Community Scholars Program: We Bring the Oriental Institute to You

Can’t make it to the Oriental Institute to see our Museum exhibitions or attend gallery talks by our world-famous scholars? Or is your group planning a visit to the Museum and wants first-hand knowledge about archaeological fieldwork and a preview of our collections?

A faculty member, research associate, or content expert from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago can deliver an educational talk or presentation at your location. The Community Scholars Program provides presentations on themes ranging from exhibition highlights to our archaeological research and discoveries.

Fill out the Request Form to make a request. Only requests for groups of 10 or more people within the Chicago metropolitan area will be considered. Please allow five business days to receive a response from us. Once your request has been approved, we will ask that you fill out a registration form and pay a $25 administrative fee.

In order to provide you with high quality talks, we ask that you pay the speakers an honorarium, which compensates them for their time and travel expenses. These payments should be made directly to the speaker on the night of the talk. 

Fee Structure:

Oriental Institute faculty and staff: $200

CMES/NELC graduate students: $125

Special programs: please contact us to discuss details

Administrative fee: $25

Contact Us

For inquires, email the Public Education Department at or call 773.702.9507.