Rev. Michael Maher, S.J., chair of the History Department at Gonzaga University, will present the 2008 Ciszek Lecture, “A Jesuit Education: Some Reflections from the Writings of St. Ignatius,” today, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. Maher will examine three themes that have their foundation in St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus at Marquette University, Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Walter J. Ciszek Catholic Spirituality Collection and the Department of History.
The Manresa Project is seeking nominations for the 2009 First Year Reading Program. Since 2009-10 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women attending Marquette University, Manresa is looking for a text that fits with the themes of access to education, opening doors to opportunity, the positive presence of women in all aspects of society and social justice. In addition, nominated texts should:
• be a relatively short narrative (no greater than 300 pages), preferably fiction;
• be compelling for student participation and academically appropriate for faculty participation;
• enable students to reflect on their own gifts, talents and values as a means of defining their own identity; and
• be able to tangibly connect to orientation, classes and Manresa Project programming.
Send nominations to Mary Ferwerda, assistant director of the Manresa Project, by Monday, Oct. 20.
Opportunities are available for regular and adjunct faculty to participate in the Honors Program curriculum for 2009-2010.
As a university-wide program, students from all colleges participate in the Honors Program and proposals from all disciplines are welcomed. Lower level honors seminars involve a stipend, while upper level seminars involve a course "buy out."
The deadline for course proposals is Friday, Oct. 3. For more information or a copy of the proposal invitation, contact Maria Cooper, assistant director of the Honors Program.
Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, will moderate a “Women, Politics, and the Glass Ceiling,” panel Monday, Oct. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Memorial Hall.
Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, State Representative Sue Jeskewitz, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and former State Senate Majority Leader Mary Panzer will address the issues and challenges facing women in the political arena, as well as progress in Wisconsin.
A brief reception will follow.
The Department of Biological Sciences will host a seminar tomorrow, Oct. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Dr. Wai-Meng Kwok, associate professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology and toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will present “Silent but Deadly: The Cardiac Iks Channel and its Pharmacological Modulation.”
The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium tomorrow, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry Building 121. Dr. Tadhg Begley, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, will present “Thiamin: A Simple Cofactor with a Complex Pathway.”
The Law School will host an information session for prospective students tomorrow, Oct. 3, at 12:30 p.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and more. A brief tour of the Law School led by a current law student will follow each session. No registration is necessary.
The department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will present three Hispanic films during the third annual Hispanic Film and Lecture series next week. All films are shown in Spanish with English subtitles and begin at 7 p.m. in Lalumiere Hall 176, followed by a discussion.
• Monday, Oct. 6 — La Otra Conquista; discussant: Dr. Dinorah Cortes-Velez, assistant professor of Spanish
• Tuesday, Oct. 7 — Bajo La Misma Luna; discussant: Dr. Pilar Bellver, assistant professor of Spanish
• Wednesday, Oct. 8 — La Habana: Arte Nuevo de Hacer Ruinas; discussant: Dr. Rolando Morelli, professor of Spanish studies, Villanova University
• Thursday, Oct. 9 — Feminine Voices in Contemporary Afrocuban Poetry; book presentation by Dr. Rolando Morelli
The Hispanic Film Series is free and open to the public. Contact Dr. Armando Gonzalez-Perez, professor of Spanish, at 8-7268 for more information.
Marquette University Volunteers are looking for faculty and staff to purchase gifts for names on the Holiday Giving Tree. When the Giving Tree recipient names are available in early November, they will be campus-mailed to faculty and staff who have requested Giving Tree names.
Each name ornament has the recipient’s age and a gift suggestion to make purchasing easier. The gifts should be between $20 and $25. Monetary donations and general gift donations are also welcome.
Contact Kathy Hawkins, chair of MU Volunteers, to RSVP or for more information.
The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality’s Cancer Support Group for faculty, staff and administrators whose lives have been touched by cancer meets the second Wednesday of the month, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111. The Rev. J.J. O’Leary, S.J., associate director of the Faber Center, and Stephanie Russell, executive director of university mission and identity, lead the group and offer their support.
Contact Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, associate director of the Faber Center, at 8-6672 for more information.
The 2008 edition of the Safety Resource Guide is now available online. The guide contains information about Department of Public Safety programs and services, as well as university policies concerning drugs and alcohol.