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UI initiates speakers bureau service

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Speakers on topics ranging from archeology and conflict management to women's history are now available through a new service launched by the University of Iowa.

The UI Speakers Bureau links Iowa community groups, organizations and schools with speakers from the University of Iowa. The service debuts in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area this fall, with speakers available on hundreds of topics representing virtually all areas of the university. "We want to offer Iowans a quick and easy way to find a speaker for their groups, whether the topic is related to business development, African art history or the biology of aging," says Joanne Fritz, director of University Relations.

Speakers are provided free of charge to Iowa groups of 15 or more people. The service will be extended to counties in east central Iowa in the Spring of 1998, with expansion to the rest of the state at a later date.

Many UI faculty and staff have been actively speaking to community organizations for many years, but the Speakers Bureau will make it easier for groups to contact university speakers in their area of interest. "Groups can call us and we'll take care of the leg work in matching them with a speaker, no matter what the subject area," she says.

Organizations interested in hosting a speaker from the University of Iowa should contact Vera Dordick, Speakers Bureau coordinator, in the Office of University Relations at 335-0557, or via e-mail at