Professional, community, and civic organizations, as well as schools [and libraries!] are invited to request a UW-Madison speaker. This is a great resource for planning library programs.

Topics list includes Arts and Music! This could be a wonderful resource for the Libraries Rock summer reading theme.

Cara Hart, Director of the Neillsville Public Library, used the Speakers Bureau during Wisconsin State Science Festival for a water science storytime on November 3, 2017:

“We utilized the UW Madison Speakers Bureau to participate in the Wisconsin State Science Festival this year. They provide opportunity for libraries to host a presenter that otherwise would not have been within their budget.” “We had $0 cost on our end.”

From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Speakers Bureau “About Us” webpage.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Speakers Bureau reflects our tradition of the Wisconsin Idea — to extend the resources of the university to citizens of the state.

We are privileged to work with communities throughout Wisconsin, bringing faculty and staff with expertise in a variety of disciplines.

Professional, community, and civic organizations, as well as schools, are invited to request a UW–Madison speaker. For more information about the UW–Madison Speakers Bureau or help with submitting a request, please contact us at 608-262-3880 or speakers@uwmad.wisc.edu. Be sure to join our community on Facebook. The UW–Madison Speakers Bureau is privately funded and is part of the Office of University Relations.

What are the costs to host a speaker through the Speakers Bureau?

  • Talks are provided free of charge through the Speakers Bureau as a public service to the State of Wisconsin.
  • Hosting organizations are required to cover any costs for a talk event beyond the speaker’s travel, which is covered by the Speakers Bureau.
  • Costs that hosting groups may incur include: talk staffing or preparation costs, event space fees, audiovisual equipment, talk marketing, and promotion, etc.

Browse the FAQ resource from the Speakers Bureau for additional questions.