University-Community Forum


The University-Community forum has been bringing together the KU and Lawrence communities since the 1940s. This program hosts weekly presentations by faculty, students and community members to educate and facilitate dialogue on  current ideas and events that shape our world and ideas. 

General Information

University Community Forum is sponsored by Ecumenical Campus Ministries. This program is held each Wednesday during the Spring and Fall semesters at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM).  All presentations are free and open to the University and Lawrence communities.

Every presentation begins at 12:00 noon and usually includes a brief question and answer period before concluding at 1:00 p.m. Free parking is available in the ECM parking lot for attendees.

**Our schedule for 2018 Fall Semester is in the process of being created. The first UC Forum will be held on August 22nd, 2018. We look forward to seeing you!**

Winter/Spring 2018


Jan. 24             
"The Making of a Leader: Franklin D. Murphy, The Kansas Years," Nancy Kellogg Harper, Author.

Jan. 31           
"How Wolves and Humans Co-evolved," Raymond Peirotti, KU Prof., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Feb. 7 
"History of Midwest Jews," David Katzman, Professor Emeritus, American Studies.

Feb. 14           
"Know Your Rights," Amii Castle, KU Prof., ACLU of KU Faculty Advisor.

Feb. 21             
"Women in Lawrence History," Kathryn Tuttle.

Feb. 28             
"Guns on Campus," Neely Bendapudi, Provost and Exec. Vice Chancellor.

March 7           
"Policing Lawrence," Gregory Burns, JR. Lawrence Police Chief.

March 14        
"The Struggle Over Social Security," David Ekerdt, Ph.D., KU Prof. of Sociology and Gerontology.

March 21         
**Spring Break: No Community Forum.**

March 28       
 "Life and Times of Warner Lewis," Warner Lewis, Radio Host.

April 4           
 "Drone Regulation in the US," Bill Johnson, KU Prof., Geography.

April 11           
"Legislative Update," Eileen Horn and Boog Highberger, KS State Reps.

April 18          
"Indigenous Coexistence in a More Than Human World," Associate Professor Jay T. Johnson, Geography &    Atmospheric Science & Director, Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology

April 25           
"Religion and Political Action: From Voting to Terrorism," Dr. Mariya Y. Omelicheva, KU Prof. Political Science and International Relations.

May 2               
Planning Meeting for Fall 2018

If you would like to make a contribution to the Forum, please donate online or send your gift to:

University Forum @ the ECM
1204 Oread Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66044

or call the ECM (785)843-4933 to make an over the phone payment with your credit card.

Funds received will be used to support the publicity and incidental expenses related to the Forum. Speakers do not receive an honorarium for their presentations.