Call for Speaking Proposals – Online Lecture

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The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia is looking for a scholar, public history professional, or otherwise qualified speaker to deliver a virtual lecture for our Juneteenth event. Especially emerging scholars are encouraged to apply. Due to a cancellation from a previous presenter, we hope to find an engaging public speaker who can record a 40-minute lecture followed by a brief Q&A by June 7, 2021. We are able to offer a $300 stipend send via US check. Please share with your colleagues and qualified graduate students.   

We are looking for an engaging talk for the general public including a slide show. Here are two links to previous recordings to demonstrate the lecture format:  and the 2020 lecture series:

The talk should explain the history and meaning of Juneteenth, but we are also looking for stories of how enslaved and free African American sought liberty and freedom, and fought the brutality and oppressive restrictions of slavery during the colonial era and the Early Republic. A focus on Virginia and the mid-Atlantic colonies, particularly frontier areas, is especially of interest to our audience.

If you are interested, please submit a brief CV or resume, a 200-word abstract of the proposed talk, and a link to a brief recording if available (like a brief interview or lecture) that demonstrates your public speaking abilities to: Dorette Sobolewski ( by May 26, 2021.  

The accepted speaker must complete a Commonwealth of Virginia W-9 supplement form to receive the stipend.   

The FCMV is a state agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia and its mission "is to increase public knowledge of the formation of a distinctive American folk culture from a blending of European, African, and Indigenous peoples."