Speakers Bureau

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 ...


Steps Everyone Can Take to Make Gatherings Safer

If you are attending a gathering, think about the steps you need to take to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.

  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.

Please contact us at info@sdhumanities.org with questions.


Program Host Info 


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.

  1. Contact a scholar directly. 
  2. Set a date for the event. Allow a minimum of 45 minutes per presentation.
  3. 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.)

  1. Promote your event. Thank the SDHC and NEH. Consult our promotional tips.
  2. Complete the evaluation form

Organizations may apply for up to six Speakers Bureau programs per the 2022 SDHC fiscal year (Nov. 1, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2022). If your organization is interested in additional grants in the SDHC fiscal year, contact the Programs & Data Coordinator, deb@sdhumanities.org, for consideration. 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 deb@sdhumanities.org 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.