In recognition of the upcoming Bicentennial of Illinois statehood in 2018, Illinois Humanities, in partnership with the Illinois State Bicentennial Commission and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, seeks proposals for a special edition of its Road Scholars Speakers Bureau roster devoted to significant topics and themes in Illinois history and culture.
Proposed presentations in any format, addressing any aspect of the history or culture of our state – from Native American tribes to contemporary African immigrant communities; from Civil War generals to post-World War II Republican Congresswomen; from patchwork quilting to skyscraper design; from coal mines to sub-atomic particle accelerators – will be considered. Proposals for presentations that situate their specific subject matter within broader contexts of the Illinois’s history or culture and explain how it has contributed distinctively to life in our state would be especially appropriate.
Approximately thirty proposed presentations will be chosen for inclusion. Representatives of Illinois Humanities, the Illinois State Bicentennial Commission, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library will make the selections based on such criteria as the suitability of the proposed content and format for various audiences throughout Illinois, applicants’ communication skills and knowledge of the subject matter, and geographic distribution. Some degree of preference will be given to presenters who were included on the roster for the 2016-17 Road Scholars season, which was partially suspended because of the consequences of the state budget crisis. The presentations selected for the roster will be available to non-profit organizations throughout Illinois and the deadline for applications is August 15, 2017, at 6 pm.