The Marquette University Center for Peacemaking empowers the university and the wider community to explore together the necessary skills to become informed, spiritually-centered, nonviolent peacemakers. Rooted in the Ignatian charism, the center fosters an awakening to the holistic relationship of scholarship, spirituality, nonviolent living, and the active struggle for peace and justice.
Bill Cosby will be the Commencement speaker at this year's spring ceremony. As part of the ceremony, Cosby will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.
"Bill Cosby was a pioneer in breaking down racial stereotypes on national television," said Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Marquette University president. "That commitment to breaking boundaries combined with his deep commitment to education is a powerful example for our graduates."
Marquette will also award Sister Rosemary Connelly, R.S.M., an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. She is executive director of Misericordia Heart of Mercy, a service organization in Rogers Park, Ill., that supports people with developmental disabilities.
Marquette will provide a live webcast of the May Commencement ceremony on this page. The webcast will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19.
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.
Undergraduate students meet to explore the power of nonviolence. Contact Chris Jeske if you are interested in joining the group that will begin again in September.
As the founding director of the Center seven years ago, Fr. Simon worked to build a community of peacemakers on the Marquette Camupus. His mark on the community was huge and here are some of the things he accomplished:
The staff thanks Simon and wishes him well!