2013

Islamophobia Workshop: Identifying Sources and Solutions
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
5 – 7 p.m.
Raynor Library, Beaumier Suite A
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) facilitated an interactive workshop on Islamophobia for students and faculty. The workshop was co-sponsored by Social Welfare and Justice, Marquette Muslim Student Association and the Office of International Education.

International Education Week: Palestinian Culture Night
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
5 – 8 p.m.
AMU 163
Students for Justice in Palestine hosted a vibrant cultural night during International Education Week 2013. Attendees learned about Palestinian culture, ate traditional foods from the region, got henna tattoos, and enjoyed a Debka dance performance.

Discover Your Life Purpose – Intersection of world religions
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6 – 8 p.m.
AMU Ballrooms
Intercultural Engagement, Campus Ministry, the Office of International Education, MUSG, SEAS and the Indian Student Association organized an event focused on world religions and the purpose of life. Students learned about and discussed values central in Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The event also included a traditional Indian dinner provided by Tandoor Restaurant and a Bhangra performance.

Peacemaking and Nonviolence in World Religions
October 3, 2013
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

International scholars/practitioners representing various religious traditions presented their traditions' perspectives on peacemaking and nonviolence. They symposium was co-organized by the Department of Theology and the Center for Peacemaking and funded by the Office of Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity. Symposium papers will be published as: Peace be with You: Peacemaking and Nonviolence in World's Religions. Eds. Irfan A. Omar and Joshua Burns (2014).

Beyond the Veil
Saturday, April 27, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Islamic Society of Milwaukee, 4707 S 13th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53221.

What do we really see when we look at Muslim women's clothing? Take part in a lively discussion with cultural experts and community members. Food and refreshments will be provided. For questions, contact enaya.othman@mu.edu. Sponsored by the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute.

Prospects Between Egypt and America Post January 25th Revolution

Maged Refaat, Egyptian General Counsel
Tuesday, April 23
5:30-7 p.m.
Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A, lower level

The January 25th revolution in Egypt has sparked interest among Americans to understand what really took place, and if these developments will affect future American-Egyptian relations and American-Middle Eastern relations at large. Join Egyptian General Counsel Maged Refaat to discuss the current developments. View the complete video of his lecture below.

A Henna Night Before the Wedding
Saturday, April 6
5:30-8:30 p.m.
AMU 227

The Arab and Muslim Women's Research and Resource Institute, the Office of International Education and the Wisconsin Humanities Council hosted a traditional Arab Henna wedding ceremony Saturday, April 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in AMU, 227. This ceremony honored ROTC students Alexander Fabrizio, Arts and Sciences '13, and his fiancé, Rochelle Christensen, Arts and Sciences '12. Henna night is a popular celebration in Arab culture, wherein the bride and groom, along with their family and friends, celebrate the upcoming wedding by wearing traditional embroidered dresses and joining in a night of festivities, music, folk dance, songs and ceremonial feasts. This public event demonstrated the power of storytelling and cultural traditions in bringing together diverse people. Read more about the event in the April 15 Marquette Global Newsletter. Watch a brief video on the Marquette Global Facebook page.

Conference on Engaging Islam and Muslims: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
March 19-20, 2013
Raynor Conference Center Suites B&C

This Middle East and North Africa conference explored a range of scholarly engagements around MENA topics featuring a broad spectrum of Marquette University faculty from six different departments along with expert scholars from the Midwest region. The program is available online.

Dr. John P. Entelis, professor of political sciences and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, delivered the opening plenary, "A Comparative Assessment of Political Islam in Contemporary Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco," Tuesday, March 19. View the complete video of his lecture below.

Halo Project Interfaith Summit
March 22, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
AMU 227

The Interfaith Summit brought together faith community leaders with faculty and students to create dialogue about faith traditions and social justice in Milwaukee. A panel featuring Muslim, Jewish, Protestant and Roman Catholic representatives will begin the event, followed by table conversations to further explore partnerships for research, service learning and internships. The event was supported with a grant from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.

Global Discussion Series: "What's Next for the Middle East?"
February 20, 2013
4-5:30 p.m.
Raynor Library conference room, lower level

Global Discussion Series will present its third event, "What's Next for the Middle East?" in an engaging discussion surrounding global issues with faculty and students.A lively discussion will encourage awareness of international events and focus on the large questions facing the region. The series is designed to allow students and faculty to share their views, experience, and research questions to provide direction to students looking to explore such issue in greater depth. A panel of faculty experts briefly sketched social and political background and critical issues and a librarian offered reliable resources to dig deeper into the topics discussed.

Faculty Experts
Dr. Phil Naylor, Moderator (Professor of History)
Dr. Risa Brooks (Assistant Professor of Political Science)
Dr. Louise Cainkar (Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Sciences)
Dr. Irfan Omar (Associate Professor of Theology)
Dr. John Jentz (Library Liaison to the Department of History)

Arab and Muslim Women's Research and Resource Institute Public Meeting and Reception
February 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
Pabst Mansion

The Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute (AMWRRI) invited the Marquette community to its first public meeting and reception. AMWRRI is a non-profit organization in the Milwaukee area that is dedicated to documenting the experiences and histories of Arab and Muslim communities while promoting understanding of issues that impact these communities in the U.S. and abroad.  AMWRRI aims to increase cross-cultural understanding between Milwaukee communities to overcome stereotypes linked to Muslim women’s manner of dress and appearance. The meeting examined the meaning of cultural dress and identity narratives among Arab and Muslim women in the Milwaukee area. Interviewers, including Marquette University students shared their experiences and findings.

2012

The Role of Social Media in the Egyptian Revolution
March 29, 2012
4 p.m.
Johnston Hall JPad

Dr. Magda Bagnied, Fullbright Scholar in Residence at Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania) spoke about the role of social media in the recent Egyptian revolution.

2011

Ibn Rushd/Averroes Seminar
November 2, 2011
2-3:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, 448

Marible Fierro is a research professor at the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and the Middle East in the Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Spanish National Research Council. Marquette professor, Richard Taylor, joined professor Fierro to present a seminar on Ibn Rushd/Averroes.

Plants, Mary the Copt, Abraham, donkeys and knowledge: again on Batinism during the Umayyad Caliphate in Al-Andalus”
November 2, 2011
4-6 p.m., Reception to follow
Alumni Memorial Union, 227

Marible Fierro is a research professor at the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and the Middle East in the Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Spanish National Research Council. This presentation discussed tenth-century Umayyad rulers in Muslim Spain who struggled to defeat the Ismaili Fatimids caliphate in Tunis both in the battlefield and from the religious point of view.

Being Muslim in America: An African American Perspective
October 26, 2011
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Imam Shaheed and Basimah Abdullah gave a brief overview of the growth of Islam in the indigenous African American community from the Honorable Elija Mohammed, who led the Nation of Islam from 1933-1975 to Imam W. Deen Mohammed, who led from 1975-2008.

The Challenges of Religious Pluralism
Monday, October 3, 2011; 7 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Ballroom A/B

Dr. John Esposito, professor of religion, international affairs and Islamic studies at Georgetown University, discussed the challenges of religious pluralism in the 21st century as part of the Gathering Points lecture series sponsored by Marquette and the Church of Gesu. Esposito is founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is vice president and president-elect of the American Academy of Religion, a member of the E.C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalisation, on the board of C-1 World Dialogue, and an ambassador for the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations.

Interreligious dialogue in the classroom: the U.S. after 9/11 – progress in interfaith dialogue and peacemaking
September 29, 2011
3-4:15 p.m.
Raynor Library 320A.

Dr. Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology, discussed interreligious dialogue in the classroom as part of Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

American Arab: What does it mean to be an Arab living in America today?
September 27, 2011
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi shared his own story and showed clips form his upcoming film American Arab to spark a discussion of the complexities of racism in post-9/11 America about the identity of, and perceptions about, Arab-Americans.  

The International Community and the Future of Afghanistan
September 26, 2011
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dr. H. Richard Friman and the Department of Political Science hosted Dr. Heinz-Gerhard Justenhoven, director of the Institute for Theology and Peace in Hamburg, Germany to lecture on the international community and the future of Afghanistan.

The Conference on Islam in America
September 23-24, 2011
DePaul University, Chicago, IL

The inaugural Conference on Islam in America is presented in partnership with The Institute for Social and Policy Understanding and with sponsorship support from Marquette University among other institutions. The aim of the conference is to gather activists, scholars, and policy professionals from across the nation to exchange ideas regarding Islam and the issues affecting Muslims in America. Additional details are available on the conference website.

Conduction Oral History and Research in the Arab and Muslim Communities
March and September 2012
Marquette University

Dr. Enaya Othman, visiting assistant professor of Arabic, conducted two workshops at Marquette University to train Marquette students and other interested volunteers from other local universities on the methods of conducting oral history and research in the Arab and Muslim communities.

 

2008-2010

Teaching About Islam: Pedagogical Resources and Perspectives
Spring 2010

Marquette's College of Education, Richard Taylor (Philosophy), Phillip Naylor (History) and Irfan Omar (Theology) co-organized a workshop on teaching about Islam, providing pedagogical resources to middle and high school teachers from the Milwaukee area. The event was also co-sponsored by the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University.

Exploring the Abrahamic Heritage: A one-Day Undergraduate Conference on the Importance of Philosophical and Theological Developments in Medieval Islam, Christianity and Judaism
Spring 2008

Marquette faculty including Irfan Omar (Theology), Richard Taylor (Philosophy) and Owen Goldin (Philosophy) hosted and organized a conference for undergraduate students to explore the Abrahmic heritage. The conference focused on the philosophical and theological developments in medieval Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

2007

Contemporary Muslim Peace Movements: A Dynamic Alternative to Violence
Spring 2007

Father Thomas Michel, S.J. spoke on contemporary Muslim peace movements. Father Michel studied Arabic in Lebanon and Egypt and received a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago. He has taught for many years in Indonesia, the Philippines, and around the U.S., Europe and Turkey. He is on the board of numerous institutions and organizations, including the Academic Council of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, the International Advisory Board of the Khalidi Library in Jerusalem, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Civilizational Dialogue at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Islam and Multiculturalism: Are They Compatible?
Spring 2007

Marquette University hosted a public lecture delivered by Dr. Shalahuddin Kafrawi, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Assistant Professor and expert on Islamic Philosophy and the Qur'an, hosted and organized by Irfan Omar (Theology) and Richard Taylor (Philosophy).

The Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Heritage: Philosophical and Theological Explorations in the Abrahmic-Traditions
Spring 2007

Conference scholars (theologians, philosophers and others) from the U.S. and other countries made presentations to MU grad students, faculty, staff and community members from the greater Milwaukee area in attendance. Conference papers published as: Judeo-Christian-Islamic Heritage: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives: Eds. Richard Taylor and Irfan A. Omar (Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2012).

2005

Islam, Secularism & State
Spring 2005

Jame Schaefer (Theology) and Irfan Omar (Theology) organized the Paths to Understanding Lecture delivered by Dr. Nomanul Haq. At the time, Haq was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and one of his specializations is "Islam and Ecology" the topic which he spoke about at Marquette.

Justice and Mercy Will Kiss: A Conference on the Vocation of Peacemaking in a World of Many Faiths
Fall 2005

National and international scholars and/or activists presented and attended; many Milwaukee area community members were also involved. This international conference was organized by Susan Mountin (Theology and Manresa). Papers later published as: Justice and Mercy Will Kiss: Pathways to Peace in World Religions. Eds. Michael Duffey and Deborah Peterson (Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2008).

2004

Collaboration of Civilizations Among the Abrahamic Faiths
Spring 2004

Three public lectures, each delivered by a major Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholar. This event was hosted and orgaznized by Irfan Omar and Bradford Hinze. Three distinguished schoalrs presented at the each one from Judaism (Reuven Firestone - at that time, he was professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles), Islam (Mahmoud M. Ayoub - at that time, he was professor of Islamic Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia) and Christianity (Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald - at that time, he was President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican).

Peace Service in the Abrahamic Traditions: An Interfaith Symposium
Fall 2004

Marquette University co-sponsored this symposium with Global Peace Services, USA. Papers from the symposium were later published as part of the "Patterns in Reconciliation Series:" Shalom, Salaam, Peace: Peace Services in the Abrahamic Traditions, ed. Mary Evelyn Jegen (Alkamaar, The Netherlands: International Fellowship of Reconciliation, 2006).