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Humanities Lecture Series

The We Are Takoma Humanities Lecture Series provides the community with an opportunity to engage with content experts on a range of topics in the humanities field. Topics reflect the community’s diverse heritage, traditions, history and illustrate the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Past lectures can be viewed on YouTube.

Call for Proposals

The City isn’t seeking proposals for lectures at this time. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter for details about our upcoming events and future calls for proposals.

Selection Process

Proposals are considered based on the expertise of the lecturer and the relevance of the topic to the local community.

B-boys in Dessau. Photo courtesy of visiting Georgetown professor and We Are Takoma lecturer Leonard Schmieding.


“The Politics of the Kitchen” Lecture by Caroline Smith

What to Expect

Humanities lectures are held on the first Thursday of the month with the exception of the months of January, July and August. They begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. There is the expectation that the lecturer will participate in a question and answer session with the audience following their presentation. An honorarium of one hundred dollars ($100.00) will be paid.

The Venue – Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium

The Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium is located at 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park MD.  The facility is Metro accessible via the Red line Takoma Station and is served by the following bus lines: WMATA F4, F6 and RideOn 16, 17, 18, 25. There is limited free parking available on site.

The auditorium has raked seating with a capacity of 160 with two aisles. It is ADA accessible and LEED-CI Silver Certified.

The floating wood stage is approximately 18 inches off the floor and is 30 feet wide and 19 feet deep at the center. Clearance from stage floor to the lowest set of lights is 12 feet. Two sets of two steps provide access to the stage from the audience. The auditorium is equipped with state of the art lighting and sound system and includes a retractable 6’x11’ projection screen and two small screens on either side of the stage.

Technical Support – Lighting and Sound

The City will provide technical support for the lecture including a sound engineer/lighting technician. Tech support assignments are the sole responsibility of the City.

Video Recording and Photographic Images

The City reserves the right to record the lecture and following Q&A session and, without limits or additional compensation, to broadcast, cablecast or in any other way display a video or photographic record of the event, including the use of social media outlets such as You Tube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Broadcasting and Online Viewing

The lecture may be broadcast live on CityTV (Comcast Channel 13 / Verizon Channel 28), web streamed (takomaparkmd.gov/government/city-tv), and viewed on YouTube (youtube.com/user/TakomaParkTV).

Promotion and Marketing

The City promotes all events on a variety of online and social media outlets: the City of Takoma Park website, CityTV, Facebook, Instagram, You Tube, Twitter, the We Are Takoma e-newsletter and various cultural arts calendars. Additional promotion efforts may include the distribution of fliers and the publication of announcements in the Takoma Park Newsletter and the City Guide. Participating speakers are expected to assist in the promotion of the lecture by providing and authorizing the use of requested copy, images and available video clips.

Promotional materials developed by participants should include a statement that the event is sponsored by the City of Takoma Park’s We Are Takoma series.

Sale of Merchandise

Merchandise may be sold at the event.  Tables (2.5’ x 6’) needed to display any merchandise will be provided upon request.

The City assumes no responsibility for the display, storage or safe keeping of any merchandise or the collection of any sale proceeds.

Cancellation or Rescheduling of Event

The City may cancel or reschedule the lecture in the event of inclement weather requiring the closure of the facility, use of the venue by the Takoma Park City Council, or other cause, as determined by the City in its reasonable discretion.


No liability, workers’ compensation or other insurance coverage is provided by the City to or for the participant or any of its employees, volunteers or agents.

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact We Are Takoma at (301) 891-7119 or at arts@takomaparkmd.gov


Arts and Humanities Sections