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What Does 'Freedom' Mean To Me Reflection

What if there was no freedom?

The word "freedom" has been essential to how Americans understand themselves and their country since its founding, but the term has born many meanings and many contexts.

Whether it is idealized, politicized, or questioned, "freedom" resonates strongly in American culture, despite the wide variety of understandings it evokes.

As part of Marquette's year-long Freedom Project, a commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War that explores the many meanings and histories of emancipation and freedom in the United States and beyond, the Raynor Memorial Libraries is hosting a competition inviting students, in 30 seconds or less, to reflect on the question, "What does 'freedom' mean to me?"

While this opportunity for reflection is open to any member of the Marquette community, only full and part-time Marquette undergraduate and graduate students will be eligible for prizes such as:

  • Basketball autographed by men's basketball coach Buzz Williams and women's basketball coach Terri Mitchell
  • Dwyane Wade bobblehead
  • Marquette baseball hat
  • Terri Mitchell bobblehead
  • Marquette t-shirts
  • Marquette winter hat
  • Al McGuire bobblehead

Library staff will be recording these video reflections during the following days and times:


4 pm to 5:30 pm
Beaumier Suites, Raynor Library (Lower Level)

This recording opportunity will take place before and after the presentation, Challenging Freedom: The FBI, U.S. Intelligence Services, and Individual Freedoms in Modern America.




11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Alumni Memorial Union 2nd floor rotunda

Stop by the table setup in the 2nd floor rotunda of the AMU to offer your reflection on on the question, "What does 'freedom' mean to me?"