The Robert Lusch Lecture Series

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom are pleased to announce the Robert Lusch Lecture Series, which is named in honor of the former executive director of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. A prolific researcher, Lusch was well known for his work in service-dominant logic, which rests on the notion that the basis of all economies is the exchange of service among humans.

The Robert Lusch Lecture Series will include up to three presenters each semester who further the Centers’ goals of connecting students and the community with high-caliber interdisciplinary researchers and thought leaders on topics such as:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Venture capital
  • Marketing
  • Service-dominant logic
  • Social responsibility
  • Corporate governance
  • Ethics
  • Privacy

Lecture Series Grants

University of Arizona faculty, staff and student organizations are invited to apply for a grant to bring exceptional speakers to campus. Awards will be made on a rolling basis as funding permits.


  • Requests may be made by University of Arizona faculty, staff, or student organizations.
  • Applications must be submitted at least 4 months prior to proposed event.

Terms and Conditions

  • Grants up to $6,000 will be awarded for speaker’s travel, lodging, honorarium, and event costs.
  • Speakers should present a lecture that is open to the campus and community. In addition, we request that speakers participate in a separate event designed for interaction with students (such as a roundtable discussion or brownbag lunch lecture) or the local community.
  • Those proposing the speaker will be responsible for contacting and inviting the speaker, and will work with the McGuire Center on all logistics of the campus visit and event promotion. The McGuire Center will book travel and lodging on behalf of the speaker. The McGuire Center must receive speaker details (speaker name and affiliation, speaker photo, talk title, talk date, time, and location) at least four weeks prior to the speaker's visit to ensure adequate time to promote the event across campus; funding may be withheld if sufficient notice is not provided.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Potential for the speaker to attract a broad campus and/or community audience.
  • Interdisciplinary topic related to entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital, social responsibility, corporate governance, ethics, and privacy.
  • Potential for direct speaker interaction with students or the community.
  • Partial awards may be made based on funding availability and how well the proposal meets the above criteria.

Deadlines for FY2018

  • Applications will be accepted and awarded on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted for each semester.
  • Spring speakers must complete their trip to campus by May 1, 2018, and fall speakers must complete their trip to campus by November, 30, 2018.
  • Expenses must be processed within 30 days after the speaker visit.
  • Reporting is due 30 days after the speaker visit.

To Apply

Prepare the following before linking to the Speaker Grant Application Form:

  • Description of the speaker and topic, including 1) why this speaker and topic is likely to attract a large and interdisciplinary audience and 2) how the topic relates to entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital, social responsibility, corporate governance, ethics, or privacy.
  • Planned speaking format and approximate date (or semester).
  • Describe how the speaker will additionally interact with students and/or the local community.
  • Budget: Specify the funding you are requesting, the total expected cost of hosting this speaker, as well as any additional funding available from other sources. Please note that the grant will cover any expense related to the speaker up to $6,000. Sponsoring group or unit should expect to pay costs exceeding the maximum grant allowance, though exceptions may be requested.

Reporting Requirements

  • A post-event summary of attendees (numbers, speaker activities on campus or in the community, any noteworthy outcomes) is required within 30 days of the event.

Apply Now

 Questions? Contact Munerra Muhammad, Program Coordinator at 520.621.3406 or