The University of Iowa

Speakers Bureau for University Members

Chuck Swanson, Hawkeye Speakers Bureau
Do you want to share your expertise with service clubs, schools, senior centers, and other community groups across the state? We'll help you connect with organizations looking for educational enrichment on the topics in which you excel. Simply fill out our speaker signup form.



Speakers Bureau Signup

The University of Iowa was among the first universities in the nation to organize travel for statewide lectures. These efforts were formalized with the creation of the University of Iowa’s Extension Division (now the Division of Continuing Education) in 1913. The purpose for this division was to “render a larger service to the Commonwealth and to the people of Iowa by carrying out to every part of the State the knowledge, the thought, the ideals and the spirit of the several departments and colleges of the University and by bringing the University generally into direct contact with the citizen.”

The Extension Division fulfilled speaker requests for over 60 years until the Office of Public Information and University Relations (now the Office of Strategic Communication) began fulfilling requests through the Speakers Bureau program in 1974. The Office of the President housed Speakers Bureau activities from 2015-16, before finding a home for the program within the Provost’s Office of Outreach & Engagement in July 2016. The Office of Outreach and Engagement continues to publicly engage Iowa communities through speaking opportunities, workshops, and activities.



Art and Art History

Business and Entrepreneurship

Community Development



Environment and Sustainability


Health and Wellness


Medicine and Health Care

Organizational Management

Performance Arts

Politics and Policy

Physics and Astronomy

Social Justice