The Center is pleased to support humanities-related events at Marquette University. 

Fall 2021 Events

Bridges or Barriers: Shared Figures in Islamic and Christian Traditions 
Interfaith Dialogue and Community Engagement Amidst the Pandemic

Thursday, September 23  |  5:00-6:30pm on Zoom  |  Register here

Join us for a conversation on the shared importance and significance of figures such as Jesus, Mary, Abraham, and Hagar in Islamic and Christian traditions. A panel discussion with: 
Dr. Irfan Omar, Associate Professor, Marquette University; Janan Najeeb, President, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition; Kaitlyn Daly, PhD Graduate Student, Duke University; Sameer Ali, Muslim Campus Minister, Marquette University; Rhonda Hill, Founder, Race and Faith; Dr. Andrew Kim, Director, Center for the Advancement of the Humanities; and moderated by: Pardeep S. Kaleka, Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee


Partner with MKE Film's Culture and Communities Festival 2021

MKE Film Festival invites Marquette Faculty to partner with a film. As partners, you are given complimentary tickets (and can purchase more in bulk for a discounted price) and you are expected to promote the film screenings and events. MKE Film has both in-person and virtual events and film screenings. In the past, faculty members have included films as part of their coursework. Also, various departments have planned conversations inspired by the films. There are a lot of creative ways to integrate film within your department. And it's something different. Contact Tyanna Clayton-Mallett if interested. 

Call for Papers

2022 Interdisciplinary Conference on Disabilities at the Intersection of History, Culture, Religion, Gender, and Health

Proposals of individual papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, and thematic conversation are invited for submission by October 31, 2021.



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 Summer 2021

The Role of Interfaith Dialogue in Promoting Social Justice

August 5th, 2021

Humanities experts, religious leaders, and community members will highlight the transformative teachings and practices within Islam and Christianity while deepening the community’s understanding of how to examine and use faith and knowledge to promote the common good.


BeyondMU: Humanities in 3D: Learning Beyond the Classroom through Innovative Technology

WEDNESDAY JUNE 16, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT 

Hear how Marquette faculty are taking students beyond the classrooms with cutting edge digital resources that bring history, theology, languages and literatures, art and current events to life in new ways. Visual experiences often promote active learning, critical thinking, decision making and improved performance and allow students to feel more connected to the content. Digital tools are helping the college’s scholars reveal their subjects in new ways and during this program you will learn about the following projects:

  • Digital scholarship projects in Theology 1001 and Theology and the Visual Arts with Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, Director of Graduate Studies, Theology Department, Marquette University
  • Digital Scholarship Lab projects around the COVID-19 pandemic and events during campus protests about civil rights, racial justice and the Vietnam War with Dr. Jim Marten, Professor, History Department, Marquette University.
  • Immersive Experiences in Spain using VR Technology with Dr. Scott Dale, Associate Professor of Spanish, Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Marquette University.
  • A 3D reconstruction of the Prado Museum in Madrid according to a 1875 photograph, as well as digital exhibits and apps developed by students for an exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum "Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel" with Dr. Eugenia Afinoguénova, Professor and Chair Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Marquette University.
  • Virtual museum spaces, archaeology, and how the MARVL Viz Lab technology can be used in learning, research, and industry with Chris Larkee, Technology Specialist, Visualization Laboratory, Marquette University.

Spring 2021

HWW & Center for the Advancement of the Humanities Seed Grant Info Sessions |  Thursday, April 22, 2021  |  4:30 PM – 5:30 PM 

An information session for Marquette University faculty interested in applying for a seed grant for the HWW Grand Research Challenge grant.

As the newest member of the Humanities Without Walls consortium, the PI team at Marquette University, along with the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are pleased to announce a seed grant opportunity for Marquette faculty interested in applying for the HWW Grand Research Challenge grants.

The GRC explicitly calls for proposals that prioritize reciprocal and redistributive collaborations with external partners, whether local/regional education institutions or community organizations.

Our aim with this information session is to help our faculty craft proposals that center on reciprocity and redistribution in accordance with the greater Grand Research Challenge Grants.


Coffee Chat with Rhiannon Giddens | Friday, April 23, 2021  |  10:00am - 11:00am  

Giddens, the North Carolina singer-songwriter and banjoist and founding member of the Grammy-winning group the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is helping to revive the African-American string band tradition and defying stereotypes of music genres. She plays multiple string instruments including the fiddle and the banjo, inspired by the history of black string bands.

A lover of country, folk, and bluegrass music, she is, according to Bluegrass Today, “dismantling the myth of a homogeneous Appalachia.” She is defying the long-held assumptions that American banjo, fiddle, even country music, was invented by and belong only to White people. Join us for some conversation, Q&A, and a little bit of music!

Our way of honoring the contributions of all cultures to the American music scene, the importance of correcting the history of narratives, and a way to say thank you to the hard work done by all at Marquette University this past year. More information to follow. Moderated by Diederich College of Communication Lecturer and the CTL’s very own Sheena Carey.

SPONSORED BY: Center for Teaching & Learning, Ralph Metcalfe Chair, Marquette University Black Alumni Association, and Center for the Advancement of the Humanities


Spring 2021 AMUW Boheim Lecture | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 7:00pm CDT | Virtual Lecture 

The Association of Marquette University Women proudly presents the Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture, "The Humanities in Extra/ordinary Times". Join us as we hear from historian Dr. Antoinette Burton, professor and Maybelle Leland Swanlund Endowed Chair, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as she rethinks humanities advocacy, drawing on her own biography, research and experience leading the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois and the Humanities Without Walls initiative.


2021 Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair Lecture: Tayari Jones  |  Wednesday, April 28  |  4:00pm  |  Virtual Lecture  

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities invites you to a virtual talk with Tayari Jones, the celebrated novelist and essayist best known for her New York Times best-selling novel An American Marriage.  In addition to writing, Ms. Jones is the Charles Howard Chandler Professor at Emory University and A.D. White Professor At Large at Cornell University. Ms. Jones will discuss her books, her life, and her career.

Tayari Jones, a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, has also earned fellowships from United States Artists, Guggenheim, NEA, Radcliffe Institute, and the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, Time , Tin House, and The Believer, among other places, and her two stories for Audible were part of the first slate of short fiction Audible Originals.

Jones is a member of Black Artists for Freedom. She is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa, and Arizona State University, and is currently a Charles Howard Chandler Professor at Emory University and A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University.

The Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential visiting scholar program of Marquette's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. 


51st Annual Pere Marquette Lecture in Theology |  Sunday, April 11, 2021  |  2:00pm - 3:30 pm  | Virtual from the United Kingdom

The Père Marquette Lecture in Theology will be held April 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Dr. Rowan Williams will present "Understanding and Misunderstanding 'Negative Theology'" at this virtual event. Dr. Williams is a Welsh Anglican bishop, theologian and poet. He was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury. 

The Père Marquette Lecture lecture was established in 1969 under the auspices
of the Marquette University Department of Theology. The series was endowed by the
children of Joseph A. Auchter (1894-1986), a Milwaukee banker, in honor of their father. In keeping with its history, the lectureship continues to recognize and honor theologians of international renown whose work has made an outstanding original contribution to the field. The lectures are published by the Marquette University Press. 


The Marquette Literature Community | Book Club | Sundays  |  7:00 p.m.  |  Zoom  

The Marquette Literature Community is launching our next book club on Sunday, February 21st. We will meet weekly on Sundays from 7-8:30 pm on Zoom for four weeks. Our next read is Rebecca Makkai's extraordinary, nationally acclaimed 2018 novel, The Great Believers. The author will come to one of our meetings. We are also gathering local experts to come and help us engage with different parts of the novel. 


World Premier Film Screening, Panel Discussion, and Q&A | Stolen Babies of Spain  |  Online  |  Monday, February 22

From forced sterilization and clandestine adoptions to uneven distribution of healthcare resources and all the way to “disappearance” of children from ICE facilities, reproductive violence takes many shapes and forms.

On February 22 this event shared the transatlantic fights for justice on behalf of children stolen from the maternity hospitals during Franco’s dictatorship (1939-1975) in Spain and even during Spain’s transition to democracy (1976-1982) and beyond, as we bring their stories and voices into the debate on reproductive violence.

4.00-5.00 pm: An interdisciplinary discussion panel featuring 

  • “Stolen” babies under the dictatorship in Argentina (Dr. Laura Matthew, History)
  • Children “stolen” from the ICE facilities (Uriel Lopez, MA Candidate, PoliSci)
  • Forced sterilization through time and space (the Indian Ocean, California, ICE) (Michael Turcios, Mitchem Fellow, LLAC and Comms and PhD Candidate, USC)
  • The case of Ireland (Dr. Tim McMahon, History)

5.00-7.15 pm: World premiere of Stolen Babies of Spain –Winner of Best Documentary Feature Film Award at: The American Golden Picture International Film Festival, Top Indie Film Award in Tokyo, NY Movie Awards, L.A. Indie Film Festival, Around International Film Festival  in Berlin, and Mabig Film festival in Augsburg, Germany. It also won Best Women’s Film at the Platonic Film Festival in Punjab, India, and is a finalist at the Golden Earth Film Awards in Hollywood. Directed by Greg Rabidoux and produced by Mara Lencina, 

7.15-8.00 pm: Q&A with Greg Rabidoux, director, and Mara Lencina, executive producer of the film,  coauthors of the book Stolen Babies of Spain (in English and Spanish) and Marquette alumni.

Organized by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Klinger College of Arts and Sciences) and the Diederich College of Communication. Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities


2021 Black Lens-Black History Month program l Coded Bias Screening l February 

The Center is proud to co-sponsor with MKE Film Festival a screening of Coded Bias.

Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her subsequent journey to push for the first-ever US legislation to govern against bias in artificial intelligence. The documentary aims to shine a light on the threat artificial intelligence poses to civil rights and democracy. This film was available for free viewing to Marquette students and educators through the month of February.


reLitMarquette  |  Friday, February 12  |  4:00 p.m. |  Teams  |  Dr. Tosin Gbogi 

Dr. Tosin Gbogi is a Marquette Professor of English whose interdisciplinary research and teaching sit at the intersection of African/African diaspora literatures, popular cultures, and discourse-oriented sociolinguistics. 

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities is pleased to present LitMarquette, organized by Dr. Angela Sorby. LitMarquette sponsors readings that allow Marquette's many faculty and staff creative writers to build community with one another and with student writers.

After a brief pandemic-related diversion, LitMarquette is now ReLitMarquette! This modified series of readings will take place online. Creative writers and appreciative listeners (faculty, students, and staff) are invited to join.  A featured reader will present for the first 15 minutes, with an open mic to follow.  


Humanities Research Colloquium |  Monday, February 8 | 4:00 p.m. |  Teams  |  Advocacy Within Violence and Vulnerability |  Dr. Jesse Cheng  

Dr. Jesse Cheng, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will present “Advocacy Within Violence and Vulnerability.” The session will focus on the practical challenge of conducting advocacy/ethnography with members of precarious populations who may be hostile to engagement with fieldwork. Drawing from his experience as an anthropologically-trained criminal defense lawyer specializing on death penalty cases in the United States, Dr. Cheng seeks to (re)define the ethnographer’s expectations of what constitutes efficacy when working alongside bodies both violent and vulnerable. 

To register, email Dr. Melissa Ganzassociate professor of English.

Mission Week l Monday, February 8 l 6:30 p.m. l Ignation Peacemaking Lecture l Zoom
Bearers of Hope: Encounters of Love and Justice in a Broken World l Dr. Maria Teresa (MT) Davila

Maria Teresa (MT) Davila, visiting associate professor of practice at Merrimack College, is a scholar focusing on racial and migrant justice, public theology, and the ethics of the use of force. 

  • "Encounter" has been at the center of Pope Francis' papacy. His latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti presents the Good Samaritan as the story that most clearly demonstrates what it means to encounter others as full human beings. Who we are as people depends radically on our ability to bring hope and love to others as we work for a more just world. But how to do this in a seemingly broken world? The call to be bearers of hope to one another must be embodied in everyday practices of building communities across difference, attending to the suffering of others, and justice making. 

Mission Week l Tuesday, February 9 l 7:00 p.m. l Virtual l Forum event with Rev. Bryan Massingale, Metcalfe Chair, Professor and James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics

Professor Massingale is a leader in the field of theological ethics.  He is a past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and serves on the editorial board of "Theological Studies," one of the premier Catholic journals of theology.  He is a current member and past coordinator of the North American Regional Committee of the “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church” project.


Black History Month  |  Monday, February 1  |  6:00 p.m.  |  Virtual  |  Opening Keynote Speaker  |  Bobby Seale, Co-founder of the Black Panther Party  |  

Bobby Seale will be speaking virtually on February 1st, 2021 at 6pm. He is an activist and author who co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. During his keynote, he will be discussing the Black Panther Party in relation to Black Families and the cross-generational movement against racism. 

The Bobby Seale keynote is currently sponsored by the following departments: Marquette University Student Government, Marquette Forum, Black Student Council, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Engagement and Inclusion, Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach, Dept. of History, Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Dept. of Political Science,and Dept. of Social and Cultural Sciences.

Fall 2020


  • Center for the Advancement of the Humanities Fall Non-Credit Seminar l Das Kapital by Karl Marx Non-Credit Reading Seminar
    Hosted by Michael McCarthy and Michael WertBeginning mid September, the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities will host an online reading group devoted to Karl Marx's Das Kapital (Capital: Volume One). Now a century and a half old, Marx's analysis of capitalism remains relevant to this day. For those interested in capitalism, theory, philosophy, activism, and for those who are interested in reading a book that is often discussed but rarely read in its entirety. The group is open to faculty, staff, and students from any college or department. Times and dates will be determined by those who participate. If interested, or for more information, contact Michael Wert in the history department at
  • Humanities Research Colloquium l Thursday, September 17 l 5:00 p.m.
    Dr. Michael Zimmer, Department of Computer Science, is the invited speaker at this Humanities Research Colloquium. More information found here.


  • The Value of the Arts and Humanities l Tuesday, October 6 l 1:00-2:15 p.m.
    A Discussion with Susan R. Wolf.  Join us for an informal discussion about this vital and timely topic. Email for meeting link.
  • Meaningfulness: A Third Dimension of the Good Life l Tuesday, October 6 l 4:00-5:15 p.m.
    In thinking about what we want for ourselves and for those about whom we care, we tend to think in terms of the categories of self-interest and morality. We want, in other words, to be both happy and good. These categories, however, leave something out: an interest that our lives be meaningful. This lecture will propose an analysis of meaningfulness in terms of subjective engagement with objective values. Understanding meaningfulness this way brings together the attractive elements of other more popular ways of thinking about the concept and makes intelligible why we should care deeply about having meaning in our lives. Email for meeting link.
  • "In the Belly of the Earth: On Place and Displacement in Modern Nigerian Poetry" l Wednesday, October 7 l 4:00 p.m.
    Dr. Tosin Gbogi, Department of English, is the invited speaker at this Humanities Research Colloquium. More information found here.
  • Black Womxn Organizing for Justice: Then & Now l Thursday, October 8 l 5:00 p.m.
    Learn from Historian, Dr. Nishani Frazier, and Milwaukee activist, Dynasty Ceasar, about the ways Black womxn have and continue to organize for justice and freedom. Local communications leader, Vivian King, will moderate a discussion connecting the panel’s remarks to the current Movement for Black Lives. 
  • 2020 Milwaukee Film Festival l October 15-29
    Since the Film Festival cannot be held in a physical space, MFF2020 will be adapted for your screen at home. To make plans for your virtual visit, check out the Festival's site.
  • Haggerty Museum of Art DNA: Collection of Highlights l through December 20, 2020
    The Haggerty Museum of Art’s institutional genetic code is formed by a collection of over 6,000 works of art created from the Renaissance period to the present. Marquette University began to acquire works of art shortly after it was founded in 1881. These early collecting efforts laid the foundation for what would become, over a century later, the collection of the Haggerty Museum of Art. This exhibition presents a selection of the Haggerty’s most celebrated works of art. Click to visit.


  • "The Hoplite Enigma: Ancient Persian War Strategy and Its Failures" l Thursday, November 12 l 4:00 p.m.
    Dr. Jenn Finn, Department of History, is the invited speaker at this Humanities Research Colloquium. More information found here.

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