Seeking Traveling Scholars for Our Speakers Bureau

Humanities Washington is looking for applications for our 2015-16 Speakers Bureau! Executive Director Julie Ziegler describes the program, and what we’re seeking in speakers: part scholar, part tramp.

“I tramp a perpetual journey.”

                          – Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

Julie Ziegler

Julie Ziegler, Humanities Washington executive director

Humanities Washington is looking for tramps and travelers for our 2015-16 Speakers Bureau. Interested candidates should be eager to travel mountains and rivers, interstates and back roads, to spark conversation in communities small and large, from Aberdeen to Zillah. We’re seeking people who are passionate about literature, popular culture, photography, food, film, history and other humanities topics that are relevant to the people of Washington, and want to share their knowledge with those who call the Evergreen State “home.”

The Speakers Bureau (formerly Inquiring Mind) is one of our longest-standing and consistently most popular programs. Scholars visit libraries, museums, schools and other community centers, and through thought-provoking presentation encourage audiences to think, learn and engage in conversation. Speakers bring old friends and new acquaintances together to exchange perspectives and new ideas.

Last year, Speakers Bureau reached (count ‘em!) more than 10,500 Washingtonians with 234 programs – all free and open to the public. And we have many more events planned for 2014 . This April alone, audiences can choose from 25 presentations in all corners of the state. Discuss book-to-film adaptations with The Movie Mashup in Tumwater [Details], growing up in the Tri-Cities with My Hanford in Kennewick [Details], the history of comic books with Sequential Reaction in Moses Lake [Details], and many more. (To find a Speakers Bureau presentation near you visit our calendar (sortable by region) at As one enthusiastic audience member put it: “Events like this make me want to live in the library.”

So, please join us. Attend a presentation. Become a speaker. Forward this call to friends, and encourage them to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Engage with us – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

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For more information on becoming a speaker, visit Applications for the next roster of speakers are due April 25. We’re also offering a conference call March 26 to help make the application process as easy as possible. If you know of scholars who might be interested, please help us spread the word by forwarding this announcement to them!

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