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AZ Speaks

Important AZ Speaks 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Update

March 30, 2017

Since November 1, 2016, AZ Speaks has booked over 200 presentations reaching nearly 8,000 people in 47 communities across Arizona. Due to its popularity, we have reached our capacity for this fiscal year (Nov 1-Oct 31). At this time, new applications for AZ Speaks programs from the current catalog are closed.

Stay tuned for the release of the new AZ Speaks catalog in June 2017 for booking programs between November 1, 2017 – October 31, 2018.

If your library is interested in hosting a FRANK Talk, please visit: http://azhumanities.org/programs/frank-talks. FRANK Talks is our newest program that offers expert facilitated discussions on important issues. 


About AZ Speaks
az speaks roster 2015 2017

The 2015-2017 AZ Speaks presenters

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:

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 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.

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.

Hosting Requirements

  • 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.

Program Fees

  • 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:

  1. 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. 
  2. Contact the speaker to schedule his or her participation. Speaker contact information is available in the Speakers catalog under the Speakers Bio.
  3. 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.
  4. Once your application is processed, we will provide follow-up steps to administer your program. (Allow two weeks for your application to be processed.)
  5. 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.

AZ Speaks Catalogs
AZ Speaks Host Resources

Manage Your AZ Speaks Program


Dyadira Fajardo, Programs and Grants Coordinator

602-257-0335 x23 or dfajardo@azhumanities.org