Inquiring Idaho

Inquiring Idaho (formerly known as IHC Speakers Bureau) is a program that serves as a bridge between organizations interested in hosting presentations on a variety of humanities-related topics and speakers who are passionate and knowledgeable about a specific topic.

Inquiring Idaho is designed primarily for organizations that involve adults interested in lifelong learning in rural and urban areas. Speakers are available to talk to seniors, historical organizations, service groups, public library audiences, religious organizations, professional organizations, or any non-profit community groups.

If you were involved with Speakers Bureau in the past, please read the Program Guidelines below as some key elements of the program have changed following a two-year break in programming. All former Speakers' Bureau participants must submit a new application.

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Inquiring Idaho Speaker Applications Now Open

Do you love getting to know various communities and creating connections? Applications to serve as an Inquiring Idaho speaker are currently being accepted online through February 15th, 2022. All former Speakers' Bureau participants must submit a new application. Speakers receive honoraria and paid expenses directly from the Council.

Detailed information on current topics, qualifications for speakers, compensation, and more can be found on the Program Guidelines.

After reviewing the guidelines, please contact Debra Schlecte at 208-345-5346 or at if you have any questions about eligibility for the program.

Once speakers are selected by a committee of IHC staff and board members, applications for hosts interested in booking an Inquiring Idaho speaker will be available on IHC's website in March.

New speaker topics for 2022:

  1. Native American History and Narratives
  2. Immigration/Migration/Refugee Experience
  3. Medical Humanities
  4. Environmental Humanities
  5. Pop Culture Through the Years
  6. Idaho History: People, Places, Things
  7. UNESCO Heritage Sites
  8. Art and the West
  9. Regional Cultures of the US
  10. Latino/a Culture
  11. African American Culture
  12. Asian Culture
  13. Idaho Constitution

The views expressed by our speakers do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) or the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC).