Coming Events

All of the events are open to citizens and community agencies seeking to regenerate citizenship and build abundant, sustainable communities. A light supper is provided for those who register at least one week prior to each event. Donations of at least $5 per event help cover expenses.

Signature Skill Workshop: Playback Theatre

Date: July 15, 2014        
Location: Body & Soul Healing Arts Center, 3617 N. 48th Street, Milwaukee             
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

In Playback Theatre, people speak about true life experiences which are then creatively re-enacted on the spot.  Participants will learn how Playback creates a space for generous listening and creative storytelling, and learn where it can be applied to community engagement and dialogue in community organizations and projects.


James Murrell is a community educator of youth and adults in creative improvisation in theatre and music, anti-racism, and restorative justice circle process. He is the founder and director of Playback Milwaukee Theatre Company, an improv theatre company about "weaving our stories into community." He holds a doctoral degree in mathematical modeling /complex systems theory. James combines years of research on social collaboration and learning, creative performance practice, and professional and community-based teaching experience towards building social engagement and transformation.

Yvette Murrell is a dynamic catalyst in the community for compassionate social change. She is a facilitator, consultant and life coach for people in non-profit and government agencies, corporations, and educational institutions.


Citywide Network: Milwaukee's Economy and Employment

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

Community leaders of various civil society organizations will focus on strategies for building local economies to meet local needs.  Participants will have opportunities to talk with and learn about initiatives for access to jobs, financial literacy, financial policy regulations as well as affordable housing and transportation.

Signature Skill Workshop: Community Conversations Method

Date: October 14, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

How we have conversations matters just as much as what they are about.  But how can we have productive and meaningful conversations, especially when they are about hot-button issues?  During this workshop, you will learn the methodology of the national initiative entitled the Public Conversations Project and the ongoing work of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion as a lens for how to have effective, productive conversations.  This workshop will also include a practical dimension where you have an opportunity to practice and participate in the dialogue itself.

Signature Skill Workshop: Reflection Practices

Date: November 11, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

This workshop will highlight the value and impact of contemplative and meditative practices as they relate to the work of community transformation.  Participants will learn several methods and disciplines of reflection and meditation, e.g., Buddhist and Vedic.

Celebration: Community Connectors Celebration

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Location: TBA            
Time:  5:15 to 7:30 PM

This citywide event will highlight the value and impact of civic society organizations working to transform Milwaukee communities in the areas of ecology, economics, enlightenment and equality.  Several community leaders will share their successes and lessons learned, and participants will engage in actively sharing their own examples of community connection, collaboration and transformation through story-telling, music and other artistic expressions.

For further information, contact Dr. Robert Pavlik, Focalizer, at
414-288-3886 or


Contact College of Professional Studies

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Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298