AHF is seeking new Road Scholars to make presentations throughout the state of Alabama on a selected topic, usually speaking for 50 minutes and then answering questions for 10 minutes. Road Scholars typically speak three times a year and receive a modest honorarium for each engagement.
Road Scholars speak on topics in the humanities, including history, philosophy, language, literature, law, art history, archaeology, or anthropology. AHF will consider any topic in their field, but demand is particularly strong for presentations on Alabama history, folklore and literature.
AHF is especially interested in the following topics:
- Alabama Bicentennial
- Immigration History and Stories
- Civil War
- Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
- Immigration and the ever changing face of America
- Alabama Immigration (Germans, Greeks, Southeast Asians etc.)
- Inter-migration of African Americans
- America’s Westward Expansion
- Music History (Rock n’ Roll, Country, Hip-Hop, Jazz)
- Mark Twain, Truman Capote and other celebrated Alabama authors
- Alabama’s Native American history and heritage
- The Trail of Tears
- Helen Keller
- War of 1812 and removal of Creeks from Alabama
- International Affairs
- China and the rise of East Asia
Anyone interested in becoming a Road Scholar should submit a proposal with the following:
Cover Letter: Include your name, home and office addresses, home and office phone numbers, fax number and e-mail address.
Lecture Description: Provide the title and a two-page summary (12 pt. font, double-spaced) of your presentation. Please also explain what humanities disciplines the presentation encompasses, why the topic is important and interesting to the general public and/or teachers, and how you will engage the audience in dialogue, for example, through thought-provoking questions, hand-outs, A/V materials, photographs, artifacts, suggested readings, etc.
Curriculum Vita: Provide a condensed CV (12 pt. font, two pages max). Include information about what qualifies you as an expert on your presentation topic as well as information about your public speaking experience outside the classroom.
References: Provide the names and phone numbers of at least two professional references who can attest to your speaking abilities.
Submit all required proposal content via mail, fax, or e-mail:
Alabama Humanities Foundation
1100 Ireland Way, Ste 202
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 558-3981 (fax)