Connecting with humanities experts is easy:
The catalog lists people by name, region, and topics. Regions listed indicate where Speakers Bureau members live. Please note that many people are willing to travel far and wide beyond their home region. Topics indicate areas of expertise, as well as presentations offered.
Contact information for each member of the Speakers Bureau is provided. Please contact people directly to discuss your particular needs, audience, and organization. If the presentations listed are not exactly what you are looking for, most members of the Speakers Bureau will work with you to develop something to suit your specific situation.
Similarly, if your organization is developing a public humanities program or community project and you would like help, many members of the Speakers Bureau are willing to consult with you to shape the project from a humanities perspective.
The Wisconsin Humanities Council’s grant program offers financial support (through a competitive grant program) for public humanities programs. If your organization is interested in applying for WHC funds, click here for information, and call the WHC office at 608-262-0706 to discuss.
Examples of creative projects that involve collaborative planning with humanities experts and that meet the WHC grant guidelines include, but are by no means limited to…
* A series of community suppers designed to bring together residents for non-partisan civic dialogue, facilitated by a humanities expert, about issues of current concern
* Collaboration between a PK-12 teacher, an anthropologist and museum educator to develop innovative humanities curricula on Hmong history and culture
* A book discussion program that brings together teachers and parents to read young adult literature as a way to share concerns about the challenges facing a community’s youth
* An oral history project that collects the stories of people who have, in various ways, changed the face of their community, and that presents those stories to the community through a performance
* A thematically organized film series at which a humanities expert offers introductions to the films and leads an audience discussion afterward
* The research and production of an interpretive exhibit about Wisconsin’s Native American history created through a collaboration between museum staff, K-12 teachers and their students, and a professor from a local college
* Planning, research, script review or other assistance from humanities experts that enriches the content of a media project such as a documentary or Website