AZ Speaks (formerly the Speakers Bureau) is AH’s longest running and most popular program. We provide low-cost, high-quality public presentations across Arizona, through a roster of cultural experts and scholars, encouraging audiences to think, learn and connect through conversation.
AZ Speaks delivers the best in humanities scholarship. Our diverse and engaging speakers cover a variety of topics, including film, history and heritage, archaeology, literature, gender and identity, and science and medicine. Speakers are carefully selected based on their expertise and ability to offer content and insight that inspires discussion with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
To reach as many Arizonans as possible, we work closely with a wide range of organizations, including public libraries, schools, museums, historical and archaeological societies, retirement homes, community centers and civic organizations. Best of all, these presentations are free to the public!
Please visit our calendar to find a speaker event in your area.
Host a Speaker
We encourage all nonprofit organizations to apply to host a speaker. Review our application guidelines.
The Road Scholars program brings the best in humanities scholarship to virtually every corner of Arizona. Presentations are designed to connect local experts to an inquiring public, and foster lively discussions on cultural and historical topics.
History Alive presents scholars assuming the roles of significant figures from the past. Scholars present as historical characters, and answer questions from the character’s perspective. They end by stepping out of character and answering questions as themselves, providing scholarly context and insight.
Speakers in the Schools
The Speakers in the Schools program offers FREE top-quality lectures on a wide variety of humanities subjects relevant to Arizona K-12 curricula. Speakers work directly with teachers prior to the program in order to tailor the presentation to a specific grade level, meeting Arizona educational standards.