern Europe’s Dramatic Democratic Revolution with Dan Fellner (Every day, Ukraine and Russia are in the news. Go on a journey to Eastern Europe and explore the region’s recent history and rapid transformation to learn about the challenges still facing this vitally important geopolitical area.)
  • The Art of Shaping the Sky: James Turrell’s Roden Crater Project with Matthew Goodwin (Did you know aritst James Turrell, who received a National Endowment for the Arts Medal, is building a naked-eye observatory at the site of an extinct volcano called Roden Crater in Northern Arizona?)
  • Monsters, Magic, and the Movies with Lili DeBarbieri (Have you and your family gone to see a spooky blockbuster movie this summer? Explore the connections with literature, re-tellings, and pop culture of well-known films such as Dracula and The Haunting of Hill House.)

And remember, Speakers in the Schools presentations are FREE for K-12 schools. Speakers work with educators to fulfill Arizona education standards. Read more about the Speakers in the Schools program.

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