ORIAS Speakers Bureau

Currently Accepting Applications

Teachers listen to a UC Berkeley expert as part of the ORIAS Speakers Bureau.

Do you want to share your academic passions while developing vital teaching and public speaking skills? 

ORIAS is seeking up to 12 graduate student speakers interested in joining the ORIAS Speakers Bureau. Each speaker will be guided through the process of creating a 45-minute interactive presentation suitable for middle and high school students. Talks will be listed on the ORIAS website, enabling teachers to book speakers for either in-person or virtual talks (at the speaker's discretion). Each participant is paid $200 to develop their talk, plus they are paid each time they deliver their talk to a class.

The ORIAS Speakers Bureau aims to:

  • provide students at different stages of their graduate career with transferable public speaking skills,
  • train students to translate their research and specialized knowledge for broader audiences,
  • bring specialized content knowledge into k-14 classrooms,
  • model passionate intellectual engagement for younger students, and
  • help k-14 students see connections between curiosity, scholarship, and travel.

Graduate students across disciplines are welcome, but research needs to be based in one of the world regions that is funding new talks this year: East Asia (Institute for East Asian Studies), Latin America (Center for Latin American Studies), or Russian, Eastern Europe, Eurasia (Institute for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies). ORIAS does not focus on the United States and Canada, but if your work is in another world area or multiple world areas, feel free to get in touch.

To be eligible, graduate students need to be in their second year of a Masters program, 2+ years into a PhD program, or have relevant professional experience in their topic area. Talks must have either a global or international focus. A wide variety of topics are welcome, but ORIAS is particularly interested in talks related to one of the area studies regions listed above, or on one of the following global issues: climate change mitigation or adaptation, climate history, transnational migration, global indigeneity, and authoritarianism.

Speakers will be compensated for creating a polished presentation AND for each time they give their talk to groups of students.

If you are interested in proposing a talk, please submit your idea via this short application, no later than November 15, 2021. ORIAS will issue invitations to join the Speaker Bureau by Friday, November 19. Speakers will be listed on the website starting in January.