The Speaker’s Bureau consists of programs presented by historians, writers, and storytellers to communities throughout Mississippi. Available programs cover a wide variety of subjects, such as contemporary blues music, the history of Mississippi’s POW camps, or how the Civil Rights Movement transformed the state. Local nonprofit organizations can book a Speaker’s Bureau program for no cost.
Organizations interested in hosting a speaker must submit an application at least four weeks prior to the proposed event, and they must ensure that their selected Speaker’s Bureau lecture is free and open to the public. Scholars interested in becoming a member of the Speaker’s Bureau can download and fill out this form.
Available presentation topics include:
- “A History of the Guitar in Spain and Cultural Development Through the 20th Century,” Michael A. Boyd
- “A Look at Mande (West African) Culture Through Traditional Music,” Jerry Jenkins
- “A New History of Mississippi,” Dennis Mitchell
- “Ain’t That America? History and Culture in the Country,” James C. Giesen
- See the rest of the list here