Horizons Speakers Bureau

Coming soon… The Public Scholars Project

This coming fall, the Horizons Speakers Bureau will transition to the Public Scholars Project (PSP). This change reflects advancements on our Strategic Plan. For more details on this program refresh, visit njch.org/announcements.

The Public Scholars Project will continue to provide opportunities for scholars to connect with nonprofit organizations for interactive presentations about a variety of humanities topics. However, new topics and more audience-focused activities will be featured in the PSP. We will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2017, please check back for updates.

Questions? Please contact James Kirkland, Manager of Operations, at jkirkland@njch.org or 609.695.4838, extension 221.

The Horizons Speakers Bureau has reach capacity for the program cycle ending on October 31, 2017; we are currently not accepting applications.

New Jersey nonprofit organizations are 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 public. If the program is at a museum, regular entrance fees may be collected but no additional fee may be charged for the program.

The program is filled and we are not accepting applications at this moment.

1. Review the catalog on our website to identify a speaker and topic. On the right hand side of this page, you can browse by topic or speaker last name.

2. Select a preferred date and time that you would like to host your program. Please submit applications at least six weeks in advance of the date you are requesting.

3. Complete the application and mail it to NJCH along with the $50 application fee.

4. After NJCH receives your application, you will be contacted by email within five business days with the speaker’s contact information and further instructions.

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

Government entities such as a libraries, parks, and county/municipal senior centers can submit purchase orders instead of a check with the application. Payment of the application fee will be due three weeks after the program date.

Please note that NJCH pays the speaker’s honorarium and travel expenses.

NJCH will refund the application fee if you cannot schedule a program to your satisfaction or if the program is cancelled and you do not wish to reschedule.

After NJCH receives your application, you will be contacted by email with the speaker’s contact information and instructions on how to schedule your program. Please note that host organizations, not NJCH staff, are responsible for scheduling programs.

Some things to keep in mind:

1. Our speakers do their best to accommodate your schedule, but organizations frequently end up scheduling their programs on a different date and time than was requested.

2. 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 another event.

3. 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, please give the speaker sufficient notice.

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

Program Checklist (Click to View)

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

Publicity Guide (Click to View)

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

Please Note: NJCH is taking a hiatus from collecting audience evaluations. We are in the processing of refining our evaluation methods and expect to have new surveys in the Fall of 2017. Audience evaluations are not required at this moment.

Click to View Final Report

More Program Resources

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

Questions? Please contact James Kirkland, Manager of Operations, at jkirkland@njch.org or 609.695.4838, extension 221

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