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Global Resource Wars and Indigenous Peacemaking

April 29, 2010

Jodi Melamed, Assistant Professor in the English Department, presented her research that was sponsored by the Rynne Faculty Research Fellowship Program. Her teaching and research are in the areas of 20th century comparative race and ethnic studies, employing an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes literary modes of knowledge. Her scholarship is at the intersection of literature, politics, and social procedures that effect how collective existence is organized, including "race" as a procedure that organizes the unequal appropriation and governance of social goods and human life.

The Spirituality of Mother Earth with Grandmother Mona Polacca

April 17, 2010

Mona Polacca


The Spring Retreat was led by Grandmother Mona Polacca, M.S.W., Member of The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.  She is a Havasupai, Hopi, and Tewa Native American whose tribal affiliation is of the Colorado River Indian Tribes of Parker, Arizona. The Grandmothers are a group of women representing indigenous cultures from around the world, who are concerned with destruction of the earth and indigenous ways of life.  

Mona has been a featured conference speaker both nationally and internationally, themes focusing on indigenous peoples human rights, aging, mental health, addiction and violence. In December 2008, Mona had the honor of being the representative of the indigenous Peoples on a panel of world religious leaders who drafted and signed a statement “Faith in Human Rights”, in commemoration of the 60th Year of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  She is employed with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. working the tribes on addressing health issues.

Mona is also featured in a wonderful collection of teachings and stories compiled in the book, “Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elder Offer Their Vision for Our Planet” (ed. Carol Schaefer).

You can learn more about the Grandmothers at

(M)other: Panel and Play

April 15, 2010

The panel explored motherhood and peacemaking through a variety of lenses – nursing, journalism, psychology, and the performing arts. This inter-disciplinary panel consisted of Dr. Ana Garner, Dr. Beth Osnes, Dr. Karen Slattery and Dr. Leona Vande Vusse who discussed how their research contributes to how society approaches motherhood and peacemaking.

Dr. Beth Osnes' performance explores what it might take for the mothers of one country to authentically care about the mothers and children of another country. The show’s opening describes a fictional program, called “Baby Swapping,” created by the United Nations to generate concern for the world’s children. In this small, limited pilot program, seven mothers from seven nations from around the world are required by their governments to swap their six-month-old babies with another mother from another nation for one month. What follows is an intimate look at one of these mother’s experiences and her eventual realization of her interconnectedness with these other mothers, their children, and their nations.

Peacemaker in Residence

April 8, 2010

Nomfundo Walaza


Nomfundo Walaza, Chief Executive Officer of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, gave a presentation on her work in reconciliation. She is a clinical psychologist who started out her career at Valkenberg Hospital where she worked for 5 years and then moved on to become the Director of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town which she headed for 9 years. She was actively involved as a commissioner in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

Guns, Trauma and Virtue: The Virtue Theoretic Case Against Gun Possession

March 31, 2010

Franco Trivigno


Franco Trivigno, Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department, presented his research that was sponsored by the Rynne Faculty Research Fellowship Program. His paper argues that the motivational framework required for sustaining the habit of carrying a concealed firearm in public not only has deleterious effect on one’s character but also bears a striking resemblance to the outlook of victims of violent trauma. His teaching and research interests are in ancient philosophy, ethics and philosophy and literature, in particular, where they they intersect.

Giving Voice to the Majority: Creating the Pro-Israel Pro-Peace Lobby

March 23, 2010

Jesse Greenberg


Jesse Greenberg is the Chicago regional political director of J Street, the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. They seek to change the direction of American policy in the Middle East and to broaden the public and policy debate in the U.S. about the Middle East. They also support strong American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli conflicts peacefully and diplomatically.

For decades, the predominant voice from American Jews on Israel has come from a more hawkish minority. J Street was created change that dynamic and to create the space in Washington, DC for policymakers to take more thoughtful, nuanced positions in order to help bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results in two-states. J Street is staking out a moderate place on the political spectrum and creating a home for the majority of American Jews who believe that Israel's ability to achieve a two state solution and maintain its Jewish, democratic character will come only through hands-on American foreign policy and the support of Congress.

Brighter Future Initiatives

February 18, 2010

High School Peer Mediators











The Center's peer mediation training program is registered with the Conflict Resolution Education Consortium (CREC) and has trained Marquette students to educate MPS students in nonviolent peer mediation. They have trained 150 students at MPS elementary and middle schools in nonviolent conflict resolution, 18 peer jurors at Pulaski High School, and 50 kids in after-school programs. The Marquette students have also provided 50 families with nonviolent conflict resolution activities or conflict resolution materials.

The students will present their peer jury skills in an interactive session and then explain the impact this program has had on them.

Szymczak Peacemaking Fellows Presentation

February 2, 2010

Szymczak Peacemaking Fellows presented their work including:

Molly Ryan's Photography


Chris Jeske's documentary on Race and Race Relations in Kirkwood Missouri;

Molly Ryan's photography as activism in New Orleans;

and Amanda Griedl's internship with the Social Change Assistance Trust in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Life of an Activist: The KKK, MLK, and Me

January 26, 2010

Julie Enslow


Julie Enslow of Peace Action Wisconsin is an accomplished local peace activist and the Center for Peacemaking's 2009 Milwaukee Community Peacemaker. As a founding member of Peace Action Wisconsin and with nearly four decades of involvement in the struggle for peace and justice, Julie is a living example of what it means to be a peacemaker.

Julie gave a formal presentation to Marquette and the wider community about the personal story behind her motivation to commit to a lifetime of peace and nonviolence.

Peacemaking through Education: Reflections on the Iraqi Student Project

December 4, 2009

Participants in the Milwaukee Iraqi Student Project shared reflections on their experiences in the program and similarities and differences in life and education in America and Iraq.

This is was a part of the Soup with Substance speaker and lunch series at Marquette. All in attendance enjoyed a free lunch.


The Personal Side of Dorothy Day

November 18, 2009

Kate Hennessy, the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, will presented an hour of storytelling and memories of her grandmother and the Catholic Worker.

Hennessey grew up spending a lot of time at Tivoli, the Catholic Worker Farm in New York and was affiliated with the NYC Catholic Worker for several years. Her presentation focused on the personal side of Dorothy Day.

This is was a part of the Soup with Substance speaker and lunch series at Marquette. All in attendance enjoyed a free lunch.

Vessel of Clay

November 12, 2009

Jackie Maggiorie, a Maryknoll affiliate and author, talked about her book Vessel of Clay on Sr. Carla Piette and El Salvador.

Sr. Carla Piette arrived in El Salvador the day Archbishop Romero was murdered and was deeply influenced by Romero who worked among the poor despite threats of violence. Maggiorie will walk us through the life of Sr. Carla and how her commitment to the poor in El Salvador ultimately cost Sr. Carla her life.

Ralph Robers, an NGO worker in El Salvador, joined Maggiorie and discussed U.S. foreign policy and the Catholic Church in El Salvador.

This is was a part of the Soup with Substance speaker and lunch series at Marquette. All in attendance enjoyed a free lunch.

Emma's Revolution Concert at Marquette

October 9, 2009

Emma's Revolution is the duo of award-winning, activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O, who write songs that become traditions. They played a live concert at Marquette on October 9 as a part of the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference sponsored by the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking.

Emma's Revolution live in concertA motivating force in intimate concerts and mass demonstrations, infused with inspiration from the legacy of music for social change, Pat Humphries and Sandy O's dynamic harmonies are multiplied by hundreds of thousands. Emma Goldman stood for everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things. Join the revolution!

View the photos from the concert on our Flickr page.

Dead Man Walking - The Journey Continues

October 8, 2009

Sister Helen Prejean received an honorary degree in theological studies from Marquette University upon the recommendation of the Center for Peacemaking. After accepting her diploma, she spoke to the audience about her journey from the seminary to being a spiritual advisor for death row inmates to becoming one of the leading advocates to abolish the death penalty.

Sr. Prejean accepts diplomaWatch the highlights from Prejean's speech. A video of the complete speech will be available on the center's website shortly.

View the photos from Sr. Prejean's visit on our Flickr page.

Read about Sr. Prejean's visit in the Marquette Tribune:

Prejean speaks on acceptance, forgiveness

Prejean sits down for a Q & A

A Mass in Celebration of the Birth of Mahatma Gandhi

October 2, 2009

Father Cedric Prakash S.J., 2009 Wade Scholar, lead a mass to celebrate the birth Mahatma Gandhi.

Father Prakash is a human rights activist and Jesuit priest based in the city of Ahmedabad in Western India. He is the director of Prashant, the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice, and Peace.

At the end of the mass, several people took the pledge to practice nonviolence for a year.

Israel-Palestine: What is the Vatican Position?

September 17, 2009

Fr. Ray Helmick S.J., professor of Theology at Boston College, spoke about his experiences in Israel-Palestine and interpreted the historical influences on the Vatican's position on the conflict in Israel-Palestine to a Marquette-Milwaukee audience.

Fr. Helmick was the second speaker in our Israel-Palestine Program funded by the Frankel Family Foundation. He has established himself as an authority in conflict resolution and mediation as he has been a part of the peace process in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, and now in Israel-Palestine. Fr. Helmick published a book in 2004 Negotiating Outside the Law: Why Camp David Failed.

What people were saying:

Fr. Ray Helmick S.J."Fr. Helmick has great knowledge and understanding of the conflict and the region - both historical and political. The timeline of events made it easier to comprehend the church's position."

"His first-hand experience with all three of the major parties involved was impressive."

"Fr. Helmick has a mastery of the history of the problems."

"His personal experiences and national perspectives helped to understand the Vatican's perspective over the past 50 years."

"This was a great and informative presentation."

The Spirituality of Intimacy: Peacemaking for the Heart

September 12, 2009

Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Associate Director of the Faber Center for Ignation Spirituality at Marquette University, lead the center's beginning of the year retreat for about thirty attendants. Everyone in attendance also took the pledge of nonviolence.

What people were saying:
Kathy Coffey-Guenther

"The compassion meditation was excellent."

"Coffey-Guenther's linked her personal experiences to the journey to intimacy."

"Her wisdom in how to practice peacemaking in my life."

"The last song and message of seeing all things holy and deserving of reverence is important."

"Praying for not only our loved ones, but also our enemies is transformational."

"It was insightful and moving. She offered clarity and shared her wisdom."