Marquette University welcomes Soledad O’Brien Tuesday, February 26, 2019 for the annual Nieman Symposium as well as other events on campus.


“Race and Gender in Media and Society,” moderated by Soledad O’Brien

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Lubar Center
Marquette University Law School
1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

Join President Michael R. Lovell for a panel discussion and Q&A on diversity, equity and inclusion moderated by award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien.


The Lucius W. Nieman Lecture - SOLD OUT

Keynote: Soledad O’Brien  - “Reporting on Politics in Crazy Times” 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom 
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

This year, in partnership with the Marquette Forum, the Diederich College of Communication is pleased to welcome Soledad O’Brien as the 2019 Nieman Lecturer.

On February 26 at 4 p.m., O’Brien will deliver her lecture “Reporting on Politics in ‘Crazy Times’” in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballroom. “Are Journalists the Enemies of the People?” panel discussion moderated by Dave Umhoefer, the Director of the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, will immediately follow the lecture. Special thanks to the Marquette University Law School, Raynor Memorial Libraries, and Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies for their additional support.

The Nieman lecture is free and open to the public. Due to space limitations, registration is requested. 

Event is sold out.

The Lucius W. Nieman Symposium with Soledad O'Brien
List of events for February 26, 2019 

Soledad O’Brien, Anchor of Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien 

Hosted by J.William and Mary Diederich College of Communication and  Marquette Forum “Democracy in Troubled Times” 

With special thanks to the Marquette University Library, Raynor Memorial Libraries, and Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies for their support. 


Breakfast with Deans/Forum Planning Meeting Committee/Journalism Faculty/College of Comm Leadership
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. 
Channel 12 WISN Visit 
9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

College of Communication –Student Media Tour/Meet with Students from Student Media/Wire 
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 

On the Issues with Mike Gousha 
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lubar Center, Marquette University Law School, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

President’s Diversity Panel/Symposium: “Race and Gender in Media and Society”
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lubar Center, Marquete University Law School, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin  

Soledad O’Brien talks to President Mike Lovell, student, and faculty member- followed by questions from the audience.  

The Lucius W. Nieman Lecture
Keynote: Soledad O’Brien  - “Reporting on Politics in Crazy Times”
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

Register here

Are Journalists the Enemies of the People  - Panel Session 
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Moderator:  Dave Umhoefer, Director, O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism.  Panelists:  Markasa Tucker (Head, African American Roundtable), Orvill Seymer (citizen), George Stanley (Journal Sentinel Editor), Louise Kiernan (editor-in-chief, ProPublica Illinois), Edgar Mendez (reporter, NNS). 

Dr. Kelly HernandezA discussion with Dr. Kelly Hernandez  “Million Dollar Hoods: Mapping the Fiscal and Human Cost of Mass Incarceration”

Thursday, February 21, 2019

6 p.m.

Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites

1355 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Dr. Kelly Hernandez, professor of history and African American studies at UCLA, will present on race, immigration and mass incarceration. There will be a panel discussion too. 

Panelists: Dr. Rachel Buff (UW-Milwaukee, History/Cultures & Communities) – moderator; Dr. Sergio Gonzalez (Marquette University, History); Dr. Grant Silva (Marquette University, Philosophy); and Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez.

Event is co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement, the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach (CURTO), and Cultures & Communities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Register here



Mission Week announces 2019 Keynote lecture speaker

David Archambault Standing With Tribes – Past, Present, & Future” 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

In his address “Standing with Tribes - Past, Present & Future,”Dave Archambault discusses how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s stand against the oil industry and Federal government to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline just upstream of their lands quickly came to represent the arduous struggle of indigenous peoples everywhere to protect their sovereignty and ancestral heritage. Archambault will reflect on his Tribe's rich history and how honoring the past has powered efforts to preserve that heritage for future generations. He shares his experiences with the "Standing with Standing Rock" movement, the leadership decisions he's had to make in the moment, strategies he's learned for successfully carrying the fight forward, as well as steps for all of Indian Country to stand together againstinjustice. 



Tuesday, February 5, 2019

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Short Presentations and Discussion

Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites (lower level)

The Marquette Forum theme of “democracy in troubled times” is related not only to domestic political events in the United States and Europe but also to relations between the United States and Europe. Please join us on February 5th and 10:30 a.m. as an esteemed panel of scholars and government officials will briefly present on, and then discuss with the audience, the topic “A Transatlantic Rift? The future of US-European Relations.”

  • Participants will include:
     - H.E. Pjer Šimunović, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America.
     - H.E. Jonatan Vseviov, Ambassador of Estonia to the United States.
     - Dr. Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a     New American Security, Washington DC.
     - Dr. Risa Brooks, Allis Chalmers Associate Professor of Political Sciecce, Marquette University will         serve as moderator of the panel.
  • A Marquette Forum Event. Hosted by the Marquette University Department of Political Science.

The Marquette University Forum will host keynote Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy for two special events


Q&A session with Anna Clark

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Reading Room, 304 

1103 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Please join us for a question and answer session with Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (metropolitan Books, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Elle Magazine, The New York Times, Politico, Next City, and other publications. She was a correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review as part of its United States Project for nearly five years, and received the 2017 Excellence in Environmental Journalism award from the Great Lakes Environmental Law Council.

Anna will answer questions about research and the writing of the book, the role of the journalist in a changing media landscape, how to structure narrative nonfiction, the role of citizen activists in bringing about change on social issues, and more.

A discussion on Flint's Water crisis and its implications for every municipality in America with Anna Clark

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Keynote
6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Book Sales, Book Signing, and Reception

Weasler Auditorium, 1506 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Please join us for the Marquette Forum Keynote with Anna Clark, author from Detroit whose writings have appeared in Elle Magazine, The New York Times, Politico, Next City, and other publications. She was a correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review as part of its United States Project for nearly five years, and received the 2017 Excellence in Environmental Journalism award from the Great Lakes Environmental Law Council. Ms. Clark will discuss her book The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (Metropolitan Books, 2018), which has implications for every municipality in America (especially Milwaukee), and the inspiring role of Flint's "lionhearted residents," their grassroots activism, community organizing, and the independent investigations that brought the crisis to national attention. 

Chris Stirewalt Discussion 

Monday, December 3, 2018

5:30 p.m. - Book sales
6 p.m. - Keynote address on post-election analysis
7-8 p.m. - Book sales and signing


Eisenberg Reading Room

Sensenbrenner Hall, 1103 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 304
Milwaukee, WI 

Dr. Sarah Feldner, Acting Dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication
at Marquette University will host Chris Stirewalt, Politics Editor at Fox News Channel and author of
Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists.



Race/Racism, Sports & Activism with Dave Zirin 

Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:30 p.m. 

Alumni Memorial Union

1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 157
Milwaukee, WI 

Join us for a conversation about race/racism, sports and social activism featuring acclaimed sports writer Dave Zirin. Local journalist James Causey will join Zirin after his talk for a conversation amongst journalists, moderated by Pulitzer Prize winner and Marquette faculty, Dave Umhoefer.  

Dave Zirin has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by Robert Lipsyte and “...the finest, most important writer on sports and politics in America” by Dr. Cornel West. Zirin is sports editor for The Nation, and its first sports writer ever. Zirin was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his book, The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World. Zirin's latest book is co-authored with NFL Superbowl Champion Michael Bennett titled, Things that Make White People Uncomfortable. Zirin is also the author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States, part of Howard Zinn’s People’s History Series.

Hosted by Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach (CURTO), Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Diedrich College of Communications, Marquette Forum 

The Milwaukee Model: Keynote Conversation: Curtis L. Carter Art and Social Change Lecture featuring Elizabeth Hinton and Christian Viveros-Fauné

Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:30 p.m. 

Marquette University Weasler Auditorium
1506 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI

Welcome Elizabeth Hinton, Associate Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, and author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America; and Christian Viveros-Fauné, art and culture critic, author of Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art, and curator-at-large at University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum.

Hosted by The Haggerty Museum of Art and Marquette Forum 

Faith and Democracy in Troubled Times

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
3300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. 
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Is democracy in crisis? Should faith inform political decisions; or, should leaders adhere to a strict separation of church and state? In what ways does your faith and/or prayer inform your considerations of democratic concern? Join President Michael R. Lovell and a panel of influential interfaith leaders as they consider the various ways in which they understand their personal faiths, and their broader faith traditions, in relationship with their roles as faith leaders, or leaders influenced by their faith, and members of our democratic society, and the troubled times within which we live.

The panel will be followed by roundtable discussions among community members facilitated by the Frank P. Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.

Hosted by Marquette University Office of Community Engagement, Marquette University Office of Mission and Ministry, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Bader Philanthropies, Inc., and Zeidler Center for Public Discussion


Politics with the People Keynote

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Reading Room 4th floor

Citizens and scholars alike worry about the health of representative democracy around the world today. They worry about resurgent nationalism across the globe as well as accusations of 'democratic deficits' against technocrats. In the United States, approval of Congress remains near its all-time low, with populist challenges roiling both major parties. Dr. Neblo will present some realistic reform proposals based on his research into what ails democratic politics in the U.S. today.

Democracy in Troubled Times Immigration Forum

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, room 227

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a light dinner, introduction and roundtable conversations beginning at 6:15

Immigration affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. This forum is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the policy issues surrounding immigration. The options and actions we will discuss reflect different ways of understanding what is at stake and force us to think about what matters most to us when we face difficult problems that do not have perfect solution.

Dr. Michael A. Neblo is associate professor of political science and (by courtesy) philosophy and public policy, and director of the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA) at The Ohio State University.




“The Constitution in Troubled Times”

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Beaumier Suites B&C in the Raynor Library

Admission is free and no reservation is required.
Light refreshments will be served.

This coming Monday, September 17th marks the 231st anniversary of when the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia completed its work on what would become the U.S. Constitution. To commemorate this event, the Political Science Department at Marquette is hosting an event discussing the role of the Constitution in our contemporary era.

The U.S. Constitution – the oldest national constitution in continuous existence – has survived numerous crises since its creation. It has also inspired the growth of constitutionalism throughout the world. In contemporary times, however, liberal democracy is facing a backlash from numerous sources across the globe. Even in the United States, fewer citizens express satisfaction with how democracy is working. What do these broader trends mean for constitutionalism, both in the United States and in other democracies? Are we facing a “constitutional crisis”? Please join us for our panel discussion featuring Dr. Julia Azari (Political Science), Prof. Chad Oldfather (Law School), and Dr. Susan Giaimo (Political Science).

Co-sponsored by the Marquette University Law School
Affiliated with the Marquette Forum’s “Democracy in Troubled Times” Event Series