1. Philosophy lecture to address African conception of equality

Dr. Nkiru Nzegwu, professor of Africana studies and the graduate program of philosophy, interpretation and culture at SUNY-Binghamton, will present “Engaging an African Conception of Equality,” tomorrow, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. in the John P. Raynor, S.J., Beaumier Conference Center. Nzegwu will examine equality from a dual-symmetrical, dual-sex system of a sociopolitical scheme. A reception will follow in Coughlin 135.

The lecture is sponsored by the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the Africana Studies Program and the Department of Philosophy.

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2. Author Charles Payne to speak on urban education reform

Dr. Charles Payne, professor of social service administration at the University of Chicago, will present this year’s Tommy G. Thompson lecture, “Urban School Reform in the Age of Obama: What Can We Expect? What Should We Hope for?” Payne will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom.

Payne studies urban education and reform, social inequality, social change and modern African-American history. He has authored several books, including So Much Reform, So Little Change and Teach Freedom: The African-American Tradition of Education For Liberation.

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3. Lecture to address Luther studies in a Catholic context

Dr. Markus Wriedt, distinguished professor of historical theology and a Reformation historian, will present “‘We’ve said nothing new!’ Luther on Tradition and Innovation,” Thursday, March 5, at 4 p.m. in Straz Hall 105. A discussion will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Wriedt takes Luther’s claim, that he had not said anything new, as the leading principle of his theology and his attempts to reform the Church. Wriedt will discuss why the Church was divided even though Luther was both conservative and Catholic.

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4. Public spaces and sense of community is topic of lecture

The College of Professional Studies will host “Building on Hope — A Grace for Public Spaces,” Friday, March 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to noon in AMU Ballroom E.

Urban architect David Greusel and Eric O. Jacobsen, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith, will explore how society uses public spaces to influence our sense of community.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to Laura Furey, graduate assistant, at 8-6010.

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5. WWHEL workshops to focus on the power of self

Registration is now open for the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership spring workshops. This year's topic is "The Power of Self: Invest in Your Strengths," led by Jane Birkholz, career placement coordinator at Lakeshore Technical College. Participants will learn to identify their innate talents to focus on those with the most potential for success.

The event takes place Tuesday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in AMU Ballrooms A & B.

The $55 cost includes an individual assessment of personal strengths, as well as lunch and refreshments. Register online by Wednesday, April 1.

For more information contact Suzanne Abler, assistant provost for division operations.

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6. Encourage students to win $200 for an A-grade paper

Faculty are asked to encourage their students to enter Raynor Memorial Libraries’ 12th Maria Dittman Research Paper Competition, which recognizes the importance of effective library research. Students can win a $200 cash prize for entering in freshman/sophomore, junior/senior and graduate/professional categories. All A-grade research papers written during the 2008 calendar year are eligible. The submission deadline is Friday, March 6.

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7. Faber Center to host Lenten retreat, rosary praying

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host a Half-Day Lenten Retreat on Friday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gesu Parish Hall. RSVP by Monday, March 2, at 8-4545.

Rev. J.J. O’Leary, S.J., associate director of the Faber Center, will lead a praying of the rosary from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111, the first Wednesday of each month, beginning March 4. All faiths are welcome. No RSVP is needed.

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8. “Sample the Soups” to benefit Hunger Clean-Up

Hunger Clean-Up’s annual “Sample the Soups” will take place Wednesday, March 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. Soups donated by local soup establishments include black bean chili and tomato bisque as well as vegetarian and vegan soups. Participants will also have the opportunity to take home a handmade bowl from local schools.

Live music will be provided by student musicians and the winning entry from the 2008 Reel Poverty Film Festival will be shown. The 2008 festival focused on hunger and homelessness through short documentaries made by Marquette students. This year’s festival will be held during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on Thursday, April 16.

A suggested donation of $5 to $10 will benefit the 20th annual Hunger Clean-up.

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9. College of Engineering offering classes for young students

The College of Engineering is offering engineering academies for students ages 8 through 18 this semester, covering basic engineering principles, robotics and physics:

• “The Physics of CARS!” — Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for ages 8 to 16. Students learn the physics of cars and build cars powered by pneumatics, rubber bands, mousetraps, motors, propellers and solar energy.

• “Civil Engineering — Trusses, Bridges & Towers” — Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for ages 8 to 16. Students design wooden trusses, bridges and towers and a model home that will be tested for earthquake endurance.

In addition to the Saturday sessions, the College of Engineering will also offer week-long classes during spring break, April 13-17. Registration and additional information are available online.

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10. Sidewalks and parking limited around Zilber Hall

There will be limited sidewalk and parking lane access around the Zilber Hall construction site beginning Monday, March 2. A crane will work its way around the structure to erect the pre-cast concrete panels that will be attached to the exterior, serving as the building façade.

This construction phase is expected to be completed by April 27.

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