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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April 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM

James Daschuk

Underhill Lecture Hall, John McKibbin Centre


Clearing the Plains, Clearing the Air

and Some Thoughts about a Post-TRC Canada




Dr. James Daschuk won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize from the Governor General in 2014 for his acclaimed book Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life. In his talk Dr. Daschuk presents his ground breaking research on aboriginal health. The University of Regina professor goes in search of answers to a troubling question: What accounts for the present day disparity in health between First Nations and non-native populations in western Canada? Daschuk tells the harrowing story of a once healthy indigenous population ravaged by Old World infectious diseases, forced resettlement, and state-supported starvation. In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations, Dr. Daschuk considers the legacy of government policy in the current relationship between Canada and its indigenous population.