Herr Lectures


The Larry and Denise Herr Lectures in the Humanities feature presentations by highly qualified speakers on issues of public interest. The lectures provide a forum for dialogue, open discussion, and reasoned debate in Central Alberta. The lecture series is named after two of Burman University’s retired professors, Dr. Denise Herr and Dr. Larry Herr.


The Herr Lectures are hosted on the campus of Burman University at 6730 University Drive, Lacombe, Alberta. All lectures are open to the public and admission is free.  Click here for a campus map.


For more information on the lecture contact: Glen Graham, Herr Lecture Series Coordinator


403-782-3381 x.4106

403-307-3491 (cell)


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Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Walking After Midnight

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Katy Hutchison

Burman University Administration Building


In her upcoming Herr Lectures talk, Katy Hutchison tells the story of her husband's murder and her own remarkable quest to reconcile with the man who killed him. You will not want to miss Katy's deeply personal and insightful reflections on the nature of restorative justice. The 2010 movie Bond of Silence was inspired by her powerful story.


Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Sexual Orienteering -- What I Wish My Pastor Knew



Dr. Heather Looy

Underhill Lecture Hall -- McKibbin Centre


What is sexual orientation, anyway? How do we navigate the science, listen to the stories, and respond to diversity?  Dr. Heather Looy of The King's University explores the research on the causes of and responses to variations in sexual orientation, in the context of communities of faith with diverse and changing attitudes to sexual diversity.




Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM

What Happened to the Arab Spring?




Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi


Underhill Lecture Hall -- McKibbin Centre

Six years after the rise of democratic social movements in the Middle East, the region is in turmoil and the democratic movements are caught between a number of rocks and many hard places. The rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the proxy wars in Syria and Yemen, the return of military regime in Egypt and the collapse of the Libyan polity have replaced hope with despite. In his presentation, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Dr. Mahdavi will shed light on the local, regional, and global factors that have led to the rise and crisis of the Arab Spring.



Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM

International Conflict Resolution in this New Era




Lt. Gen Roméo Dallaire (ret)

Centennial Hall, Lacombe Memorial Centre, 5214 50 Ave, Lacombe, AB

A decorated Lieutenant General and former Canadian Senator, General Dallaire served 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces. His bestselling book, Shake Hands with the Devil, is a stirring account of his personal experiences as the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda. The book was also released as a full-length feature film and won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary. A passionate and moving speaker, General Dallaire inspires audiences to challenge the status quo and take action in shaping a new future. In his talk, General Dallaire will challenge us: "Can we prevent conflict, or are we in a state where we're always reacting to the initiatives of the belligerents? Are we always going to be crisis managers?"