Liminal Existences conference to be held at Marquette University

Saturday March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2020

Panel starts at 3 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge 

The inaugural panel will feature our keynote speakers and will be followed by a reception.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Dr. Tosin Gbogi (Marquette English), scholar of African/African diaspora literatures and discourse oriented socio-linguistics. Janan Najeeb, President and Founder of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition. Dr. Dinorah Cortes-Velez (Marquette Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), poet, novelist, and scholar of colonial Latin American Literature. 

The conference will engage scholars, students, and community members in an examination of the transnational and transdisciplinary boundaries affecting issues of access and equity in our contemporary society. We encourage various types of engagements with our theme of liminality, migrancy, and transnationalism, to name a few.

This even is sponsored by the Marquette Forum, the English Department, and the Center for Transnational Justice.


  •   February 2020
  • October 2019
  • September 2019


Marquette University presents 
President Freeman Hrabowski

Thursday, February 27, 2020

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Ballrooms

Watch video here

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Marquette University’s Educational Opportunity Program and the Marquette Forum, President Freeman Hrabowski of the University of Maryland Baltimore County will present a keynote address on creating educational access and opportunity on Thursday, February 27, 3:30-4:30 PM in the Alumni Memorial Ballrooms (1142 W. Wisconsin Ave). A book signing will follow.

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” More recently, he received the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) and was named a recipient of the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019). UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past 10 years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching.

A more extensive biography of President Hrabowski can be found here:


Marquette University presents “Pivotal Moment: Civil unrest and the birth of EOP”

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

6:45 p.m. Light dinner

7 p.m. Program

AMU Ballroom, 3rd floor

Watch video here

The Educational Opportunity Program’s 50th anniversary celebration continues during Mission Week in February with a panel discussion moderated by Vivian King. Hear panelists The Hon. M. Joseph Donald, Arts '82, Law '88; Rev. Ryan Duns, S.J.; Maureen Hoyler, Arts '70, Law '79; George Thompson, III, SP '69, as they share their stories — some from the perspective of history and others from the perspective of the program's impact on their lives. In the spirit of gratitude, we have the opportunity to appreciate the roles of the courageous leaders who came together at a pivotal moment to help frame what's important for Marquette to consider over the next 50 years — particularly its commitment to Milwaukee's first-generation college students. 

EOP was founded in 1969 in the wake of crucial events that include the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , Milwaukee’s open housing marches, student protests demanding action to attract and support African American students, and several Jesuits and members of the men’s basketball team threatened to leave the university. EOP was born to help first-generation and income-eligible college students and is still serving that mission today.

This program will look at the intersection of civil rights and the Jesuit mission, including the role of student activists, faculty, Jesuits and the men’s basketball team in EOP’s creation. It also will look at the program’s profound impact through the lens of its alumni.

This event is sponsored by Mission WeekMarquette Forum, Athletics and EOP.

MUSG and Black Student Council presented “Black Emotional Wellness: A conversation with Charlamagne tha God and Chrishaunda Lee Perez” 

Sunday, Oct. 27

1 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre

Watch video from event here.

The event will feature a candid conversation about Charlamagne tha God’s best-selling book, “Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me.” They will also discuss black emotional health and trauma.

About Charlamagne tha God
Charlamagne tha God has been a leading voice in the discussion around mental health in America, speaking publicly about his struggles with anxiety and depression. He is a co-host of the nationally syndicated iHeartRadio program, “The Breakfast Club,” during which he discusses issues around hip-hop, race, society and politics. He is also the best-selling author of “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.”

About Chrishaunda Lee Perez
A Milwaukee native, Lee Perez is a a writer and film producer. Released in fall 2018 and endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, Lee Perez’s popular debut novel, “We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women,” tells the story of a group of teenage girls during their senior year of high school and how they experience life-changing events that will reshape who they are throughout their transitions into womanhood.

Lee Perez is also known for her work as a writer and producer for the short film, “The Forever Tree,” and as co-author of the book, “Share The Dream: Building Noah’s Ark One Prayer at a Time.”

The event is sponsored by the Marquette Forum, the Near West Side Partners, the Social Development Commission, Rent College Pads and the Office of Community Engagement. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and V100 (WKKV-FM radio) are the media co-sponsors.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers and Learners Workshop

Saturday October 12, 2019

9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Lalumiere Hall 292, Milwaukee, WI

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Marquette University invites Spanish middle and high school instructors who teach heritage Spanish courses or who have heritage speakers in their classes to take part in a workshop designed to examine current pedagogy in the field. As students who are raised in homes where Spanish is spoken, heritage speakers bring unique possibilities and challenges into the classroom.  This workshop will help teachers understand methodological, linguistic and cultural issues involved in teaching heritage speakers and how to address them.

Participants will rotate among three different sessions presented by Spanish faculty at Marquette:

“Spanish and English in the United States”, by Dr. Sonia Barnes. This session will provide an overview of the sociolinguistic practices of Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S., focusing on the characteristics of Spanish in contact with English. It will also examine social issues surrounding the use of Spanish in the U.S., such as language attitudes and ideologies, language policy, bilingualism and the role of education.

“Goals and Principles for Heritage Language Instruction,” by Dr. Todd Hernández. Given the diverse linguistic profiles and experiences of heritage language learners, what are some of the specific goals that heritage language instruction should address? In this session, the presenter will outline the goals for heritage language instruction that have been proposed by researchers and practitioners. The second part of the presentation will be a discussion of useful pedagogical principles for advancing Spanish language learning.

Reading and Identity in the Heritage Classroom”, by Dr. Pilar Bellver. This session will discuss how to create reading activities that incorporate the students’ cultural background and promote awareness of US Latino cultural experiences. A list of recommended readings and a template for creating culturally-relevant reading activities that can be adapted to different proficiency levels will be provided.

Lunch will be provided.

Marquette University welcomes Dr. Patricia Devine of UW-Madison to discuss Creating Inclusion and Reducing Unintential Bias through various events on the Marquette University campus

devineWednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

Decades of research have indicated that, broadly, it is possible to act in prejudicial ways while sincerely rejecting prejudiced ideas. Even for people who don't believe stereotypes are true, those stereotypes, once absorbed, can influence people's behavior without their awareness or intent.

Join Dr. Devine and the Marquette community for one or all of the following events focused on unintentional bias.

"Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab Presentation and Q+A" Increasing receptivity to black people's bias concerns by fostering interracial humility and a cumulative perspective on bias

10:30 a.m. - Noon 
Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Reading Room

"STEM Faculty Summit: Breaking the Bias Habit"
A workshop developed by Dr. Devine and her colleagues at UW-Madison, which has shown impressive scientific evidence in making people act less biased

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium 

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Engineering Hall, 4th Floor Atrium

Pathways to Educational Access and Opportunity

undefinedMarquette University presents Saul Flores to speak during First Generation & Latinx Heritage Month

Wed, September 25, 2019

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium

1506 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI

From helping his mother scrub penthouse suites in Manhattan to learning broken English with his sister, Saul’s humble beginnings started in Brooklyn, New York. Now, he wants to share his story to inspire college students to persevere no matter the circumstance. Whether you’re a first-generation college student or a freshman in a new leadership role, Saul will inspire students to overcome their personal barriers to live up to their fullest potential.