Marquette Forum: Affiliated Events


Film: Bending the Arc

October 2 and 9, 2017

Part of the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, Bending the Arc, by directors Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos, focuses on three remarkable young people, barely out of their teens—Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl— who came together in a squatter settlement in Haiti. Determined to provide the same world-class level of medical care they would expect for their own families to the Haitians that soon became their friends, they faced obstacles so enormous they weren’t even considered surmountable by the rest of the world. What's happening in Haiti is happening in Milwaukee. More information on how to get tickets to a screening, or more about the film.

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Give Kids a Smile

October 7, 2017

The combined Head Start dental day/Give Kids a Smile Program will take place on Saturday October 7th, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at Marquette University School of Dentistry.

Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, federally funded national school readiness program for children from low-income families in the United States. In the Milwaukee area, there are approximately 4000 children between the ages of 3-5 enrolled in various Head Start programs. Federal guidelines mandate a comprehensive oral health examination by a qualified dentist for every students within 60 days of enrollment.

Give Kids A Smile is a nationwide event sponsored by the American Dental Association, ensuring the dental health of children from underserved families. The program began in 2003 and since then it has grown enormously with thousands of dollars in free care provided to underserved children each year.

With the combined program on Saturday (10/7), we are hoping to serve 600-700 children by providing them with oral examinations and preventive services. We will see children, between the ages 3- 16 years.

This program is a joint effort of MUSOD, Greater Milwaukee Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, Milwaukee Area Technical Collage, Waukesha County Technical College, Milwaukee Head Start programs and Milwaukee Public Schools.

Two Spirits Film Viewing and Discussion

October 17, 2017

Cudahy 001 | 7:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by LGBTQ+ Resource Center

The Navajo have a rich tradition of celebrating individuals who identify as two spirit or being in possession of both masculine and feminine traits. Through the viewing and discussion of Lydia Nibley’s film, Two Spirits, we will explore gender identity and gender variance through the lens of the murder of Fred Martinez, a member of the Navajo tribe who identified as two spirit. Nibley examines and juxtaposes the history of the two spirit identity with the hatred and bigotry exemplified by the murder of Fred Martinez. The discussion will center not only around gender variance but also on the racism and colonialism in North America, acknowledging how both issues of gender and race intersect within the identity of two spirit.

Historicizing the Violence Against Native Women

November 2, 2017

LL 272 | 4:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored with the Office for Intercultural Engagement

The Department of Justice reports that four out of every five Indigenous and Native American women have experienced and will experience sexual, physical, mental, or emotional violence in their lifetime. More often than not, this violence occurs at the hands of a partner. Bryan Rindfleisch, Ph.D. is a professor in the History Department and has authored a number of articles regarding Native American history. He specializes in Native resistance to colonization as well as the role of violence in indigenous communities. He will be discussing the historical features of Native American society and its’ oppression by colonialist forces that account for such high rates of violence against women.

Men’s Health Across Difference Research Panel

November 9, 2017

Henke Lounge | 4:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored with the Office of Intercultural Engagement

In the county of Milwaukee, the male population experiences heightened health risks relative to the rest of the population. These disproportionately high health issues include alcohol and drug use, which affects 58% of the total population; violence, which affects 55% of the population; and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease, as according to the Center for Urban Population Health’s 2012-2013 Milwaukee County Community Health Needs Assessment. The panel will include experts from the fields of public health, medicine, and social justice who will discuss the health disparities across not only gender but race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and ability.

For full list of events hosted by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies, visit their website.


About the Forum

For academic year 2017-18, Marquette University will engage in a year-long series of events focusing on health equity. Building on last year’s theme “Freedom Dreams Now,” this year will explore health disparities, the social determinants of health, and opportunities for achieving greater equity locally and globally. Engaging students, faculty, staff, and the communities making up greater Milwaukee, Forum events will focus on several dimensions of health equity:

  • Children’s health/social determinants of health
  • Mental health: enduring stigmas and challenges
  • Global health: developing Marquette networks
  • Incarceration and health
  • Milwaukee: accessing healthcare

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This site will be updated throughout the academic year as we add events to our schedule.