Speakers Introduction

From unique Kentucky cuisine and music to politics, Kentucky culture, and African American history, our Speakers Bureau features a fantastic group of the Commonwealth's finest scholars, historians, writers, and poets. A description of each presentation is included to assist you in finding the perfect program for your group.


  1. Speakers are available to community groups anywhere in Kentucky. Minimum audience size: 25 adults.
  2. The Speakers Bureau is not available at reduced cost to college sponsors as part of course credit. It is available at full cost ($300) to these groups and to for-profit organizations.
  3. Admission to Speakers Bureau programs must be free if you are hosting a reduced-cost event. Admission may be charged at full-cost programs.
  4. Kentucky Humanities pays each speaker's honorarium and travel directly. Sponsors are responsible for overnight accommodations, if needed.
  5. This booking season will end July 31, 2023. Reduced cost programs are available until funds run out. Submit your request early to get your event on the calendar.
  6. An assisted-listening device for people with hearing loss is available from Kentucky Humanities. Your sponsor's packet will include instructions for acquiring it.
  7. When booking speakers, please be sure to ask about equipment needs and the availability of virtual programs.

Some speakers have travel restrictions. Please review their listing and check the map before booking your event.