How to Schedule a Speaker

At least two months before the date of your program, contact your preferred speaker directly, explaining that you are requesting a lecture through Humanities Iowa (HI) Speakers Bureau. Confirm that he/she is available on the date of your program. If the speaker you have chosen is not available, contact another speaker. Our staff will be happy to offer suggestions.

Some speakers prefer to give talks only in the general region in which they live. If a speaker agrees to travel to your region, HI will compensate a speaker for mileage at a rate of $0.40 per mile up to 385 miles roundtrip. No other travel costs will be covered by HI.

It is important to remind the speakers you contact that the arrangement is tentative and depends on approval of an award from HI.

Remember: Do not apply for a Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau presentation until you have contacted the speaker. Your application will not be processed by HI if you have not contacted your speaker first to determine his/her availability and eligibility.

Complete the HI Speakers Bureau Application form and send it to HI at least ONE MONTH before the date of your program. Please also include your payment via check or pay online. Online payments are through, which is also used for donations. Please include a copy of your receipt with your application via mail, fax, or email. It is important to plan ahead! Allow enough time for publicity - we want you to have a successful event with an audience of at least 20 people.

Await notification from HI stating that HI has approved your application.

For questions, please contact us.