Agreements with speakers who participate in UB’s
Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS) are maintained by the
University at Buffalo Foundation, a private, non-profit
organization which, by New York State law, is not subject to the
New York Freedom of Information Law. As such, these
agreements, including information about speaking fees, are not
When the university does possess records they are released in
accordance with New York State Freedom of Information Law.
No state funding or student tuition revenue is used to pay
speaking fees, which are financed entirely through ticket sales,
sponsorships and endowments specifically directed to the
university’s Distinguished Speakers Series.
In its 28th year at the university, UB’s Distinguished
Speakers Series has a long tradition of bringing to the campus
and community a wide range of public figures in the arts, culture,
society and global politics to foster dialogue and debate about the
issues of the day. Past speakers have included former U.S.
presidents, best-selling authors, civil rights leaders, renowned
scientists and Nobel laureates, among many others. These national
and international thought leaders provide our community with a
richness of discourse that enhances our region’s quality of
Any request for information about agreements with DSS speakers
should be made to the University at Buffalo Foundation. Release of
the information would be solely under their discretion. The
foundation is completely independent of the State of New York and
of SUNY in the exercise of their fiduciary responsibilities.
The foundation may be contacted at:
University at Buffalo Foundation
P.O. Box 900
Buffalo, NY 14226-0900