10/15/2004

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Contact: Kathy Reed, University Governance, (785) 864-5169

Professors available to speak across state through free KU speakers bureau

LAWRENCE -- More than 120 faculty members from an array of fields are available free of charge to speak in communities of all sizes across the state through the University of Kansas Faculty Speakers Bureau.

Now in its fifth year, the speakers bureau comprises professors from a range of departments willing to speak on more than 60 topics, from "Current Issues in American Politics" to "Redefining Retirement for Your Renaissance Years."

The bureau makes this faculty expertise available for civic, service, professional and educational clubs as well as schools throughout Kansas. Kathy Reed, administrative specialist for university governance and the main contact for the bureau, says she works to alert libraries and educational groups about the service through mailings and handles a variety of requests.

"Requests bounce all over the board," Reed says.

The bureau, administered by KU's Faculty Governance office, has a Web site at http://www.ku.edu/~speakers that highlights speech topics and explains how to arrange a speaker. No request has yet been turned down for lack of an expert on the requested topic, Reed said, and speakers have addressed audiences as diverse as middle-school students and senior-citizen organizations.

Upcoming speeches include:
-- "The Electoral College and Alternatives to It" by Paul Schumaker, professor of political science, Oct. 19, Shawnee United Methodist Men's Group in Shawnee, Kan.
-- "20th Century American Music" by Paul Laird, professor of music and dance, Nov. 2, Hays, Kan., Public Library.
-- "Social Life Online" by Nancy Baym, associate professor of communication studies, Jan. 11, 2005, Hays Public Library.
-- "The importance of Art in Your Community" by Tim Van Leer, executive director of the Lied Center of Kansas, Jan. 25, 2005, Hays Public Library.
For more information about the speakers bureau, contact Faculty Governance at (785) 864-5169 or by e-mail at govern@ku.edu.

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