Telling Kentucky's Story

Speakers Introduction

Effective 3/10/17 we have no reduced cost programs available for speakers for the remainder of our program year (through 7/31/17). The only bookings available are full-cost programs (cost $300).

Please note that the Speakers Bureau booking fee will increase to $175.00 effective 8/1/17. The full-cost programs will remain $300.

The 2016-17 catalog is your source for all things Kentucky. From unique Kentucky cuisine and music to government and African America 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.

Download the latest Kentucky Humanities Council 2016-2017 Humanities Catalog.

2016-2017 Speakers Roster

Calendar of Upcoming Chautauqua Presentations and Speakers Bureau Talks

How and When to Schedule KHC Speakers


  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. The Kentucky Humanities Council pays each speaker's honorarium and travel directly. Sponsors are responsible for overnight accommodations, if needed.
  5. All "featured speakers" will travel statewide. Some speakers may, as noted in the listings, restrict their travel to certain regions. Please review their listing and check the map before booking your event.
  6. This booking season will end July 31, 2017. Reduced cost programs are available until funds run out. Submit your request early to get your event on the calendar.
  7. An assisted-listening device for people with hearing loss is available from the Kentucky Humanities Council. Your sponsor's packet will include instructions for acquiring it.

Speakers Bureau Regional Travel Map

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