Experienced Speakers available for talks on U.S. History Through Diverse Perspectives

Humanities Nebraska announced that 29 topics from its Speakers Bureau have been specially selected to represent the National Endowment for the Humanities special initiative “A More Perfect Union” in advancing civic education and commemorating the nation’s 250th Anniversary.

With a goal of helping American’s better understand the world’s oldest constitutional democracy and how our founding ideals are met in a pluralistic society, Nebraska non-profit organizations can apply to bring a speaker to their location to explore these topics.

Programs from this list are available at a special rate of $25 for the first application in a calendar year and $50 for a second application in the same calendar year. The usual two application limit is also waived, allowing a third application from this list at the $50 rate.

Applications for any of these programs scheduled between November 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022 are now being accepted.

Presentations on the list include:

A Century of Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating the 19th Amendment by Dianne Bystrom

Aaron Douglas, UNL Class of ’22: Visual Artist of the Harlem Renaissance by Peggy Jones

Adam Clayton Powell: A Living History Presentation by Preston Love, Jr.

African-American Soldiers in the Civil War: Fighting on Two Fronts by Spencer Davis

Ahead of Their Time – The Story of the Omaha Deporres Club by Matthew Holland

America in the Eyes of an Islamic Fundamentalist by John Calvert

Audacious, Nebraska Saga by Descendants of DeWitty present

Beverly Deepe Keever: An Unconventional Woman for an Unconventional War by Thomas Berg

The Burckhardts: An African-American Epic by Dawn Connelly

Completing, Remembering, and Forgetting the Civil War by Fred Nielsen

Diaries and Letters of Early Nebraska Settlers by Lucy Adkins and Marge Saiser

Diversity: I Was a Stranger by Ella and Samuel Rathod present

Dust Bowl Descent by Bill Ganzel

Fight Against Slavery on the Great Plains: Nebraska’s Underground Railroad by William Hayes

Frederick Douglass – The Voice of Abolition by Spencer Davis

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith by Maisha Godare

I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice by Joe Starita

Kings of Broken Things: Bystanders, Historical Wounds and the Omaha Race Riot of 1919 by Theodore Wheeler

Latinos: Searching for the Good Life in Nebraska by Ben Salazar

Lewis and Clark: What Was Their Value Worth? – Seaman, York, Sacagawea and Pomp Stories by Renae Hunt

Nebraska’s Mexican American Legacy by Jose Francisco Garcia

Nebraska’s Winding Road to Statehood: In the Footsteps of a Female Settler by Sara Brandes Crook

The Origins of American Environmentalism by Fred Nielsen

Overland Trails: The Children on the Trail by Renae Hunt

Paul Revere’s Ride by Donald Hickey

Plains Tribes and the Homestead Act by Nancy Gillis

The Role of Church and School in Rural Nebraska by Paul Campbell

Understanding American Indian Tribal Governments by Wynema Morris

Urbanization and Native Americans by Jerome Kills Small

Walking with a Dream: John Neihardt’s Preparation for Black Elk Speaks by Timothy Anderson

Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor by Joe Starita

For a full description of each topic or to book one of these speakers, please visit our online catalog and select “US History/Diverse Perspectives” from the left side menu.