Talbert Hall houses the University Honors Program, Bert's Dining Center, as well as international student services and classrooms.
Mary Morris Burnett Talbert (1866-1923) was one of the nation's most prominent black leaders. Talbert came to Buffalo in 1894 and quickly became involved in the city's church and community life. Her efforts for African Americans led to the establishment of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).During World War I, Mary Talbert was active in the war bond drives, personally soliciting thousands of dollars in Liberty Bonds. Further, she served as American Red CrossNurse with the American Expeditionary Forces in France. She also served as a delegate to the International Council of Women in Christiania, Norway in 1920. She was a national and international public figure who was a sought after speaker for her lectures on race relations, anti-lynching and women's rights. Her tireless efforts on the behalf of African American people earned her the NAACP Springarn Award. Mary Burnett Talbert was the first black woman to be honored with this prestigious recognition.