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Release: Immediate

UI expands speakers bureau service

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Speakers on topics ranging from archeology and conflict management to women's history are now available throughout east central Iowa thanks to a service sponsored by the University of Iowa.

The UI Speakers Bureau links Iowa community groups, organizations and schools with speakers from the University of Iowa. This month, the Bureau expands its service to all counties in east central Iowa: Benton, Cedar, Clinton, Iowa, Jackson, Jones, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Scott and Tama.

The service debuted in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area in September 1997 and is now available throughout east central Iowa. Speakers are 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 generally provided free of charge to Iowa groups of 15 or more people. The service will be extended to the rest of the state at a later date.

Many UI faculty and staff have been actively speaking to community organizations for 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," Fritz says.

Organizations interested in hosting a speaker from the UI should contact Vera Dordick, Speakers Bureau coordinator, in the Office of University Relations at (319) 384-0017, or via e-mail at