Do you want to have conversations with your neighbors to explore and contemplate the Anthropocene, Indiana’s environmental history, climate change, environmental racism and other topics related to the Unearthed theme? Indiana Humanities has curated a speakers bureau of talks and workshops by Hoosier scholars and experts. From writing haiku inspired by our natural world to conversations about what it means for Hoosiers to be living on indigenous lands, the speakers provide a variety of points of entry to join the statewide conversation.

About the Speakers Bureau

How it works

Applications to host a speaker at your organization–for free–are currently closed. Applications will reopen in the spring of 2022.

If selected through the application process, Indiana Humanities will pay the speaker’s fee ($400) directly. Host organizations agree to cover any travel costs requested by the speaker and to submit an event notification and final report to Indiana Humanities. A template agreement letter is provided by Indiana Humanities for hosts to use as they finalize the details of their event with the speaker, along with resources to get the word out, like posters and a template press release.

How to apply

Applications to host a speaker are currently closed but will reopen in spring of 2022.

To book a speaker through the application process, you can review the catalog, select your top three choices, then fill out an online application form. Applications are open to any tax-exempt organization in Indiana, including libraries, schools, community centers, local government organizations and others.

If your organization is not eligible to host a speaker, or you would like to host outside of the application period, you can contact the speaker directly to negotiate rates, dates and other event information.

Attend a talk

The following organizations will host a speaker in 2021-2022. For more information on the talk, including the date and location, contact the host site or peruse Indiana Humanities’ calendar of events.

Organization City Speaker
Bartholomew County Public Library Columbus Suzannah Evans Comfort
Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability Indianapolis Ava Tomasula y Garcia
City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Bloomington Autumn Brunelle
Earlham College Center for Environmental Leadership Richmond Benjamin Clark
Eckhart Public Library Auburn James Coby
Franklin Central High School Creative Writing Club Indianapolis Adam Henze
GreeND Notre Dame Luke Gascho
Indiana University Northwest Gary Scott Hess
Ivy Tech Community College Hamilton County Campus Noblesville Autumn Brunelle
Jeffersonville Township Public Library Jeffersonville Kay Westhues
Johnson County Public Library Greenwood Adam Henze
Knox County Public Library Vincennes Cassie Hauswald
Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site Fountain City Benjamin Clark
Little River Wetlands Project Fort Wayne Joel Pontius
Little River Wetlands Project Fort Wayne Nancy Germano
Middlebury Public Library Middlebury Joel Pontius
Monroe County Community School Corporation Bloomington Autumn Brunelle
New Carlisle Olive Township Public Library New Carlisle Krista Bailey
Peabody Public Library Columbia City Katy Didden
Science Central Fort Wayne Frederick “Fritz” Rowe Davis
Shirley Heinze Land Trust Valparaiso Krista Bailey
Sierra Club, Hoosier Chapter, Winding Waters Group Columbus Philip Anderson
The Ruthmere Foundation, Inc Elkhart Luke Gascho
Wild Rose Moon Plymouth Ryan Schnurr


Resources for Hosting a Speakers Bureau Program

Are you hosting a speakers bureau program? These resources are designed to help you host a successful event!