A slate of more than 80 speakers with the SDHC’s Speakers Bureau offers a depth of topics that groups across South Dakota can bring to their communities. The Council supports nearly 150 Speakers Bureau events annually, across a range of humanities-related subjects.
The benefit in this program lies in the ease in which a group can bring humanities programming to the community up to three times each year.
In 2016 SDHC celebrated excellence through book festival readings, food demonstrations, beer tastings and literary exhibits. Cultural partnerships brought 13 Pulitzer Prize winners in letters, journalism and composition to
the state to explore civil unrest, the sounds of the ocean, and the costs of war. SDHC quenched cultural thirst, reaching 47,299 people in 72 communities. More than 5,000 third graders met the author of the free book they received.
Each speaker offers a specialized program, and many speakers offer multiple programs. Some presentations are specific to the South Dakota and Northern Plains experiences, while others explore greater themes of society and the human experience.