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Marquette Forum: Freedom Dreams Now

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dr. Angela Davis, a living witness to history and important struggles of our contemporary era, will deliver a distinguished lecture. Davis is a scholar, activist, and sought-after speaker, presenting at dozens of universities including Dartmouth, Stanford, University of Northern Iowa, Lawrence College and Seattle University, a sister Catholic, Jesuit university. She has written eight books; taught at UCLA, UCSC, Vassar and Stanford; and focuses on social justice issues like racism, oppression and prison abolition. Davis has spoken in every state in America.

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53206 Documentary Film Poster


Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

Join us for an open screening of the documentary Milwaukee 53206, which explores issues of incarceration and racial justice in a neighborhood on the north side of Milwaukee and the ripple effects of incarceration of men of color on their families and the greater community. This screening will be followed by a Dialogue Dinner to facilitate an opportunity for deeper listening and conversation among diverse members of the Marquette and Milwaukee communities. This event is sold out. Please visit the Mission Week website for information about other events.

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Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

Marquette University Student Government will be holding a Dialogue Dinner that will include a viewing of the film Two American Families. The film depicts the lives of two families, one white and one black, and their struggles with the U.S. economy and the declining middle class. After the showing of the film, there will be an optional simple dinner after which students, faculty, staff and community members will have the opportunity to join in a facilitated discussion addressing the various challenges seen in the film. Discussions will be focused on the struggles shown in the film and possible ways individuals can create positive change.

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Race and Segregation in Milwaukee: A Conversation with Leaders in the Near West Side

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Marquette University affirms its ongoing commitment to human dignity by engaging the community of civic and religious leaders who seek reconciliation and improvement in the quality of life across Milwaukee. We hope that you will join us for a panel discussion related to the historic issues of racial injustice and segregation facing our community, and the ways in which leaders in the Near West Side are thinking about and addressing issues of inequality, and striving towards a more just community. Following the panel discussion, attendees will be invited to participate in a meal and dialogue with one another about opportunities to implement change.

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Conversation and reception with documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

The Black Lens Program, part of the Milwaukee Film Festival, has selected Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’ as part of its 2016 lineup. The film focuses on two separate groups (record collectors and musicians) who travel to Mississippi in 1964 to look for two blues musicians in the midst of Freedom Summer. In a conversation with Dr. William Welburn, Marquette University’s executive director for institutional diversity and inclusion, Pollard will discuss the documentaries he has either directed or collaborated on during the past three decades.

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.