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


  • 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

Gary Kolb

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


  • Landscape Photography
  • Documentary Photography
  • Regional subject matter

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