Horizons Speakers Bureau

The Horizons Speakers Bureau provides humanities lecturers to New Jersey non-profits. Organizations pay a modest application fee and choose a lecture from our wide-ranging catalog of topics and speakers. NJCH pays the speakers’ fees and travel expenses. It is easy to book a humanities scholar to speak at your next event, read below to learn more.
 

 

 

Click on a tab to select a topic.

To receive an answer, click on a question below.

For more detailed information, please click on the other tabs.

Any New Jersey nonprofit organization that is able to provide an appropriate site and space for at least thirty people is eligible to apply. Programs are frequently hosted by libraries, historical societies, museums, civic associations, public agencies, senior centers, and other community groups.

All organizations that apply must agree to keep the program free and open to the general public.

There is a $50 registration fee per program that must be submitted with each application.

PLEASE NOTE: NJCH pays the speaker’s honorarium and travel expenses.

Host organizations are responsible for all other expenses including, but not limited to, room rental, equipment rental, refreshments, and publicity.

Yes, but please consider the speaker’s schedule and public audience. If you are unsure whether the program will be able to start at the advertised time, it is best to conduct other activities after the program is over.

Please remember that our speakers’ may have time limitations and many travel a great distance to do programs. It is important to clearly communicate to them the actual start time of the program, particularly if you are planning on holding the program in conjunction with a business meeting, meal, or other social event.

Eligible organizations may host two programs between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015 and two programs between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016.

Preference may be given to organizations that have not yet hosted a Horizons Speakers Bureau program.

Applications should be submitted at least two months before the date you wish to schedule your program.

NJCH is accepting applications for programs taking place up until October 31, 2016.

No, we required that programs be free and open to the public.

Please Note: If the program is at a museum, regular entrance fees may be collected but no additional fee may be charged for the program.

Our speakers do their best to accommodate your schedule, but you may not get your first choice. Organizations frequently end up scheduling their programs on a date and time different than what was identified on their application.

Circumstances change and no one can predict the weather months in advance. While we realize you may need to reschedule your event, you are required to inform both the speaker and NJCH of any changes. If you need to cancel your program the day of the event due to weather, please give the speaker sufficient notice.

Yes. If your organization is a government entity, such as a library, park, or county/municipal senior center, you may submit a purchase order with your application.

How does my organization apply to host a Horizons Speakers Bureau program?

1. Read the FAQ to see if your organization is eligible to host a program.

2. Review the program listings on our website to identify a speaker and topic. On the right hand side of this page, you can browse topics or search keywords.

3. Select a preferred date and time that you would like to host your program. Applications must be submitted at least two months in advance of the date you are planning to schedule your program.

4. Complete the application and mail it to NJCH along with the $50 application fee. There is a $50 application fee per program. Libraries and other government agencies may submit purchase orders with their applications.

5. After NJCH receives and reviews your application, the Speakers Bureau Coordinator will contact you by email within five business days. Click on the next tab, How to Schedule, for more information on scheduling programs.


Click to Download an Application

Please Note: Our speakers do their best to accommodate your schedule, but you may not get your first choice. Organizations frequently end up scheduling their programs on a date and time that is different than what was identified on their applications.

How do I schedule a program?

Please Note: Our speaker’s time is limited. It is important to clearly communicate to them the actual start time of the program, particularly if you are planning on holding the program in conjunction with a business meeting, meal, or other social event.

1. After NJCH receives and reviews your application, the Speakers Bureau Coordinator will contact you by email and provide the contact information for the speaker you have selected.

2. Contact the speaker to schedule the program. Your organization (not NJCH) is responsible for making arrangements with the speaker.

3. Once the arrangements have been finalized contact the Speakers Bureau Coordinator by email to confirm the date and time of the program.

Please Note: Our speakers do their best to accommodate your schedule, but you may not get your first choice. Organizations frequently end up scheduling their programs on a date and time that is different than what was identified on their applications.

In the event you need to reschedule an event, you must inform both the speaker and the Speakers Bureau Coordinator. If bad weather or other circumstances cause you to cancel your program on the day of due to weather, you must provide the speaker sufficient notice.

My organization has scheduled a program, how do we prepare for our program?

To learn more about preparing for your program, please review the Program Checklist.

Program Checklist (Click to View)

How do we publicize our program?

To learn more about publicizing your program, please review the program checklist.

Publicity Guide (Click to View)

Our program is over. What else does my organization need to do?

After the program is completed you must submit a completed Program Director’s Final Report including a budget summary, tabulated survey data and completed audience surveys. Completed final reports are due no later than three weeks after the program date.

Click to Download Final Report

More Program Resources

Can’t find a speaker from our list? Please visit the Rutgers Speakers Bureau.

Questions? Please contact James Kirkland, Program Coordinator at jkirkland@njch.org or 609.695.4838.

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