- Peacemaker in Residence
- Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture
- Distinguished Peacemakers Series
- Conferences and Symposia
- Performing and Visual Arts
- Workshops, Retreats and Vigils
- Soup with Substance
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.
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. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services shared how we view charity and justice in today's world and how the Marquette community can have a significant impact on the lives of those who are underserved.
Dr. Woo’s distinguished career includes serving as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business for 14 years and associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University. Recently, she was featured in Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “500 most powerful individuals on the planet” and one of 33 in the category of “a force for good.”
This event was part of Mission Week 2015.
Dr. Terrence Rynne - Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace
Dr. Terrence Rynne presented on his new book Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace.
From Amazon: This path breaking book shows how the early church took seriously the "hard sayings" of the sermon on the Mount, put them into practice even in the teeth of violent repression, and, as a result of imitating Jesus' lifestyle, converted the Roman Empire.
From Orbis: A new theology of peace that renders the just war theory near mute by making Jesus and his teachings the cornerstone of both theory and practice.
Dr. Rynne teaches in peace studies at Marquette University, is co-President of the Sally and Terry Rynne Foundation which is dedicated to peacemaking and the empowerment of women, and he is a co-founder of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking.
Dr. Michalinos Zembylas - Teaching About/for Ambivalent Forgiveness in Troubled Societies
Dr. Michalinos Zembylas shared his reflection on a vignette of ethnographic research on forgiveness in a troubled society focusing on his home country of Cyprus. The vignette highlighted the complexity of forgiveness and provided a specific instance where traditional models of interpersonal forgiveness may fail or, at the very least, need to be expanded to account for the socio-political or inter-group dynamics. The presentation concluded with a discussion of the pedagogical implications of the notion of ambivalent forgiveness for troubled societies.
Dr. Michalinos Zembylas is a professor of education at the Open University of Cyprus. He is researching how politics influence social justice, peace, citizenship and intercultural education. He has written five books and has explored different topics relating to the role emotion in education.
Ethan Casey, M. Salahuddin Khan, and Rachel Williams - The Pakistan That I Know
Pakistan is often misunderstood in the media due to the complexity of USA-Pakistan relationship. Many times people have limited knowledge about Pakistan and Pakistanis in America leading to negative stereotyping. This interactive panel discussion featured three speakers who will shared their personal experiences living and working in Pakistan. The panelists will focused on major social and development issues facing Pakistan as well as ideas on how to promote peace by connecting American and Pakistani communities.
The panelists were Ethan Casey, journalist and author of Alive and Well in Pakistan and Overtaken by Events, M. Salahuddin Khan, author of Sikander, and Rachel Williams, Rotarian, who has received many awards for her work in Pakistan.
Hedy Epstein - From Killenheim (Germany 1939) to West Bank (Palestine 2003)
Hedy Epstein is an American Jew of German descent who escaped to England on a children's transport in 1939; she never saw her family again. After WWII, she worked on the Nuremberg Medical Trial, which involved the doctors accused of performing medical experiments on concentration camp inmates.
In 1948, she moved to the U.S. and became active in anti-war, fair housing and other social justice movements. Hedy has visited the Israeli Occupied West Bank five times since 2003. Hedy spoke of her experiences as a Jew in Nazi Germany and as an international peace activist who has witnessed the plight of the Palestinian people first-hand.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow - Peacemaking Through the Torah
A prophetic voice in Jewish, multi-religious, and American life, Rabbi Arthur Waskow was instrumental in founding The Shalom Center and initiating Olive Trees for Peace. He has promoted peace, justice, and healing of the Earth for over 40 years.
He taught for seven years at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and as visiting professor of religion at Swarthmore and Vassar colleges and Drew and Temple universities. In 1995 he was named by the United Nations one of forty Wisdom-Keepers from around the world in connection with the Habitat II conference.
In 2001 he initiated Olive Trees for Peace in support of Rabbis for Human Rights' work in Israel and Palestine, and in 2002 joined in founding RHR/ North America as secretary of its Board and steering committee, and was instrumental in urging it to work on human rights issues in the US (especially torture). Several years later in 2007, he was named by Newsweek one of the fifty most influential American rabbis.
Rabbi Waskow discussed Jewish scripture and prayer, and its use or misuse in support of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Mubarak Awad - A Nonviolent Approach to the Middle East Conflict
Known as the Arab Gandhi, Mubarak Awad committed himself to a lifetime of nonviolence
after his father was killed in fighting between Arabs and Jews.
As a leading voice for nonviolence and peace in the Holy Land, Awad contended that all traditions and religions can discover and embrace nonviolent approaches to social change, justice, and peace.
Awad discussed the challenges, struggles, and successes nonviolence in the Middle East peace process, as well as the role of US citizens in Middle East policy making.
Jesse Greenburg - Giving Voice to the Majority: Creating the Pro-Israel Pro-Peace Lobby
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.
Julie Enslow - The Life of an Activist: The KKK, MLK, and Me
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.
Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J. - Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues
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.
Fr. Ray Helmick, S.J. - Israel-Palestine: What is the Vatican Position?
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.
Gregory Khalil - Negotiating Peace in Israel-Palestine
Gregory Khalil, former legal adviser with the Palestinian Authority, shared a Palestinian perspective of the conflict in Israel-Palestine as well as personal stories of his time in Israel-Palestine and practical advice on engaging in the struggle for peace.
Funding for this presentation was provided by the Frankel Family Foundation.
Patricia Isasa - Surviving and Resisting Torture in Argentina
Patricia Isasa, torture survivor and resister from Argentina, visited the Milwaukee area to discuss the brutalities she suffered as a political prisoner and to spread her message to end torture.
The documentary about her imprisonment, "El Cerco" was viewed at her presentation.
Funding for this presentation was provided by the Center for Peacemaking, the Manresa Project, Marquette University Campus Ministry, Peace Action Wisconsin, and SoA Watch, Milwaukee.
Kristin Shrader-Frechette - Confronting Environmental Racism