AZ Speaks is the longest running and most popular program of Arizona Humanities.
The program is a great way for non-profits, libraries, educational institutions, K-12 schools, governmental and tribal entities to enjoy interesting and engaging humanities-based programs. Each year, AZ Speaks delivers hundreds of engaging presentations throughout Arizona.
AZ Speaks presenters represent a diverse range of expertise, from a variety of professional backgrounds including: civic engagement, film and media, cultural and gender studies, and more. 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.
Types of Presentations
Within AZ Speaks, there are three types of speakers or presentations:
ROAD SCHOLARS 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 History Alive presents scholars assuming the roles of significant historical figures. Scholars present as historical figures, and answer questions from the figure’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 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.
Eligibility and Fees
AZ Speaks eligible organizations include: nonprofit organizations (such as a library, historical society, museum, social-service organization or community center), educational institutions, tribal entities, government entities or other organizations at the discretion of Arizona Humanities. Closed membership organizations are not eligible.
The AZ SPEAKS presentation must be free and open to the public – Presentations may not be scheduled for closed audiences such as classes, membership meetings, docent trainings, or conference sessions. Hosts may not require participants to pay a fee or buy a meal to attend.
Allow at least one hour for each presentation, including sufficient time for conversation.
Generate publicity for the program, and secure an audience of at least 30 people. Publicity must be generated beyond the host organization’s membership and Arizona Humanities must be acknowledged in all promotional and printed materials. Arizona Humanities provides logos and resources for managing your AZ Speaks program under the Hosting Organizations page.
There is a $100 administrative fee for each Road Scholar and History Alive program
Speakers in the Schools programs are FREE of charge to Arizona K-12 educational institutions.
Arizona Humanities covers the cost of speaker honoraria, travel, lodging, and meals.
Host organizations are responsible for the administration, promotion, and evaluation of each presentation.
How to Apply
If you are interested in hosting an AZ Speaks presentation, please follow the steps below:
Review the AZ SPEAKS Catalogs and select the speaker(s) and presentation(s) you are interested in hosting. *NEW* Organizations can now book presentations starting July 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017.
Contact the speaker to schedule his or her participation. Speaker contact information is available in the Speakers catalog under the Speakers Bio.
Go to the Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks Host Portal located on the AZ Speaks Host Resources page and complete the online application form. You should contact the speaker and submit your application at least four weeks before the presentation is to take place.
Once your application is processed, we will provide follow-up steps to administer your program. (Allow two weeks for your application to be processed.)
There is no limit to the number of times your organization may request speakers.
Become a Speaker
Are you are interested in serving as a speaker? Do you enjoy engaging diverse audiences with interesting topics and knowledge? Sign-up for our email list and we will inform you when the application period opens.