Burian University-Community Lecture Series

2018 Lecture

The College of Health and Human Services will partner with the University Center for Humanities to bring Dr. Danielle Allen to WMU on April 12, 2018.

  • Dr. Allen will begin her visit at CHHS at 3:30 p.m. for "A Conversation with Dr. Danielle Allen." This intimate conversation will be for invited guests only and will focus on Dr. Allen's book, "Education and Equality."
  • Dr. Allen will then offer a public lecture in Knauss Hall at 7 p.m. that will focus on “Inequality, Citizenship, and the Promise of Education.” This event is open to the public.

2017 Burian Lecture

The 2017 Burian University-Community Lecture featured Edna Kane-Williams, executive vice president at AARP. More information and video replay are available on our website.

About the series

Dr. Bill Burian, founding dean of WMU's College of Health and Human Services, believed in a global health and human services community. To honor his legacy, WMU and CHHS established the Burian University-Community Lecture Series in 1989.

The Bill Burian University-Community Lecture Series focuses on community and educational issues in the health and human services from a problem-solving perspective. It brings together students, faculty, community professionals and service providers, and the citizens of southwest Michigan to interact with leaders of national stature. The endowed lecture series emphasizes the qualities of health and human services that were the essence of Bill Burian's mission:

  • Preparing leaders who understand their professional tasks in a context that embraces the wholeness, beauty and challenges of life.
  • Fostering multidisciplinary education within the college, with other university colleges and with the professional communities.
  • Contributing to the quality of health and human services in West Michigan, our state and our nation through instructional programs, research and community services.
  • Encouraging a comprehensive service system that is responsible to all citizens.