1. Three concerts feature wind ensemble, symphony orchestra and blind Incan pianist

The Marquette Wind Ensemble will perform a concert, "Music of the Americas," Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will feature a guest soloist, trumpeter Hugo Moreno, performing a trumpet concerto by American composer David Gillingham. Also featured are works from Central and South America, and other classics from the United States. The concert is free and open to the public.
Pianist Hwaen Ch’qui, a blind Incan pianist and three-time Tanglewood fellow, will present a free master class in which he will briefly perform and discuss ways to improve piano technique Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.  

Ch’qui will also perform with the Marquette University Symphony Orchestra at a free concert Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Ch’qui will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” followed by Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major. &

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2. Dr. Azar Nafisi, Iranian author, to speak next week

Dr. Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, will present "The Republic of the Imagination: The Power of Literature to Liberate Minds and Peoples” for the Allis Chalmers Distinguished Professor in International Affairs Lecture series Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nafisi is visiting professor and the director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, a portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. The book has spent more than 117 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into 32 languages and has won many literary awards.

Nafisi has also conducted workshops in Iran for female students on the relationship between culture and human rights, has lectured and written extensively in English and Persian on the political implications of literature and culture, as well as the human rights of the Iranian women and girls and the important role they play in the process of change for pluralism and an open society in Iran.

The lecture is sponsored by the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Friman, professor of political science and Eliot Fitch Chair for International Studies, at 8-5991.

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3. Nationally known journalists to discuss whether entertainment is eclipsing news

The Diederich College of Communication will host a student-produced Centennial Seminar for the Burleigh Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m., streamed live to the Johnston Hall student lounge and available on Time Warner Cable’s Wisconsin on Demand afterward.

A live roundtable discussion of nationally known journalists will discuss “Is Entertainment Eclipsing News?” Panelists include:
• Bill Burleigh, Jour ’57, chairman, retired president and chief executive officer of The E.W. Scripps Company
• Dr. Sybril Bennett, professor of media studies at Belmont University and Emmy Award-winning television news journalist
• Quiana Burns, Emmy Award-winning journalist with The Last Word on MSNBC
• Dr. Pamela Hill Nettleton, assistant professor of journalism at Marquette
• Kimberly Schwandt, Emmy Award-winning White House producer at Fox News
• Ben Tracy, Comm ’98 and Grad ‘04, Emmy award-winning CBS News correspondent
• Baratunde Rafiz Thurston, web editor at The Onion
• Gideon Yago, writer and former correspondent for MTV News and CBS News.

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4. Limited number of tickets available for Father Wild bobblehead game

In recognition of the career of Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will hold a ceremony in his honor during halftime of the Saturday, Feb. 19, men’s basketball game.

All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative bobblehead of Father Wild at the game, 8 p.m. vs. Seton Hall at the Bradley Center. A limited number of tickets are available online and by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Father Wild, an avid basketball fan, championed Marquette’s membership in the BIG EAST Conference in 2005. Fans can catch a glimpse of him at home basketball games, where he is known for establishing the Marquette gold sweater vest as preferred fan apparel. 

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5. Africologist to discuss mass media and African quest for liberation

The Haggerty Museum of Art will host a lecture by Dr. Ahmed Mbalia, senior lecturer in Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. at the museum.

Mbalia will present ”The Dialectics of Mass Media in African Peoples Quest for Liberation” in conjunction with the Hollywood Icons, Local Demons: Ghanaian Popular Paintings by Mark Anthony exhibition, which consists of paintings for three different plays. Ghanaian master artist Mark Anthony is acclaimed for his signage-inspired paintings that attract audiences to itinerant theatrical performances or “concert parties” by local musicians and actors. This exhibition of Anthony’s work consists of sets of paintings for three different plays: Some Rivals Are Dangerous; In This World, If You Do Not Allow Your Brother to Climb, You Will Not Climb; and When A Royal Dies, We Take Him Home. Each set portrays key scenes from the plays, including tales that reflect the social pressures brought about by rapid change and globalization, designed to attract attention and promote discussion as people walk or ride by.

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6. Founder of PlayWorks USA, and webinar to address social entrepreneurship

Jill Vialet, founder of PlayWorks USA, will share her journey as an Ashoka fellow and her national model for systemic change, combining childhood fitness/play and classroom learning, Thursday, Feb. 17, in Zilber 470 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. No registration is needed. For more information contact Elizabeth Wieland, university advancement office associate, at 8-0726.

A “Careers in Social Change” webinar will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Zilber 370. Mrim Boutla, co-founder of The More Than Money League, and Katie Kross, EDGE associate director and author of Profession and Purpose, will discuss resources, information and best practices for partnering with others on campus and beyond to help changemakers translate their education into careers that will build a better world. The program will address how to connect students and alumni with the resources and insights they need to compete for opportunities in corporate social responsibility, social enterprises and nonprofits. RSVP to Wieland at 8-0726.

Both programs are sponsored by the Office of the Provost’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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7. Simmons fund applications due tomorrow

The submission deadline for proposals to the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund is tomorrow, Feb. 15, for grants for the 2011-2012 academic year. The fund finances small projects or seed money for programs and events that deepen the religious nature of Marquette. The grants usually range between $500 and $2,500. Proposals that are interdisciplinary and interdepartmental receive special consideration.

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8. Faber Center offering rosary praying and Aging Parents Support Group

Rev. J.J. O'Leary, S.J., associate director of the Faber Center, will lead praying of the rosary tomorrow, Feb. 15, at noon in Schroeder Complex 111. No RSVP is needed.

Father O'Leary will also host a Caring for Aging Parents Support Group on Thursday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 111. No RSVP is needed. Beverages will be served. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

For more information call 8-4545.

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9. Peace Corps panel presentation is Wednesday

The Peace Corps at Marquette University will host a Peace Corps fellows panel presentation Wednesday, Feb. 16 (not Feb. 15, as previously listed), 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in AMU 254. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the benefits of the Peace Corps with volunteers who have lived and worked in international communities. For more information, contact Kirk Longstein, regional volunteer recruiter at Peace Corps, at 312-353-9092. The program is sponsored by the Career Services Center.

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10. Biology, chemistry and math seminars to be held this week

Dr. Kenneth Campbell, assistant professor of physiology at the University of Kentucky, will present “Emergent Mechanical Properties of Skeletal and Cardiac Muscles.” This Department of Biological Sciences seminar will take place Friday, Feb. 18, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Science 111. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. For more information, call the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

Dr. Curtis Berlinguette, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Calgary and fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, will present a Department of Chemistry colloquium Friday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Berlinguette will present “Rational design of metal complexes for solar energy conversion schemes.” Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science will hold a colloquium Friday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Dr. Thomas Wirtz, director of dental informatics, School of Dentistry, will present “Opportunities of Improving MapReduce Energy Efficiency for Computation Intensive Workloads."

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11. Workshop to address using quizzing, surveys and gradebook in D2L

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center are holding “Using quizzing, surveys and gradebook in D2L” Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 21 and 22.

The workshop is part of a series focusing on e-teaching subjects and skills that are useful in online and hybrid (combined online and face-to-face) teaching. The series combines the subjects formerly offered in the separate e-teaching and hybrid workshops.

Each workshop will be offered twice a week, on Monday and Tuesday, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Raynor 320H:

Feb. 28 and March 1 — Using the discussion forum in D2L
March 7 and 8 — Producing and using digital images
March 21 and 22 — Video and audio production
March 28 and 29 — Web 2.0: web pages, timelines, storytelling; wikis and blogs, etc.
April 4 and 5 — Using clickers
April 11 and 12 — Same time technology: Skype, Live Meeting, etc.
April 18 and 19 — What librarians can do for you
May 2 and 3 — Social media; Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

Registration is suggested, but not required, at 8-7305. For more information contact Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-0268.

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12. Free healthy cooking demonstrations offered

The Employee Wellness Program and Sodexo have partnered to offer a free Healthy Cooking Series of three demonstrations to teach how to cook tasty and healthy meals in minutes.  

The series includes “Flavorful Stir-Fry Variations” Feb. 24, “Mediterranean Salmon” March 10, and “There’s No Time, Healthy Breakfast” April 7. Sessions will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in AMU 163.

Contact Amy Melichar, coordinator, Student Health Service/Center for Health Education and Promotion, at 8-5217 to register for any of the demonstrations. Space is limited.

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13. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective full- and part-time students Friday, Feb. 18, in Eckstein 246, the Appellate Courtroom. The session will provide admissions and financial aid information and a panel of current students.

Tours of the Law School will begin at 9 a.m. and the seminar begins at 10 a.m. Register online.

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14. Public Safety offering self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will hold a free self-defense class at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in AMU 163.
The class incorporates national and local crime trends, a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females. Participants are encouraged to wear athletic attire. Register is required by calling DPS at 8-6800.

Additional classes will be held at 5 p.m. in AMU 163:

• Monday, March 28
• Tuesday, April 12

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15. Hmong Student Organization selling egg rolls Wednesday

The Hmong Student Organization is selling chicken and vegetable egg rolls Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wehr Chemistry lobby. The price is $1.75 for one egg roll, $3 for two, $8 for a half dozen and $15 for one dozen. For delivery order forms or more information, contact Hmong Student Organization President Rhaoda Thao, or organization member Maly Lor.

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