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In 2017, the Marquette Democracy Project brought four internationally known activists to Marquette University to give public talks and visit classrooms as guest lecturers. The activists are Wael Ghonim, an Egyptian computer engineer who energized pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt in 2011; Fray Tomás González Castillo, executive director of a migrant shelter in southern Mexico; Clare Byarugaba, an LGBTQ-plus activist and feminist from Uganda; and Maryam Al-Khawaja, a leading pro-democracy activist in Bahrain, who played a prominent role in the Arab Spring protests. The Office of International Education, the Center for Transnational Justice, the Department of Political Science and the Helen Way Klinger College of Arts and Sciences sponsor the Marquette Democracy Project.
Diederich College of Communication faculty member Joe Brown serves as the media director. As part of his role, Professor Brown oversees the production of the video interviews the students conduct with the activists. Brown explains, "Seniors majoring in international affairs host the activities as a part of their capstone seminar and develop the interview questions used for the videos on the website." Other faculty members include Dr. Barrett McCormick, professor of political science and Dr. Jessica Rich, assistant professor of political science.
To see more interviews and read about the activists, visit the Marquette Democracy Project website.
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