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Marquette Forum: Affiliated Events



Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

12:15 p.m. – Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall – 2016 Barrock Lecture on Criminal Law

Rachel E. Barkow is the Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy at New York University School of Law. In June 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission, following her nomination by President Barack Obama.

“We live in an age of mass incarceration and mass criminalization. These are the products of criminal justice policies created in a political environment that is often incapable of rational reflection or a sound weighing of costs and benefits.”

Jay Wright


Tuesday, Oct. 25 & Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Frequently described as a “poet’s poet,” Jay Wright has quietly built an impressive career as one of America’s leading African-American voices. A recurring theme in Wright’s poetry is the attempt to overcome a sense of exclusion, whether from society or one’s own cultural identity, and to find growth and unity through a connection between American society (the experience of the present) and African traditions (the heritage of the past).


Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Like other regions in the United State, Milwaukee County has moved away from institutionalized care for the mentally ill toward care in community-based settings. This forum explores the progress that has been made thus far and discusses what more still needs to be done. Panelists will assess whether current community-based services are sufficient along with disparities in access to services that may exist in some neighborhoods and communities in Milwaukee County.



Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Eckstein Hall Conference Room


The goals of this interdisciplinary all-campus faculty day are to:

  • ​Provide a framework to discuss the social movements around African American, Latinx, and Native American lives
  • Explore strategies for responding to student resistance to learning about the protest strategies of these groups
  • Engage in interdisciplinary dialogue and conversation with faculty and students about the impact of these movements at Marquette and the Milwaukee community

Keynote: Joseph Brown, S.J., Dir. of the Africana Studies Department, Southern Illinois University

Co-sponsored by Manresa for Faculty, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the Jesuit Community at Marquette University.





Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

12:30–1:30 p.m., Weasler Auditorium

The weekend host of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Marquette’s 2017 Ralph H. Metcalfe Fellow Michel Martin will speak on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin, an Emmy-award winner, has spent more than 25 years as a journalist, covering stories for national print, television and radio news media.
The lecture is free and open to the public.



Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Johnston Hall, 104 (jPAD), lunch will be provided

Journalist and speaker Noor Tagouri and alumnus Kevin Clancy will share their experiences on navigating the journalism industry.

Noor Tagouri: Noor is a journalist and speaker who breaks down cultural barriers—from sexism to Islamophobia and more. While her storytelling and public speaking have drawn profiles in Marie Claire, The Washington Post and elsewhere, she’s also launched #TheNoorEffect, a clothing line created to empower women and combat sex trafficking. She currently works as a reporter at’s Washington, D.C. bureau.
Kevin Clancy: A Marquette University Alumnus (Comm 2015), Kevin is a video journalist working out of’s Washington, D.C. bureau. He’s worked long hours covering the campaign trail, political protests and international stories, including his threepart series on the Zika virus in Central America. Before working at Newsy, Kevin freelanced for organizations such as Vice, Viceland, Netflix, The Weather Channel and CNN.


Mission Week Events

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Opening Keynote: Join Dr. William Welburn, the executive director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, as he facilitates a conversation with Rev. Jim Wallis and Bree Newsome as they discuss the history of racism in America, the legacy of racism in the South and the Gospel call to social action. Rev. Wallis and Newsome will speak to their deeply personal calls to action in overcoming racism ingrained in American society and their shared beliefs that America was founded by the near genocide of one people and the enslavement of another; that rooted into the founding documents of our nation is the notion that white lives matter more than others, and more specifically, given our history of enslaving African and African American peoples, white lives matter more than Black lives, otherwise known as the "original sin." Rev. Wallis is the founder of Sojourners and a Christian writer and activist. Newsome is a filmmaker, speaker and activist from Charlotte. N.C. Rev. Wallis will sign copies of his book in the Lynch Lounge upon conclusion of the keynote.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Ex Fabula Storytelling Event: Join us for an important evening of storytelling and deep listening of the experiences, hopes and dreams of members of our Marquette community and members of Project Return, a local nonprofit that assists formerly incarcerated Milwaukeeans in successfully returning and reintegrating into the community. Stories will involve themes and experiences of race, incarceration and the impact of both on the lives of our larger community.


Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Closing Keynote: Racial injustice has been called the "greatest evil" by Pope Francis, a "radical evil" by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, and the country's "original sin" by Rev. Jim Wallis. Given the burden of our country's tragic history of the oppression of people of African descent, and the present-day suffering of our Black brothers and sisters because of current practices of racial privilege, we need to face the question: Is racial justice in our country, our communities and our families even possible? Join Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D., professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, a Marquette alumnus, and a priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, as he challenges us to live the Gospel call of Christ through honest repentance, atonement, relationship and love. His unique "Call to the Church" is grounded in his identities as a priest, a theologian and as a man who grew up in Milwaukee's 53206 neighborhood — a community that is one of the poorest in the country and with one the highest incarceration rates of black men in America. Father Massingale will sign copies of his book in the Weasler Auditorium upon conclusion of the keynote.


The Marquette Democracy Project

Spring 2017

Human rights activists face similar struggles, but their stories are often heard in isolation. The Marquette Democracy Project facilitates transnational coalition-building by creating a forum for activists to share their experiences with Marquette students, with each other, and with individuals across the world.

Toward this end, our project brings international activists to Marquette for brief visits during the school semester, during which they teach classes, give a public talk (open to the Milwaukee community), and tell their stories to student journalists and videographers for distribution on our project website. Our Spring 2017 series includes activists from Mexico, Uganda, and Bahrain.

February 26 – March 1, 2017: Fray Tomás, Mexico, migrant rights activist

March 26 – 29, 2017: Clare Byarugaba, Uganda, LGBTI activist

April 11 – 14, 2017: Maryam Al-Khawaja, Bahrain, human rights activist

Visit the Democracy Project website for more information.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

7:00 - Weasler Auditorium

The Center for Intercultural Engagement will be screening the documentary 13TH. This is a thought-provoking documentary in which scholars, activists, and politicians unpack the historical criminalization of African Americans while analyzing the U.S. prison boom.





Christian-Muslim Relations in America Today: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

March 27 - 29, 2017

Alumni Memorial Union, Ballrooms AB

Marquette University will present a Symposium on Christian-Muslim relations in America today featuring presentations by faculty members and visiting speakers addressing issues of inter-religious engagement in dialogue, Catholic-Muslim relation and Vatican II, Lutheran-Muslim engagement, extremism and terrorist violence in America, the American Constitution and religious faiths today and more.

Jay WrightJay Wright, Poet, playwright and essayist


Thursday, April 20, 2017

3:30 p.m. - Sensenbrenner Eisenberg Hall, 1103 W. Wisconsin Ave., Room 204

Jay Wright, African American poet and playwright will present "The Abandoned Eye." The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow at the Haggerty Museum.

Jay Wright's visit to Milwaukee will also include a reading at the Woodland Pattern Friday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.. The reading is free and open to the public.

Jay Wright's visit is sponsored by a gift of the Rojtman Foundation to support lectures and readings offered by the Philosophy and the English Departments.



About the Forum

Marquette University is launching a yearlong series of inclusive conversations, bringing experts of national renown together with those from the Marquette and Milwaukee communities.

Inspired by visions of inclusion and a better world emerging from Black freedom struggles, we hope to look with new eyes at the challenges that inequality presents at the national level and within Milwaukee. As a Catholic, Jesuit university committed to social justice, we seek to energize our campus and engage all Milwaukee’s communities by asking, “What is your freedom dream now?”

This site will be updated throughout the academic year as we add events to our schedule.