2021-2022 Marquette Forum

Telling Our Stories From 9/11 to the Present Day 

9/11 has marked an important milestone in recent U.S. and global history. While many of us will remember the tragic events of 20 years ago, numerous shifts in our social and cultural landscapes have caused fundamental changes in the ethos of who we are and in the relationships we maintain with one another.  The proposed forum, “Telling Our Stories From 9/11 to the Present Day,” presents the Marquette community with an opportunity to take stock of the past 20 years, from sudden and dramatic policy changes; by war, anxiety and xenophobia; racial, immigrant and gender-based justice movements; demographic shifts; an ever-deepening digital environment for human connectivity; and the contested terrain of scientific discovery. 

The forum will focus on the power of capturing and telling our stories about changes in our society over the past 20 years.  We hope to inspire multidisciplinary campus conversations about the past two decades, what we have learned and what the future holds for us.  The Forum Steering Committee will invite proposals from the across the Marquette community that encourage programming and generate opportunities to consider life in a post-9/11 world. The steering committee encourages proposals that involve collaborations between faculty, staff, students and community partners.   

The Forum Steering Committee will be tasked with organizing a major event in spring 2022 as in previous years.

By the close of the spring 202semesterthe Marquette Forum expects to achieve the following: 

  • Remember the impact of 9/11 throughout the Marquette community. 

  • Generate conversation about changes in social norms, technologies, social movements and other societal trends 

  • Provide students with a clear understanding not only of the significance of 9/11 but of all of the events that have deeply affected their lives over the past two decades. 
  • February 2022
  • January 2021
  • December 2021
  • November 2021

Is Democracy in Danger? Voting Rights and the Role of the Press

Tuesday, February 22 2022

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m..

Virtual on Microsoft Teams

In this year’s Nieman Symposium, we aim to examine the challenges that the American press currently faces covering elections and the state of voting rights. Reporters, scholars, and community organizers will ponder about the strengths and shortcomings of professional journalism as it addresses America’s backsliding democracy. Panelists will also reflect on the professional and ethical practices that could help journalists do a better job at holding institutions, government officials, and candidates accountable while empowering people to mobilize and defend their rights. This symposium, then, expects to enable the following learning outcomes:

  • Reflect on the history and current state of democracy and voting rights in the U.S.
  • Analyze the role of journalism in the safeguard of democracy and voting rights.
  • Critique journalism’s performance regarding the coverage of elections, grassroots organizing, and voting.
  • Discuss potential changes and improvements in journalism practice that could enable more helpful news coverage of elections and voting.


  • Amber Wichowsky, Professor, Political Science, Marquette University
  • Suzanne Gamboa, Senior National/Politics Reporter, NBC Latino
  • George Christensen, Milwaukee County Clerk
  • Angela Lang, Executive Director, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC), Milwaukee
  • Moderator: Ayleen Cabas-Mijares, Assistant Professor, Marquette University 

Register here

Events past

Events past

Afghanistan Information Panel

Friday, November 5, 2021

4:45 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union, 227

MSA and Center for Transnational Peace invite you to an Afghanistan informational event Friday, Nov. 5, at 4:45 p.m. in AMU 227. We have three amazing speakers coming to talk about what is going on in Afghanistan, the misrepresentation of Islam in media, as well as how we can help the Afghan refugee’s and their experiences. There will be dinner afterwards with Afghani food.

Come prepared with questions for the speakers!! We will be collecting donations and writing cards to help out the refugees at Fort McCoy as well. You can venmo @Marquette-MSA with any donations you have.

Community Engagement Conversations: Finding Joy in the Struggle 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Virtual Event

This year, Marquette University celebrates the 500th anniversary of when Ignatius the soldier was injured by a cannonball in the Battle of Pamplona, a moment that instigated a change of heart and attested to God's constant invitation of grace to all of us at each moment. In recognition of this moment in both our institutional and community history, we invite members from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds to consider those moments of joy, hope and gratitude expressed as resilience and forged in the struggles. 

We offer a special thanks to our partners with the Marquette Alumni Association, the Beyond MU learning platform, the Mission and Ministry - Ignatian Year Planning Committee and the Marquette Forum

Emerging HSI Day of Dialogue 

Friday, November 19, 2021
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Learn more about the vision of Marquette as an aspiring Hispanic-Serving Institution and the work that is being done to get us there, and engage in conversation about goals and strategies. The program, which includes lunch, is free and open to the public.