Speakers Bureau

The SIU Speakers Bureau connects campus experts with community and school groups. Audiences may include service clubs, schools, senior centers, and other community groups across the state by request. Speakers can offer insights on a broad range of topics both local and global, cultural and political, scientific and literary.

Community members can request a SIU speaker to come to their scheduled event by submitting the request preferably at least four weeks in advance of the scheduled event date. Please note that events may be canceled due to weather or health concerns under the discretion of the speaker.


Edward Benyas

Email: benyas@siu.edu
Phone: (312) 560-2094

Topics:

  • Southern Illinois Symphony and Music Festival season previews
  • Music Literature from the Baroque to the Modern eras
  • Mozart's DaPonte Operas

Audience: Adults, Senior Adults


Tamira Brennan

Email: tbrennan@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 453-5134

Topics:

  • Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Contract Archaeology
  • Native Americans
  • Cahokia Mounds
  • Kincaid Mounds
  • Archaeology of Southern Illinois

Audience: Elementary-age students, Middle-and high school-age students, Adults, Senior adults


Harvey Henson

Email: henson@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 453-4214

Topics:

  • Earthquake and Geohazard Education and Outreach
  • STEM Education
  • Science Assessment
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Ground-penetrating Radar
  • Trail of Tears

Audience: Elementary-age students, Middle-and high school-age students, Adults, Senior adults, Educators


John Jackson

Email: jsjacson@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 453-3106

Topics:

  • Illinois Politics, Government and Public Policy
  • Public opinion and political parties, especially presidential selection, primaries, and national conventions.
  • State and local government, generically, as well as Illinois and Southern Illinois.

Audience: Middle-and high school-age students, Adults, Senior adults


Gary Kolb

Email: gkolb@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 529-1823

Topics:

  • Landscape Photography
  • Documentary Photography
  • Regional subject matter

Audience: Elementary-age students, Middle-and high school-age students, Adults, Senior adults


Gauri Pitale

Email: gaup@siu.edu
Phone: (401) 371-6427

Topics:

  • First Year Transition Courses at SIUC campus
  • How to Navigate Graduate School
  • Anthropology
  • Equipping Freshmen Students with the Skills to Succeed in College
  • What to Expect when you Decide to get a Graduate Education?
  • What is Anthropology and How is it Relevant?

Audience: Elementary-age students, Middle-and high school-age students, Adults, Senior adults


Jeffrey Punske

Email: punske@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 536-3385

Topics:

  • How to start a Con Lang
  • Tolkien's Invented Languages
  • Can we communicate with aliens? How?

Audience: Middle-and high school-age students, Adults


Laurie Ryznyk

Email: lryznyk@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 559-2713

Topics:

  • Human Trafficking
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Medical Cannabis

Audience: Adults, Senior adults


John Shaw

Email: john.shaw@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 453-4003

Topics:

  • Illinois Politics
  • National Politics
  • Statesmanship
  • Leadership

Audience: Middle-and high school-age students, Adults, Senior adults


Lauren Stoelzle

Email: afton@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 521-3040

Topics:

  • Filmmaking in Poverty
  • Documentary/ Unconventional Narrative Filmmaking

Audience: Elementary-age students, Middle-and high school-age students, Adults, Senior adults


JD Tanner

Email: jdtanner@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 453-3942

Topics:

  • Leave No Trace Environmental Education
  • Economic Impacts of Outdoor Recreation
  • Student Retention through Extended Orientation Programs

Audience: Elementary-age students, Middle-and high school-age students, Adults, Senior adults


Mark Wagner

Email: mjwagner@siu.edu
Phone: (618) 453-5055

Topics:

  • Native American rock art
  • Cherokee Trail of Tears
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • French Colonial Archaeology
  • African-American Archaeology and the Underground Railroad
  • Early Shipwrecks in Southern Illinois
  • Civil War in Southern Illinois

Audience: Adults, Senior adults