1. Domestic violence survivor to present lecture and reading on campus April 2-3

The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will sponsor author and domestic violence survivor Elin Stebbins Waddal for the McGee Lecture, "Winds of Change: One Woman's Journey Beyond Domestic Violence," Wednesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites B/C.

The GSRC will host a reception for Waddal Tuesday, April 2, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, 425. She will provide a reading from her memoir, Tornado Warning: A Memoir Of Teen Dating Violence And Its Effect On A Woman's Life. The reading will be followed by a discussion on the impact of dating violence relative to the author's personal story of survival. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Both events are free and open to the community as part of the university's recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness month. For more information, contact Sue Cooper, coordinator of sexual violence and advocacy services, 8-5244.

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2. Attend dialogue on measuring intercultural competence

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of International Education will host Dr. Darla Deardorff, executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators, in an engaging discussion about intercultural competence Tuesday, April 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Holthusen Hall, fourth floor.

Deardorff is a research scholar in the Program in Education at Duke University, visiting professor at Leeds-Metropolitan University, adjunct professor at Monterey Institute of International Studies, faculty at Harvard University's Future of Learning Institute and faculty at the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland. As a professional in the field for more than 15 years, Deardorff has received numerous invitations from around the world to speak on her research and work on intercultural competence and international education assessment.

Registration should be completed by Friday, March 29, and can be done so online or by contacting Karina Mendoza, office assistant in the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-6854.

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3. Young alumni will offer advice at next eMentor Speaker Series

Students and young alumni are invited to the CIRCLES eMentor Speaker Series, Life After Graduation 101, Wednesday, April 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Topics including work/life balance, expanding your personal and professional network and understanding company benefits will be discussed by a panel of recent Marquette alumni. A complimentary light dinner will be served. Register to attend this session to connect with more than 200 alumni in the eMentor Network.

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4. Renascence sponsors lecture on William Dean Howells

Professor Thomas Wortham, emeritus professor of English at the University of California Los Angeles, and former editor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, will present "William Dean Howells' Spiritual Quest(ioning) in a 'World Come of Age,'" Wednesday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the AMU, Lunda Room. This lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk.

This fifth biennial Joseph M. Schwartz lecture is sponsored by the English Department's Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature. It will be distributed to individuals attending the lecture as part of the spring issue of Renascence.

Renascence is the 65-year-old scholarly journal published at Marquette, whose current editor is John Curran, professor of English, and whose senior editor is Edwin Block, professor emeritus of English.

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5. Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to hold third annual Caribbean Conference

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will host the third annual Caribbean Conference Thursday, April 11, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Cudahy, 001. Cuban author Zoe Valdez will deliver the keynote address. Valdez has been named this year's recipient of Spain's Azorin Novel Prize for "La mujer que llora" (The Weeping Woman), a work about a lover and muse of Pablo Picasso. A reception with light refreshments will follow the event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For additional information, contact Katie Tarara, administrative assistant in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, at 8-1797.

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6. Sensenbrenner Hall renovations begin April 2

Renovation work on Sensenbrenner Hall will begin Tuesday, April 2. The first part of the project will include the demolition of the former legal research library. The general contractor for the project, KBS, will begin placing construction fencing and preparing the site for demolition. Additional information regarding the project including sidewalk closings and parking impacts can be found on the Office of The University Architect's website.

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7. NeuroMotor Control Laboratory seeking children for research study

The NeuroMotor Control Laboratory is seeking healthy right-handed children ages 11-18 for a study investigating motor coordination and brain activity. Study participation involves three research sessions on the campus of the Medical College of Wisconsin. During each session, children will be asked to play a video game in which they move the handle of an exercise device to control graphics on a computer screen.

The final session involves participation in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, a non-invasive, non-harmful way of measuring the children's brain activity. Parents and children will be asked to complete questionnaires about the child's development. Children are not allowed to participate if they have metal within the body, such as orthodontic braces, aneurysm clips, metal implants or pacemakers. Participants will be compensated $15 per hour for practice sessions and $30 per hour for the MRI session and will be provided with free parking. Sessions will last up to 2 hours. Boys, in particular, are needed for the study. Evening and weekend appointments are available.

The study has been approved by the Medical College of Wisconsin's Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information or to volunteer, contact Nicole Salowitz, research assistant of biomedical engineering, or Dr. Robert Scheidt, associate professor of biomedical engineering, at 8-6184.

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