Distinguished Peacemakers Series

One way to develop the skill set to become an effective peacemaker is to learn from the stories of those who have dedicated their lives to promoting peace. Each year we host distinguished local and international peacemakers to share their rich knowledge and instructional stories about their work and experiences to benefit students, faculty, and the community. Many of the distinguished peacemakers who visit have extensive backgrounds in the humanities.

Past Distinguished Peacemakers

George Mitchell - Turbulence in the Middle East 

The Honorable George Mitchell, former U.S. Senate majority leader, discussed issues facing the Middle East and shared stories from his memoir, The Negotiator.

He was appointed as the U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland by President Bill Clinton from 1995-2001, and as the U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace by President Barack Obama from 2009-11.

He was a primary architect of the 1996 Mitchell Principles and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and was the main investigator in two “Mitchell Reports.” One of the reports was on the Arab-Israeli conflict in 2001 and the other was on the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball in 2007.

His memoir includes stories about growing up in Maine, his time in the U.S. Senate, working to bring peace to Northern Ireland and the Middle East, and what he has learned about negotiation during his life.

Joseph Cirincione - The Policy and Politics of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Joseph Cirincione is president of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of the books Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons, and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He was a member of former Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Vanessa Tobin and Dr. Jean Claude Kazadi - Connecting the Work of CRS to Marquette 

Marquette is poised to connect even more deeply to a world in need through its distinctive partnership with Catholic Relief Services. Two CRS key leaders — Dr. Jean Claude Kazadi and Dr. Vanessa Tobin — brought the urgent, life-saving work of CRS into full focus and talked about the ways in which being the difference is not only possible, but imperative. From relieving unthinkable suffering to catalyzing structural change, CRS is on the global scene and ready to serve in partnership with Marquette and others.

This event was part of Mission Week 2015.

Dr. Carolyn Woo - Who Cares? Charity, Justice, and the Quest for the Common Good

Dr. Terrence Rynne - Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace

Dr. Michalinos Zembylas - Teaching About/for Ambivalent Forgiveness in Troubled Societies

Ethan Casey, M. Salahuddin Khan, and Rachel Williams - The Pakistan That I Know

Hedy Epstein - From Killenheim (Germany 1939) to West Bank (Palestine 2003)

Rabbi Arthur Waskow - Peacemaking Through the Torah

Mubarak Awad - A Nonviolent Approach to the Middle East Conflict

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

Julie Enslow - The Life of an Activist: The KKK, MLK, and Me

Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J. - Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues

Fr. Ray Helmick, S.J. - Israel-Palestine: What is the Vatican Position?

Gregory Khalil - Negotiating Peace in Israel-Palestine

Patricia Isasa - Surviving and Resisting Torture in Argentina

Kristin Shrader-Frechette - Confronting Environmental Racism