FORUM CONFERENCES SERVICES
In response to Covid-19, capacities for campus venues have been reduced to allow for physical distancing.
The Thurman J. White Forum is operating within University guidelines to serve academic classes and the student population. At this time, third-party events unaffiliated with the University are prohibited through at least December 31, 2020. Reservations and commitments for events unaffiliated with the University may not be accepted for calendar year 2021 until further notice.
Need a Conference Location and Planning?
The Thurman J. White Forum provides professional meeting planning to university and non-university groups. We offer turn-key conference support, including planning, marketing, online and on-site registration, and on-site management. Conference Services can host your event in the Forum or other venues throughout the Norman and Oklahoma City area.
Thurman J. White Forum Building
1704 Asp Avenue
Norman, Oklahoma 73072
Phone: (405) 325-4318
History of the Thurman J. White Forum Building
In 1957, Thurman J. White, Vice President of Continuing Education and Public Service at OU, secured one of 12 grants given by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for creating university-based residential conference centers around the world. The grant, the largest the university had received to date, was used to build the Thurman J. White Forum Building and other structures that collectively formed the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education (OCCE). OCCE was unveiled in 1962 as a self-contained community for adult learners. Today, the Forum continues to serve the needs of a wide variety of meeting and conference participants. Participants come from every state and many foreign countries to attend courses and conferences in a variety of formats. The Forum hosts some 400 events annually for more than 21,000 attendees.
History of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame
The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, located with the Thurman J. White Forum Building, began with the desire to provide a way to honor and document the contributions and innovations of leaders in the field of adult and continuing education and to better pave the way for future leaders in the profession. On September 20, 1995, the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame was incorporated in the state of Oklahoma as a nonprofit corporation. Learn more about the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame.