Program overview

Apply to become a Road Scholar presenter for the 2018-2020 season.

OVERVIEW: Since 1997, our Road Scholars Speakers Bureau has invited Illinois writers, storytellers, historians, folklorists, musicians, and living history actors, among others, to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout our state. It also enables local nonprofit organizations – including libraries, museums, arts councils, historical societies, civic groups, and many others – to present free-admission cultural programs of high quality to their communities for a modest fee.

Our Road Scholars Speakers Bureau roster typically features speakers hailing from many different communities across Illinois who offer presentations on topics in history, archaeology, philosophy, literature, theater, film, music, politics, and other subjects that pique one’s curiosity and surprise the intellect. The breadth of these offerings reflects our conviction that the humanities can help us to examine the world in all its varied shades and discover in it the remarkable, the strange, the fantastic, the tragic, the humorous, and the beautiful.

Whether you’re an organization interested in hosting a Road Scholars presentation or a potential speaker, we invite you to let your curiosity wander and learn more about the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

2017-2018 Roster of Presentations

Questions? Please contact Matt Meacham via email or by phone at (618) 468-5580.

Questions? Please contact Matt Meacham via email or by phone at (618) 468-5580.

How to Host a Road Scholars Speakers Bureau Event

Please read each of the following entries carefully to ensure that your organization completes the process successfully from beginning to end.
If you have questions or would like assistance at any point in the process, please contact Matt Meacham at matt.meacham@ilhumanities.org or (618) 468-5580.

How to Become a Speaker

Frequently Asked Questions