INseparable Speakers Bureau

The Indiana Humanities INseparable Speakers Bureau is a curated list of fun and informative presentations, discussions and workshops from Indiana scholars on urban, rural and suburban dynamics in the Hoosier state.

INseparable Speakers Bureau

Indiana Humanities’ newest thematic initiative, INseparable, explores how Hoosiers relate to each other across boundaries and considers what it will take to indeed be inseparable, in all the ways that matter. The conclusion drawn from the near-constant polling, media commentary, and academic analysis of the past two years is that America is culturally divided by its geography and that Americans see each other differently depending on whether they live in rural, suburban or urban communities. 

To help Hoosiers understand and talk about urban, suburban and rural differences and connections, Indiana Humanities has curated a new speakers bureau of talks and workshops by Indiana scholars and experts. Talks explore many aspects of urban, suburban and rural dynamics at play through history and today. From beer to water, Brown County to Gary, maps to Middletown, speakers provide a variety of lenses for thinking about the ways we are, or are not, inseparable.

The first round of applications, for events taking place between June 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020, opens on Tuesday, March 12, and closes on Friday, May 3. Applicants will receive notification the week of May 6 for programs beginning June 1 or later. All speaking engagements must be completed by December 31, 2020. We’ll give special consideration to organizations that have not already received funds through other INseparable grant opportunities.


Applications are now open to host a speaker. To book a speaker, review the available talks in the catalog then contact the speaker to arrange a mutually agreeable date and time to give the presentation (please note, talks must take place on or after June 1, 2019). Once you have arranged a date and time with the speaker, complete the online application form. Applications are open to any tax-exempt organization in Indiana, including libraries, schools, community centers, local government organizations and others.

If selected, Indiana Humanities will pay the speaker’s fee directly. Host organizations agree to cover any travel costs requested by the speaker and to submit a final report to Indiana Humanities. Indiana Humanities will provide host organizations with a template agreement letter to use as they finalize the details of their event with the speaker.


Contact Megan Telligman, program manager ( / 317.616.9409).