Before the Civil War, German-American identity became associated with the opposition to slavery. Frederick Douglass even remarked that "a German has only to be a German to be utterly opposed to slavery."
Dr. Allison Efford, History professor at Marquette University, will discuss how this happened and what it meant. Beyond that, she pursues the issue of racial justice into the post-civil war period, when African-American citizenship hung in the balance and the Franco-Prussian War transformed what it meant to be German-American.
Dr. Efford's new book, German Immigrants, Race and Citizenship in the Civil War Era, will be available from Cambridge University press.
The event is free and open to the public. Contact Turner Hall for more information
Peace Through Music: The Music of John Lennon is the 11th annual benefit to curb handgun violence. Many Milwaukee-area musicians will gather to play Lennon's music. The evening includes a special silent auction. Your $10 donation will support Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) and The Brady Campaign.
Contact WAVE for more information.
This workshop will attempt to answer a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: in negotiations, when should individuals "compete" and when should they "problem-solve?" Based on Gain the Edge! by Martin Latz, the workshop is designed to combine theory with practice. Participants are invited to come and learn about the theory in an interactive presentation-workshop format designed to help participants leave knowing how to put that theory into use.
Register by emailing David Angel, president of Marquette's Dispute Resolution Association.
The 3rd annual “Making a Living, Making a Difference” panel discussion and networking event will take place in the AMU Ballrooms on Thursday, April 18th. This event focuses on uncovering the path to building a career that serves toward bettering society and the world. The event has two components:
Panel Discussion (4:30-5:30pm) - Learn about career pathways, key career decisions, and the importance of self-awareness from our panelists:
Networking Event (5:30-7:00pm) - Meet with representatives and leaders from over 20 local organizations to learn about their mission and work, current or future job opportunities, and how as individuals they have discovered careers that contribute to the common good.
Organizations attending include: AIDS Resource Center, Campus Kitchens, Cap Corps, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Four Corners of the World, Hunger Task Force, Manpower, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee Circuit Court, Milwaukee County Health & Human Services, Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, Playworks Milwaukee, Portal Inc., Public Allies, Rocketship Education, Urban Ecology Center, Voces de la Frontera,
This event is sponsored by the Nonviolent Study Group, Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, and MU Hunger Clean-Up, and is supported by the Kohl’s Career Education Scholarship and the Marquette University Career Services Center.
Dr. Michalinos Zembylas will share his reflection on a vignette of ethnographic research on forgiveness in a troubled society-his home country of Cyprus. The vignette will highlight the complexity of forgiveness and provide 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 ends 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.
New discoveries of the vastness of the universe have reshaped our sense of place and purpose as humans living on this one small planet in one of billions of galaxies. From the first "Flaring Forth," a monumental act of creation has been taking place through everything-including us.
At the same time as we make these discoveries, we are encountering ecological crises across our planet that are threatening the future of life, and they, too are becoming our teachers, revealing us to ourselves.
We will explore these dynamics and what they tell us about this moment of transition, the implications for the journey of faith and how we see the meaning and mission of the human at this point in time. All creation is one community where everything is connected to everything else. In our search together, we will explore the implications of that truth in our own lives and the witness of our communities.
Margaret Swedish was director of the Religious Task Force on Central America and Mexico in Washington D.C. (1981-2004), a national organization founded by Catholic religious leaders that addresesed issues of human rights and U.S. military economic policy in the region. Since 2006, her work has been focused on the ecological crises now confronting humanity, offering presentations, workshops and retreats through her project. Her book, "Living Beyond the 'End of the World:' A Spirituality of Hope," published by Orbis Books (2008), addresses connections amoung the various environmental, economic and cultural trends that are leading towards ecological collapse.
The retreat is sponsored by Catholics for Peace and Justice and the Center for Peacemaking. To register, visit Catholics for Peace and Justice. Contact Jim Gill for more information via email or at (262) 547-6555 ext. 306. There is no charge, but free-will offerings will be accepted. There will be a one-hour break at noon for participants to get lunch on their own.
Three-quarters of a century after the publication of "the great American novella" Of Mice and Men (1937) and the epic Depression-era protest novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), we'll take a fresh look at both of these masterpieces, along with three other books by John Steinbeck: East of Eden, Cannery Row and Travels with Charley: In Search of America. Author-actor-educator Paul McComas presents dramatic readings from all five classics, as well as providing analysis of the Salinas, California native's work, particularly Steinbeck's status as a master chronicler of-and avid advocate for-"the have-nots." Also included: a performance of Bruce Springsteen's stirring Wrath-inspired song "The Ghost of Tom Joad." With his unflagging insistence that each of us is, indeed must be, our brothers' and our sisters' keepers, Steinbeck 75 years later could hardly be more timely...or more necessary.
Milwaukee native Paul McComas is the author of four acclaimed books: two novels, Planet of the Dates and Unplugged, and two short-story collections, Unforgettable (a Silver Prize-winner at 2012's Midwest Book Awards) and Twenty Questions. Since 1988, he's taught writing, literature, and film, winning awards from National-Louis and Northwestern Universities. A recipient of the Mental Health Association's Distinguished Service Award, he serves on the National Leadership Council of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) as well as on its Speakers' Bureau. He and his wife Heather, a fellow fiction writer, live in Evanston, IL.
Unfortunately, Dr. Khalil Dokhanchi is not able to get to Milwaukee today due to the weather. We apologize for any inconvenience.
For more information, go to www.marquette.edu/peacemaking or call (414) 288-8444.
Libby Hoffman co-founded Fambul Tok International (Krio for "Family Talk"). This organization emerged in Sierra Leone as a face-to-face community-owned program bringing together perpetrators and victims of the violence in Sierra Leone. It provides citizens with an opportunity to come to terms with that happened during the war, to talk, to heal, and to chart a new path forward. Hoffman will show the epilogue to the documentary "Fambul Tok" and discuss the role of reconciliation, forgiveness, nonviolence, and restorative justice in peacemaking.
Hoffman has been active in peace building for over 25 years in a variety of capacities - professors, trainer, facilitator, program director, consultant and funder. She has developed and led conflict resolution training programs in corporate, congregational, educational and community settings. She is President and Founder of Catalyst for Peace and a speaker at TedxDirigo.
December 10th marks the 64th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by all members of the United Nations in 1948. The draft committee, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, created the document as a result of the experience of the Second World War. With the end of that war, and the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed never again to allow atrocities like those of that conflict to happen again. The Declaration is regarded as one of the most significant accomplishments of the international body.
The spotlight of this year's Human Rights Day is on the rights of all people to make their voices heard in public life and to be included in political decision-making.
The Center for Peacemaking is joining 2 Million Friends for Peace in Afghanistan by hosting an open house. There will be a Skype connection at 10:30 a.m. with a peace delegation in Kabul, Afghanistan that includes several Marquette alumni. Throughout the day, there will be displays and discussions. At 3:00 p.m., Fr. Simon Harak, S.J. will lead a prayer vigil that will be followed by a closing discussion.
Peace Action Wisconsin will set up a table to take collections for the Vets for Peace "Never Homeless" initiative. The United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee will be participating.
We hope you'll stop by. Contact the Center for Peacemaking via email or phone (414) 288.8444 for more information.
The School of the Americas (SOA) and Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Operation (WHINSEC) has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers. Graduates of the school have been consistently linked to human rights violations including the assassination of six Jesuit priests and to the suppression of popular movements in the Americas.
Students and staff of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking (CFP) will be in Columbus, GA to join with thousands of other peacemakers for the Vigil and the Nonviolent Direct Action to close the School of the Americas/WHINSEC.
The weekend will include a teach-in, nonviolent direct action training, workshops, benefit concert, puppet show and a vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning. Students and friends of the CFP interested in traveling to the School of the America's Vigil should contact the Center for Peacemaking.
Each year the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking awards nearly $16,000 in Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowships. These $200 to $2,000 grants allow Marquette students to actively work for peace and explore nonviolence. At the end of their experience, the peacemakers present their discoveries to the community and invite students to apply for their own fellowships. Past peacemaking fellows have:
Join us to learn about the work of the 2011-2012 Szymczak Peacemaking Fellows and how to become a 2012-2013 fellow.
The Marquette University Center for Peacemaking awards two research grants up to $2,500 for Marquette faculty and administrators to advance research on an aspect of nonviolent peacemaking. The awards are intended to fund work for a two-month period during the summer. Applicants are encouraged to submit a research proposal of their choice or a topic in one of the Center's research areas.
Dr. Theresa Tobin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, will report on her research.
October 6th marks the 11th anniversary of the American invasion of Afghanistan. The immense toll this conflict has taken of the American and Afghan people is apparent. There have been over 23,000 people killed in Afghanistan in the last ten years, of those more than 2,100 were American troops. The majority of the other victims of this conflict were Afghan civilians. Sadly, but not surprisingly - since violence begets violence - Afghan, American, and UN officials are pedicting increased violence in the future.
Patrick Kennelly, associate director of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, will provide a concise history of Afghanistan during the last thirty years, an overview of peacemaking efforts in Afghanistan, and facilitate a discussion on what we can do to bring about an end to this war. Kennelly has traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 to research how Afghans are using nonviolent solutions to resolve the conflict in their country.
Activist Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States who lectures and trains on many social justice topics including issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion and racism in the labor market.
This lecture will explore how to better understand our leadership roles in dismantling oppression and promoting includsion in our communities.
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 event is an interactive panel discussion featuring three speakers who will share their experiences living and working in Pakistan. The panelists will focus 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 are Ethan Casey, journalist and author of Alive and Well in Pakistan and Overtaken by Events, M. Salahuddin Khan, author of Sikander, entrepreneur and aeronautical engineer and Rachel Williams, Rotarian, who has received many awards for her work in Pakistan.
Please RSVP by Monday, September 17, 2012 to Ariba Khan at email@example.com. A $15.00 donation is suggested.