Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor's Distinguished Speakers Series

Chancellor's Distinguished Speakers Series


Call for Chancellor’s Distinguished Speakers Series Nominations

Launched in 1999 by then-Chancellor Ralph Cicerone, the Chancellor's Distinguished Speakers Series* brings to campus eminent scholars and public figures who are active change-makers and leaders in today’s world. These luminaries share their insights, expertise and ideas at on-campus lectures and seminars open to the public and UCI faculty, staff and students.

The series is intended to support short-term campus visits by distinguished scholars or other influential people from non-academic professions who will enrich university life through their contact with students, faculty, and the local community. The series seeks to include speakers at all stages of their careers whose work will promote UC Irvine's ability to respond to the global challenges of an increasingly interdependent world, and who will enhance the breadth and diversity of the intellectual and cultural life of our campus. The main purposes of this series are to:

  • raise the visibility and influence of UC Irvine in the state and nation;

  • enhance the breadth and diversity of the intellectual and cultural life on our campus;

  • engage the local community around an interesting and relevant topic; and

  • show distinguished visitors some of the intellectual life at UC Irvine.

Nominees for this program should be people of national and international stature and influence who will bring distinction to the university through their public lectures as well as through papers, seminars, and other organized activities for more specialized audiences. Nominators should keep the more general audience in mind when planning events for the speaker, which will include at least one large public lecture or performance and a reception or other social event.

The maximum award for each spekaer is $40,000 including honorarium and all expenses to be charged to CDSS. CDSS events will be managed by the school sponsoring the nominee, in collaboration with the Office of Academic Planning and the Office of Special Events and Protocol, and according to campus policies, procedures, and protocols for special events.

For details on nomination procedures and selection, click here


*The series was formerly known as the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series.