Helping bring live public humanities programming to communities around the state.

Chuy Martinez playing the guitar

The Speakers Bureau is an easy way to bring high quality humanities programs to your community. You can book a single event, or even curate a series or whole day of programming! Our catalog has over 40 programs for you to choose from, presented by experts. The catalog has poets, musicians, dancers, historians, story tellers and Chautauqua presenters who perform in character as historic figures. Each Speaker uses their knowledge and unique perspective to engage audiences with a variety of topics such as New Mexico history, folklore, life in the borderlands, Native American history and environmentalism.

The Speakers Bureau is available to any nonprofit and school around New Mexico to use, and is especially well suited for small organizations who may not otherwise have the budget to host or produce humanities programs. Host organizations are no longer required to pay a booking fee. Instead, host organizations are required to meet a one-to-one match, which can be met through volunteer hours, services and materials, providing a venue, and even paid staff time spent planning and executing the event!

The New Mexico Humanities Council will provide funding for the Speaker’s honorarium ($250), and reimbursement for lodging, mileage and meals at the federal rates. These rates change approximately once a year, and can be checked here. NMHC strives to keep our forms up to date with current rates.

Remember to read the booking guidelines before applying for funds, as the process has changed post-COVID. If you have any questions, visit our staff directory and reach out to Speakers Bureau Manager Keelyn Byram.

Play Video
Logo for the Nusenda Credit Union who is a sponsor of the Speaker Bureau.

We are pleased to provide financial support and continue our commitment to building long-lasting relationships with organizations that are also focused on making a difference in their community.
Joe Christian, Nusenda Credit Union President and CEO



It is important to celebrate heritage and history months such as Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Women’s History Month. However it’s also important to remember that these histories and heritages do not stop being relevant because the calendar has changed. It is always a good time to learn with a program from NMHC’s Speakers Bureau. Celebrate the people, stories and lessons 365 days a year!


  • Historian, Sherri Burr
    FOCUS: Black history

  • Chautauqua performer Deb Blanche as Laura Gilpin, Nina Otero-Warren, and Emma Tenayuca
    FOCUS: Women’s history and NM history

  • Historian and music scholar, Arnold Herrera, presenting on Cochiti Pueblo
    FOCUS: N.M. history, Native American history and music

  • Poet Laureate, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington
    FOCUS: Black history and civil rights

  • Scholar Gabriela Moreno, presenting current issues
    FOCUS: Life in the borderlands as N.M. history

  • Chautauqua performer and historian, Steve Morgan as Aldo Leopold
    FOCUS: N.M. history and environmentalism

  • Storyteller, Susi Wolf
    FOCUS: Folklore and environmentalism