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New Speakers Bureau Catalog

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Arizona Humanities is pleased to introduce the new Speakers Bureau catalog, featuring 78 speakers offering over 250 dynamic cultural and historical presentations. The Speakers Bureau is AH’s longest running and most popular program and it is a great way for non-profits, educational institutions, and governmental and tribal entities to enjoy interesting humanities-based programs that are inexpensive and easy to arrange. Each year, the Speakers Bureau delivers hundreds of engaging presentations to big cities and small towns across Arizona.

The speakers represent a diverse range of scholarship and expertise, including anthropology, art history, film studies, history and heritage, jurisprudence, and philosophy. Their presentations offer content and insight that inspires discussion and critical thinking among audiences of all ages and backgrounds. There are three categories of speaker, namely Road Scholars, History Alive, and Speakers in the Schools.

Road Scholars give engaging lecture-based presentations. Current topics include: the Navajo Code Talkers of the Second World War, artist James Turrell’s Roden Crater project, Arizona’s Civilian Conservation Corps, and Hohokam rock art. All Road Scholars programs conclude with a lively question and answer session.

History Alive speakers portray figures from the past, making for immersive and stimulating presentations. Audiences meet exciting figures in history, such as Bessie Coleman, early 20th-century aviator, George Bird Grinnell, the founder of the first Audubon Society, and Teresa Urrea, spiritual healer and reluctant political leader.

Speakers in the Schools provide interactive programs on a wide variety of humanities subjects relevant to Arizona K-12 curricula. Right in the classroom, these speakers bring alive such times and places as the Harlem Renaissance, the Ottoman Empire, and Dia de los Muertos.

To view the catalog and learn how your organization or school can host a speaker, visit the Speakers Bureau page.

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