1. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series that Diederich College of Communication students contributed to wins a Polk Award

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Chronic Crisis" series, in which Diederich College of Communication students teamed with a reporter to investigate mental health care in Milwaukee County and Belgium, has won a George A. Polk Award, one of journalism's most prestigious honors.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reporter Meg Kissinger was one of 15 Polk winners announced Sunday night. She will share the award for medical reporting with the Sacramento Bee for its reports on mental health issues. Kissinger examined the county's troubled mental health system during a nine-month fellowship with the Diederich College of Communication. Groups of graduate and undergraduate students contributed to the series, "Chronic Crisis: A System That Doesn't Heal," as reporters, filmmakers and research assistants. Polk judges praised the series as "so revelatory, analytical and conclusive that they amount to a definitive study of a system that barely functions."

Kissinger's time at Marquette preceded the Perry and Alicia O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, which this academic year has an inaugural class of three distinguished journalists working with students to examine vital energy, environmental and health care issues.

In October, the O'Brien program hosted "Milwaukee County's Mental Health: Solutions to a Chronic Crisis," a two-day conference that included a community discussion about the issues the series brought to light. The series has led to many reforms, including several bills signed by Gov. Scott Walker and another measure aimed at creating a new governing body to oversee mental health care in the county.

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2. Metcalfe Chair to give lecture on how data destroyed the promise of civil rights for African-Americans

The Department of History will host Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, one of the university's three Ralph H. Metcalfe Chairs this semester, for a lecture titled, "Guilty Until Statistically Proven Innocent: How Data Destroyed the Promise of Civil Rights," Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Muhammad is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. His research focus is the link between race and crime and how it has shaped and limited opportunities for African–Americans. Muhammad's book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. He is working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow. Muhammad's work has been covered widely by outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and more.

The Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential chair that brings an African-American, Latino/a or Native American scholar to Marquette each semester. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Kahrl, assistant professor of history, at (414) 288-8513.

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3. Center for Peacemaking to host workshop on government lobbying

The Center for Peacemaking and the Catholic Relief Services Ambassador Program will host a free, interactive workshop on government lobbying Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lalumiere, 216. Jennifer Betz, the Midwest Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services, and Madeleine Philbin, the Midwest Director of Catholic Relief Services, will help participants develop lobbying skills to effectively communicate with both state and federal officials. Part of the workshop will be practicing those skills by simulating district visits.

For more information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at (414) 288-8444.

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4. Attend the Housing Fair to learn more about sophomore housing options

The Office of Residence Life will hold the 2014 Housing Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Students will learn about the sign-up process for sophomore housing; the various housing options available; Living Learning Communities within sophomore residence halls, including the Dorothy Day Social Justice Learning Community; and more.

For more information, contact the Office of Residence Life at (414) 288-7208.

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5. Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology hosting colloquium on art therapy

The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology will hold a colloquium Wednesday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the AMU, 227. Dr. Bruce Moon, director of the graduate art therapy program at Mount Mary University, will present "Art Therapy for Helping Professions."

A schedule of upcoming colloquium presentations is online.

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6. Department of Social and Cultural Sciences colloquium to focus on abuse of power by Russian police

The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences will a host a colloquium Friday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. in Lalumiere, 322. Dr. Olga Semukhina, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will present, "Abuse of Power By Russian Police: Experiences With the National and International Legal Remedies."

Semukhina will present the results of her research based on data she collected in Volgograd, Russia, during 2011, including interviews with victims of police abuse and their lawyers, court documents, focus groups with criminal justice professionals and a survey of the general population. The project explores effectiveness of legal remedies for police abuse within the Russian legal system and the European Court of Human Rights.

Light refreshments will be served.

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7. Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture will be delivered by one of the country's leading voices in media ethics

The Diederich College of Communication will host Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute senior faculty member and editor of The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century, for the 2014 Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. in the Helfaer Theatre. McBride will deliver "Truth and Trust in the 21st Century: Why Journalism Ethics Will Change."

The Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture is sponsored annually by the Diederich College of Communication. Burleigh lectures address ethical issues today's communicators report on, as well as those they wrestle with in their own work.

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8. Next Soup with Substance to focus on relieving poverty in Milwaukee

The next Soup with Substance, "Here I Am, Lord: Living as an 'Underground Railroad' for Those Held Captive by Poverty," will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157. MacCannon Brown, founder of Repairers of the Breach, will share her call to work with the poor in Milwaukee and the graces and challenges that come with this work.

Soup with Substance is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking. Registration is not required for this free event.

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9. Attend reading by 19th century American literature scholar

The Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Friends and Alumni of Marquette English will host Dr. Amina Gautier, assistant professor of English at De Paul University, for a reading of her work Monday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Gautier, author of At-Risk and winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award in Fiction, has published more than 60 stories and is a scholar of 19th century American literature. She is a former Mitchem Fellow.

A reception will follow the reading.

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10. Former CEO of Allen Edmonds is next guest at "After Hours Speaker Series"

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship will host the second edition of the "After Hours Speaker Series" on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The event will feature John Stollenwerk, former CEO and owner of Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation. Stollenwerk, a Marquette University trustee emeritus, will discuss his time running the shoe brand along with his decades of international and domestic business experience.

Register online. For more information, contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator in the College of Business Administration, at (414) 288-7745.

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11. Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy to host lecture on Aquinas

The Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy will present "The Eastern Aquinas: Reflections on the Reception of Thomas in the Orthodox Christian World," Friday, Feb. 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU, 252. Dr. Marcus Plested, associate professor of theology, will deliver the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Owen Goldin, professor of philosophy, at (414) 288-5949.

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12. Marquette Theatre's Almost, Maine, continues this week

Marquette Theatre is performing Almost, Maine, a comedy that chronicles how the residents of the tiny town of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways one magical winter night. Performances will run:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at (414) 288-7504.

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13. Register for a webinar on the history of the Beatles

The Marquette University Alumni Association will present a free webinar about the history of the Beatles on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Dr. James South, associate professor and associate dean for faculty in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, will explore the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as the social context that provided the background for "Beatlemania."

Register online.

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14. Taize prayer service will be held in St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Campus Ministry will hold a Taize prayer service Friday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Taize prayer is an ecumenical form of prayer that includes short, meditative songs interspersed throughout the prayer, Scripture readings, a period of silent reflection and prayers of intercession.

For more information, contact Tom Koester, assistant director of liturgical music for Campus Ministry, at (414) 288-3695.

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15. Autism Speaks U to host bake sale this Friday

Autism Speaks U will host a bake sale Friday, Feb. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry and Lalumiere Hall. Puzzle-piece-shaped cookies will be available and all proceeds and donations benefit autism awareness and research.

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