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 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.