Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series
General Proposal Guidelines
Organized thematically, the Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series presents speakers in engaging presentations directed at the broad university community as well as the public beyond the university. Funded in part by an annual gift from the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation, the series has, for more than thirty years, been a highlight of the academic year.
We welcome colleagues from across the university to submit proposals on timely and important themes. Topics need not be in the humanities. Recent Sidore series have focused on personal genomic medicine, cultural heritage, global activism, public health and personal liberty, the drug wars, and sustainability.
In recent years, the series has generally presented five or six lectures over the course of either the academic year or one semester. You are also welcome to recast the format. For example, it might be desirable to offer the lectures in a series of evening presentations over the course of a week or two. See examples of recent Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series.
Faculty members may submit proposals as individuals or groups, and they may involve staff and students in their planning. A panel convened by the Center for the Humanities will review proposals. Proposals should include:
- A cogent discussion of the proposed lecture series theme and its significance to the university community.
- A list of prospective speakers with a summary of their credentials. Please note that the Sidore Foundation does not fund speakers who are on the rosters of speaker bureaus or have agents, and they encourage us to present interesting and engaging speakers, even if those speakers are not well known.
- A discussion of the series format and scheduling.
- A budget outlining expenses. See sample budget below.
Proposals should not exceed five pages.
In recognition of the considerable time and effort involved in organizing the Sidore Lectures, up to $3500 of the award may be used for staff support, or a summer stipend. In the case of collaborative proposals, the funds can be applied to smaller summer stipends for more than one person. Please stipulate a use for the stipend in your proposal.
The Center for the Humanities will continue to be the primary on-campus sponsor of the Sidore Lectures. The Center will provide limited administrative support for the series by offering guidance on financial management and publicity through the Center's webpage and email distribution list.
Project directors will be responsible for inviting and scheduling speakers and venues, planning publicity, and other substantive responsibilities.
For an overview of the process of directing such a lecture series, please contact the Center for the Humanities assistant director (firstname.lastname@example.org, 862-4356).
Please provide five copies of all materials OR submit materials via email to email@example.com.
If you have questions or need more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 862-4356.
The deadline for proposals for the 2019-2020 series is October 26, 2018.
Sample Budget for Sidore Series
Each year, the Sidore Series is supported by the Sidore family foundation with administrative support from the UNH Center for the Humanities. What follows is an approximate budget based on income and costs associated with previous years. Organizers should consult with the UNH Center for the Humanities assistant director about any major shifts in available funds or anticipated costs.
|Honoraria ($1,333 x 6 or 1,600 x 5)||$8,000|
|Travel for speakers (airfare and ground)||$4,000|
|Publicity: Posters, flyers, ads, mailing||$2,500|
|Accommodations for speakers (2 nights each)||$1,500|
|Meals (including invited dinner after event)||$2,300|
|Refreshments at event||$1,200|
|Misc. costs (supplies, purchase of books, room rental, a.v. equip., etc.)||$2,000|