Monday, October 15




news from the office of international education


OIE to host Oct. 17 Soup with Substance on the Canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero

Event flyer for October 17 Soup with Substance

Join us this Wednesday to hear members of Marquette’s delegation to Rome discuss their trip to witness the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018


AMU Ballroom D


A group of Marquette faculty and staff recently traveled to Rome Oct. 12-15 to attend the canonization and mass. Presenters include:


Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, was shot while celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980. As a civil war emerged between leftist guerrilla forces and the dictatorial government of the right, Romero was an outspoken critic of the violence and injustices being committed. Romero was declared a martyr who was killed in hatred of the faith for his vocal defense of human rights. Oscar Romero was beatified by Pope Francis on May 23, 2015 and, after a long delay, was canonized as a saint on October 14, 2018.


Q&A with Sheba Crocker

Event flyer for United Nations Day lecture on October 23

Sheba Crocker will give the annual United Nations Day Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall 001.


Sheba Crocker, vice president for humanitarian programs and policy for CARE USA, will visit Marquette to discuss "The UN's Enduring Relevance in a Time of Global Shifts."


What are you going to be talking about during your upcoming presentation at Marquette University?
I’m going to be talking about the role of the United Nations in today’s world. There are a lot of shifts going on in the geopolitical landscape. In certain cases the United States has made decisions to withdraw from some of the UN agencies and withdraw from some treaties. [I’m] taking a look at what that means for the broader UN system, for those particular agencies, and what the future might hold.


Why is this a message that is important for students, faculty and staff to hear at Marquette?
I think as Americans we all should be aware of both the good and the bad of the [UN] system and why it’s important, at least in my view, that the US remain engaged. The United States has helped to uphold and lead the multilateral system since its founding, and we should all understand the implications of a US decision to play a different role. From the perspective of students, it’s also interesting to understand in some ways the full range of things that the multilateral system is responsible for in the world, many of which are sometimes not well understood.


Can you give an example of how the multilateral system is working in one of these areas right now?
The Paris Agreement on climate change in December of 2015, which the US has now withdrawn from, is meant to be the underpinning of how the world will try to address in the coming years what’s happening on climate change and try to hopefully stave off the worst impacts. Similarly, there’s been a huge global agreement, also concluded in 2015, on the 2030 agenda for global development, the so-called global goals, which lays out the targets and objectives in international development that all of us are meant to be working toward.


You’re now working at CARE--can you explain how you became interested in this type of work?
I’ve had a number of different jobs throughout my career and in different ways have engaged in humanitarian assistance, which is what I’m now focused on at CARE. In earlier parts of my career and most recently before I came into this job, I was working at the Department of State, where I was managing the bureau that manages the US relationship with the entire United Nations system. I focused in part on the humanitarian parts of the system that try to help people is crisis and conflict. So when I was coming out of government, I wanted to be at a place that had a mission to help poor people and people in crisis around the world.


Of your work at CARE, what would you consider one of your largest accomplishments? 
It’s hard to choose because CARE is really engaged in all of the major crises around the world in one way or another. We’re doing a lot of work with refugees from the Syria crisis in the countries surrounding Syria, as well as providing assistance to people in crisis inside of Syria. We have a really big program in Yemen, which is a really, really difficult place to work. We have a fairly big program helping the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh and then just very recently we have swept into action very quickly to help respond in Indonesia to the tsunami that they just had in Indonesia. One thing that distinguishes CARE’s work in all these places is our focus on women and girls an our being deeply embedded in the communities in which we work.


Hear more from Sheba at the United Nations Day Lecture on October 23.



Marquette awarded Project GO grant renewal for summer 2019

Marquette Project GO program flyer

Marquette University has received a one-year grant renewal to send 18 students to Oman in summer 2019 for Arabic language instruction.

The program, Project Global Officers, is part of a national effort sponsored by the Defense Language Office and National Security Education Program to promote critical language education, study abroad experiences, and intercultural communication skills for ROTC cadets and midshipmen. Up to 18 cadets/midshipmen will study in Oman for an intensive eight-week program. The program provides a full scholarship for participants to learn Arabic and explore Oman. Those with no prior Arabic experience will be required to participate in an online pre-program taught by Marquette Arabic faculty.


Pre-program online session for beginners: June 3 – June 7
Sessions one and two in Oman: June 8 – August 1


Applications are due Jan. 18, 2019. See application requirements and how to submit your materials.


Abstracts and grant letters due Nov. 1 for International Research Poster Session

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Submit your abstract (required) and grant letter (if applicable) by 4 p.m. as two PDF documents on the Forward Thinking Poster Session page located on the ORSP website.

Are you involved with international research on campus? Participate in the International Research Poster Session for a chance to be awarded a $3,000 Marquette International Research Award. Each year, the Office of International Education calls for submissions to encourage faculty members of all disciplines to showcase their global research. This year the event will take place on November 27, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. Learn more.


Free movie screening of Romero on October 25

Flyer for the movie screening of Romero

The student group Faith That Does Justice will show the movie in AMU 252 at 7 p.m. on October 25.

The film depicts the story of Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero, who organized peaceful protests against the violent military regime, eventually at the cost of his own life.