How to Apply for a Speakers Bureau Presentation

PLEASE NOTE: The Speakers Bureau program will no longer accept applications from membership organizations. Eligible organizations must be oriented to the general, out-of-school adult public and cannot require a membership fee.

You may apply for a SB event online, or by filling out the PDF application and sending it to us by mail/email/fax.

Humanities Iowa (HI) Speakers Bureau presenters are available to talk with:

  • library groups
  • professional associations
  • arts councils
  • churches
  • PTAs
  • local historical societies or arts councils
  • employee associations or any other non-profit adult community group
  • ​Colleges, community colleges, Universities, and public schools can apply if programs are geared toward and open to the general public.

Who are your speakers?

We have an incredibly diverse collection of speakers with a wide range of presentation styles and topics. To see a full list of our current speakers, click here and look on the right of the page.

How much does it cost?

A fee of $50 must accompany the request for a HI speaker. HI will fully fund the speaker’s honorarium and reimburse the speaker for vehicle travel costs. If the speaker must stay overnight, the sponsoring organization must negotiate that expense with the speaker.

How do we pay?

You can submit a check or pay online. Online payments are through, which is also used for donations. If not applying through the online application, please include a copy of your receipt with your application via mail, fax, or email.

What do we have to do?

The local program coordinator will be asked to complete a one-page evaluation of the presentation, coordinate all arrangements with the speaker, and publicize the event locally - a suggested flier template is available upon request. That is it!

I have more questions.

The staff at HI will be happy to answer your questions. For questions, please contact us.


  • For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply for Speakers Bureau presentations.
  • Colleges, community colleges, universities and public schools can apply for the purpose of hosting a speaker for a public program that is geared toward the general public. The Speakers Bureau is not intended to supplement the teaching mission of educational institutions.
  • Programs may not be held for fundraising purposes.
  • They must be free and open to the public. (Programs held in conjunction with a dinner or luncheon may ask attendees to pay the cost for the meal only, and must advertise the presentation as free and open to the public).
  • Each organization may host up to three (3) presentations per HI’s fiscal year (Nov 1 – Oct 31).
  • A minimum of twenty (20) participants per program is required.