Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., will give his annual President’s Address tomorrow, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Monaghan Ballroom of the Alumni Memorial Union. A reception will follow.
Tickets for Dr. Shirin Ebadi's Mission Week keynote address, "Human Rights and the Consequences of Faith," Thursday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. are no longer available. Individuals interested in tickets can put their name on a waiting list in Brooks Lounge, AMU. Ebadi's speech will be simulcast in AMU. No tickets are necessary to attend the simulcast.
Employees of all faiths are invited to a respite in their workday at the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality for a Mission Week Midday Ignatian Examination of Consciousness, a form of inclusive, Ignatian prayer. The session will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111. Contact the center at 8-4545 for more information.
The Department of Theology will host a Mission Week showing of The Color of Paradise at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Cudahy 001. The story is about Mohammad, an 8-year-old blind boy who is a live-in student at a school for the blind in Tehran, contrasting Mohammad’s ability to observe the world around him with his inability to see.
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The Diederich College of Communication, the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and Gesu Church will present a free concert by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lucas Richman on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gesu Church. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The Marquette University Chorus will perform around 7 p.m.
Jeff Coffin, saxophonist with the Dave Matthews Band, will perform with the Marquette Jazz Ensemble on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Coffin has also performed with musician Béla Fleck. Coffin’s appearance is partially sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation and Cascio Interstate Music.
The Marquette Orchestra will also hold a concert, Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m., in the Varsity Theatre. The “Be My Valentine,” theme will be carried out with My Funny Valentine, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony-Finale and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
The Marquette Symphonic Band will perform Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert, “Lord of the Rings,” will include music by Johan de Meij, Dmitri Shostakovich, Peter Mennin and Roger Nixon.
The performances are free and open to the public.
Raynor Library’s Special Collection and Archives will launch "Carl Van Vechten’s African American Photographs and the Karl Priebe Legacy," Feb. 9, a new digital collection featuring more than 700 portraits made by author, critic and amateur photographer Carl Van Vechten. The Feb. 9 launch coincides with the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. Bruce Kellner, a Van Vechten scholar and author of his biography, will provide remarks at 7 p.m. in Raynor Library. The event is co-sponsored by the departments of English and history.
Milwaukee’s sick leave ordinance will be the subject of an “On the Issues With Mike Gousha” event Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., in Sensenbrenner 325. Amy Stear, Wisconsin director of 9to5 National Association of Working Women, and Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, will discuss pros and cons of the new law. The ordinance requires employers in Milwaukee to provide their employees with up to nine paid sick days each calendar year.
Video artist Janet Biggs will present a gallery talk Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in connection with stop.look.listen: an exhibition of video works at the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art. The exhibition features two prevalent expressions in video, “feedback” and “immersion,” from 14 international artists through Feb. 22.
The museum is also hosting an exhibition of prints, Whatever is There is a Truth: Robert Rauschenberg’s Prints, by postwar American artist Robert Rauschenberg from Friday, Dec. 12, through Oct. 4, 2009. Rauschenberg was widely regarded as a principal bridge between Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s and pop art in the 1960s, working in a variety of disciplines and mediums including printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography, dance, technology and performance art.
Marquette community members can enjoy the "Voices of Marquette" podcasts throughout Mission Week. This series of audio podcast interviews will be released daily during Mission Week, highlighting the lives, work and commitments of members of the Marquette community, including Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law; Dr. John Pauly, provost; Rev. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of theology; Dr. Irfan Omar, assistant professor of theology; and Terri Mitchell, women’s basketball coach.
Raynor Memorial Libraries are also offering an online resource guide to support reading and discussion of Mission Week topics — Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the human rights of women and children, Islamic and Iranian history, and acting on one's faith. The resource guide includes books, articles, DVDs, videos and Web sites.
Marquette's own Midnight Run meal program and the Center for Peacemaking can benefit from the Mission Week effort of individuals to sign up for GoodSearch, a search engine that donates 50 percent of its revenue to the charities and schools of the user's choice. When individuals sign up for GoodSearch, each Internet search will earn a small amount of money for their chosen cause. The money GoodSearch donates comes from its advertisers, so it costs users nothing to participate.
The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer 104J. Dr. Doug Woods, associate professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present "From Bench to Bedside: Behavior Therapy for Tic Disorders in Children."
Dr. Carol Williams, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will present a colloquium for the Department of Biological Sciences on Friday, Feb. 6, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of her presentation is "Regulation of Members of the Ras and Rho Families of Small GTPases by SmgGds in Lung Cancer and Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells."
A colloquium by the Department of Chemistry will be held Friday, Feb. 6, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Jonathon Sessler, professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, will present "Pyrrole-Based Receptors for Potentially Hazardous Materials."
The winter issue of Compendium, the semiannual publication of faculty and staff accomplishments, has been distributed to all faculty. The next issue will be distributed this summer and will cover accomplishments from early winter 2008 through early summer 2009.
Faculty and staff with 2008 professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards that aren’t in the winter issue, should make sure they’re documented on the university’s News From You online resource.
Recent accomplishments should be submitted online.
Compiling these faculty accomplishments is an excellent way to let the campus community know about the great research taking place at Marquette and to allow fellow faculty to see opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
The Office of International Education and the College of Business Administration are holding program-specific information sessions for Marquette’s study abroad options Thursday, Feb. 5. A full schedule is available on the OIE Study Abroad Web site.
Gesu Parish will host a listening session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, for individuals 22 to 35 years old interested in forming a young adult group. The meeting will take place in the Ignatius Room of Gesu Parish Center, behind the church. Contact Mike Heimbach at 8-7101 for more information.
Growing up Catholic, I absorbed a view of how faith has consequences. Faith, a gift, received God’s revelation centered in Christ that the Church taught a set of beliefs summed up in the Creed. These beliefs entail general ethical norms such as the Ten Commandments and particular value-judgments that invite or demand decisions. Decisions produce good actions such as observing the Third Commandment on keeping the Sabbath by going to church on Sunday. Faith leads to practice. Practice involves worship of God.
Years, life as a Jesuit, travel, knowing people of many backgrounds, languages and cultures, along with prayer and theological inquiry have led to development in that view. A primordial faith is a universal dimension of the human condition insofar as God loves what has been brought forth as creation, a love that extends to humanity as fallen. Somehow the never-distant Creator affects all people in a manner able to be experienced as simply awareness of our finitude (time, multiplicity, temptation) and as a depth in our humanity ever open to the absolute in light of which we perceive the finite and relative and out of which love arises.
The world’s religions, and local religions too, each draw upon and give concrete expression to this primordial faith in beliefs, practices and value-judgments of the most various sorts. A decisive point is what God is like, because that is the norm for all else. Christianity believes in Christ as the definitive, God-given manifestation of what God is like and as the one whose message is salvation. Heeding the Third Commandment to keep holy the Sabbath remains in force as a mandate to worship God through the Eucharist. I believe so I act in the mode of worship. Liturgy is among the most immediate consequences of Catholic belief. A second decisive point in any religion is what humanity is like, and how we are to treat one another, and on this Christianity has a mandate from Jesus to imitate divine, universal love. Many have come to see that this involves social justice.
A parallel consequence of believing in Christ and his message occurs in the form of attention to what the world’s religions have in common on how to treat human beings. For Christians, Matthew’s Gospel chapter 25 pictures Jesus laying down our connection with suffering humanity as the measure of the authenticity of our belief in him.
In all, I act in consequence of my belief by awakening to the universal, primordial faith somehow active in all religions and doubtless in those active for social justice apart from religion too. Christian belief leads to openness to the hand of God in other religions. I act by learning, seeking, seeing, forming relationships, choosing social justice and human rights.
~ Rev. Thomas Hughson, S.J.
associate professor of theology