2014 Burian Lectures

Photo of Eva L. Evans. Eva L. Evans
Building Bridges
March 25, 2014
6 p.m. lecture, reception to follow
WMU Fetzer Center

As a national leader in education and an accomplished humanitarian, Dr. Eva L. Evans has dedicated her career to developing best practices for providing opportunities to underserved populations. In her home community of Lansing and throughout Michigan, Evans broke barriers and accomplished many firsts, including service as the first female deputy superintendent of Lansing Schools and chairperson of the Tri-County United Way. In these and other roles, she developed partnerships and implemented innovative programs that have endured over the years.

The impact of Evans’ dedication and talent has also been experienced throughout the world, particularly through service with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in a variety of influential, key roles, including that of international president from 1994–98. She was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005 and has received the Capital Area United Way’s Walter A. Campbell Award for her continuing service that benefits countless individuals, shaping practice and policy in education, health care, social services and beyond.

Detailed biography of Evans

This lecture was a collaboration of the College of Health and Human Services and its Bill Burian University-Community Lecture Series, the University-Community Empowerment Center, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University, a member-run organization administered by WMU's Extended University Programs. It is a continuation of A Call to Action: Poverty Reduction in Kalamazoo County, a five-week series of forums examining ways to reverse the negative impacts of poverty and its correlates on the well-being of individuals and families in our community.

You can view Dr. Evans' lecture at this archive.


Photo of Christina PuchalskiChristina Puchalski
Spirituality and and Health: The Foundations of Compassionate Care
April 3
4 p.m. lecture and webinar, reception to follow lecture
WMU Fetzer Center, Kirsh Auditorium

Christina Puchalski, M.D., a pioneer and international leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into health care, will visit Western Michigan University campus and will present the College of Health and Human Services Bill Burian University Community Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in the WMU Fetzer Center Kirsh Auditorium. Her lecture, Spirituality and Health: the Foundations of Compassionate Care, is free and open to the public and will also be available as a webinar.  

Prior to the lecture, Puchalski will conduct an interdisciplinary grand rounds, where she will apply her methods to the analysis of a particular clinical case, followed by a question and answer session. These activities are open to all students and members of the campus community and will be held in the Health and Human Services Building from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

The visit, which will also include private interviews and consultations, is a collaboration among the College of Health and Human Services and its integrative holistic health and wellness program, the Department of Comparative Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Extended University Programs.

The primary impetus for Puchalski’s visit, and the common factor among collaborators, is a unique, new online graduate certificate in spirituality, culture and health offered by the Department of Comparative Religion. Created to address the needs of people who serve an increasingly diverse population, the program emphasizes practical tools for addressing religious, spiritual and cultural diversity in health and human services settings.

Puchalski is a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health. Her work in the field of spirituality and medicine encompasses the clinical, the academic and the pastoral application of her research and insights.

Learn more about Dr. Puchalski here.

For more information, access a replay of the webinar and download a PDF version of the presentation slides here.