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Arts & Humanities

APB's arts and humanities speakers combine grace and zest in their unique keynote speeches, covering genres such as dance, music, and theater.

These distinguished speakers add their own creative and innovative flair to each presentation and invite you to explore a diverse array of cultural, artistic, and educational perspectives. Whether you are looking for a famous face or an acclaimed talent who will put a unique spin on the traditional lecture, APB has a speaker on the arts and humanities who will make your event a success.

Arts & Humanities

Puppeteer of Big Bird/Oscar the Grouch, Author & Artist

Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969, and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. Spinney’s presentations peel away the instances in his life that inspired...

Film & Music Producer

The executive producer of the Oscar-nominated Precious, speaker Lisa Cortes has worked with Russell Simmons at Def Jam Records and is former CEO of Rush Artist Management.

Choreographer & Creativity Cultivator

Choreographer and speaker Twyla Tharp has created over 130 dances and choreographed several movies and Broadway shows. She penned the self-help book The Creative Habit.

Singer, Actress, Breast Cancer Survivor & Philanthropist

Olivia Newton-John has enjoyed many successes in her career. With three Grammys, numerous American Music and People's Choice Awards, five #1 hits, and 15 top ten singles to her credit, she also starred opposite...

Actress & Recording Artist

A versatile performer, speaker Vanessa Williams has conquered Broadway, film, and TV. She has sold over 4 million albums worldwide and inspires others to seize opportunity.

Former Russian Minister of Culture

The former Russian Minister of Culture and a member of the Academy of Humanities, speaker Mikhail Shvydkoy speaks on politics, art and culture.

Hip-Hop Artist & Actor

LL COOL J is an entertainer who has succeeded in crossing into all mediums of entertainment. Already a talented actor currently starring in NCIS: Los Angeles, two-time Grammy Award winner and NAACP Image Award...

Grammy Award-Winning Latin Singer

As one of the biggest new stars to emerge during the mid-'80s, the Grammy Award-winning Estefan predated the coming Latin pop explosion by a decade, scoring a series of propulsive dance hits rooted in the rhythms of...


Cynthia Nixon has completed her final season of HBO's celebrated series, Sex and the City, in which she played "Miranda Hobbes," a role that garnered her 2002 and 2003 Emmy nominations. Whether on television...

Cross-Cultural Performance

In The Color Orange, long-time friends Mohammed Bilal and Josh "Boac" Goldstein challenge American notions by offering a vibrant new look at race, racism and how we get along.

Poet / Performer / Filmmaker

Author of "Reinventing the Enemy's Language" and "Women Who Fell From the Sky". Recording artist with her band Poetic Justice.

Spoken Word Artist

Ursula Rucker is one of the premiere spoken word recording artists in the music industry. Having worked closely with The Roots, she is known for her relevant subject matter.

Business Satirist

Called "one of the top satirists in the country" by Jay Leno, Hirschfeld is the first cybersatirist who has developed a loyal following for his humorous perspectives on news and technology. His comments have been...


With her unstoppable can-do spirit, no-nonsense wit and infectious laugh, Humphreys lifts, jolts, nurtures and stretches her audiences–and they love every minute of it! Humphreys has gone from administrative...

President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since May, 1992. His research and publications focus on participation and performance of African-...

R&B Singer / Actor

A confident and self-assured artist, Tyrese shares his success from his R&B recording career with his community. In 2003, he released his best-selling album, 2000 Watts with a portion of the proceeds...

Golden Globe-Winning Actress & Environmentalist

Best known for her roles in Alien, Gorillas in the Mist, and Avatar, speaker Sigourney Weaver uses her stardom to shed light on environmental issues.

First Ever Blind Contestant & Winner of ‘MasterChef’

The first ever blind contestant and winner of Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef on Fox, Christine Ha is the author of Recipes from My Home Kitchen.

Best-Selling Author & Adoptive Parent

Ann Hood was a bestselling writer living in Providence, RI with her husband Lorne and their two children, 8 year old Sam and 5 year old Grace, when unspeakable tragedy struck. In 2002, Grace, a healthy kindergartner...

Academy Award-Winning Producer of Titanic & Avatar

Jon Landau produced the two highest grossing movies of all-time, Avatar & Titanic. He has a thorough understanding of complex technologies as well as experience working with the highest caliber of...

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