Overview: Discover the Humanities One-On-One in S.D.
SDHC's Speakers Bureau offers a depth of topics that groups across South Dakota can bring to their communities. The Council supports nearly 150 Speakers Bureau events annually, across a range of humanities-related subjects.
The benefit in this program lies in the ease in which a group can bring humanities programming to the community. Now, up to four times each year!
Each speaker offers a specialized program, and many speakers offer multiple programs. Some presentations are specific to the South Dakota and Northern Plains experiences, while others explore greater themes of society and the human experience.
As CDC guidelines change, so do we ...
After a recent check on the CDC website, we will be putting the following into place for those who have been fully vaccinated:
• You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
• You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
• If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
• You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
Scholar and the host organization can agree as to best policy and follow local guidance. We will no longer require masking and distancing – unless/until the CDC changes direction again. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Program Host Info
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS
Any organization is eligible to apply. The applicant organization does not need to be located in South Dakota, but the program must take place within the state. Hosted programs should be free to attend with no compulsory admission/other fee imposed.
Typical applicants include libraries, museums, historical sites, historical societies, parks, tribal entities, K-12 schools, colleges and universities as well as community center and agencies that are open to the public.
The SDHC expects:
- The presentation be hosted at a facility with comfortable accommodations.
- The program will be approximately 45 minutes with time for Q&A.
- A good faith effort in promoting the event beyond the organization's members. The council provides tools to help groups promote their SDHC-supported events.
- Acknowledgment of the council's sponsorship.
Follow these "next steps" in applying to host a scholar from the Speakers Bureau.
- Contact a scholar directly.
- Set a date for the event. Allow a minimum of 45 minutes per presentation.
- Apply to host a Speakers Bureau scholar with the $50 ($25 virtual) application fee* 4-6 weeks before the program.
(*No grants will be awarded without the accompanying fee. Sponsoring organizations should also have no "open" grants residing in our database. Open grants entail missing paperwork or grant fees from previously approved or completed programs.)
- Promote your event. Thank the SDHC and NEH. Consult our promotional tips.
- Complete the evaluation form.
Organizations may apply for up to six Speakers Bureau programs per the 2021 SDHC fiscal year (Nov. 1, 2020 - Oct. 31, 2021). The $50 ($25) fee applies per program.
Prospective Scholar Info
Are you interested in applying to be part of the SDHC Speakers Bureau?
To apply, email email@example.com or call the SDHC office at 605-688-6113. Applications are open on a rolling basis with a deadline of August 1st each year. The SDHC Program Committee will review applications no later than the early part of September and vetted scholars will be notified. Click below to read more.