The Wyoming Humanities Council invites proposals for the 2011 Humanities Forum from anyone with professional training in the humanities, including professors, teachers, museum or library staff, and independent researchers. The deadline for proposals is May 31.
Forum presenters travel near and far in Wyoming, interacting with adult and youth audiences and engaging them in a humanities topic. Presentations generally run 30 to 40 minutes, followed by 20 to 30 minutes of carefully planned discussion with and among audience members.
The best programs combine compelling humanities topics with a dynamic presentation style and critical thinking on the part of the audience. Any topic that can be approached through the humanities is welcome. Programs must be balanced and may not advocate policies or positions.
Presenters receive an honorarium of $150, plus reimbursement for mileage, lodging, and meals. Presenters respond directly to booking requests from program sponsors and may schedule programs to accommodate work and other commitments. Presenters should be generally available for programs between November 1 and October 31. Successful applicants will have the option of offering their presentations for a second year through the Humanities Forum.
Due to the upcoming Museum on Main Street Smithsonian Institution exhibit tour Key Ingredients, presentations about foodways and food history are especially welcome. Proposals for humanities presentations in Spanish are also sought.
If your expertise includes the study of history, literature, religion, theory of the arts, folklore, languages, political science, law, ethics, philosophy, or related fields, the council welcomes your application. You can learn more about the program at the Humanities Forum page of our web site. Please contact Jenny Ingram at (307) 721-9247 or jingram (at) uwyo (dot) edu to discuss your topic before you apply!