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. We also serve an optional hot lunch at 11:30 am for $6.50 ($3.50 for students). Free parking is available in the ECM parking lot for attendees.

Upcoming Fall 2017 semester


As of June 9, 2017 


Aug. 23           “Overcoming Drug Resistant Super Bugs”- Joanna Slusky, Center for Computational Biology

Aug. 30            “How Many Hours Does it Take to Make a Friend?” – Jeffery Hall, Communications Studies, KU  

Sept. 6             “The Emmett Till Memory Project” – David Tell, Communications Studies, KU

Sept. 13           “Alternative Religions and Freedom of Religion” –Tim Miller, Religious Studies, KU  

Sept. 20          “LBGTQ Rural Youth”– Megan Paceley, Social Welfare, KU

Sept. 27           “TEACHING ABOUT THE 1967 RIOTS” – Clarence Lang, African and African-American    Studies, KU  

Oct. 4               TBA

Oct. 11             “Swindlers, Confidence Men and Politicians: Trust in America”- Mike Hoeflich, Law, KU           

Oct. 18             TBA

Oct. 25             TBA    

Nov. 1             “Chamber’s Vision of the Future of Lawrence”- Larry Mc Elwain, Chamber of Lawrence CEO

Nov. 8              “Reflecting on my Life as an Editorial Page Writer ” – Ann Gardner, Former Editor of Lawrence Journal World  

Nov. 15           “Mental Health Issues in Lawrence” – CEO of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Nov. 22            Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 29           “Why the Law Matters”- John Lungstrum, Senior Judge United States District Court

Dec. 6               PLANNING MEETING FOR SPRING 2018

If you would like to make a contribution to the Forum, please 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.

We also welcome suggestions for topics and/or speakers. Please email us at or call 785-843-4933.