Marquette University Civic Dialogues Program to co-host ‘The State of Modern Conservative Politics’ with Charlie Sykes, Oct. 12

Oct. 4, 2023

MILWAUKEE — Charlie Sykes, political commentator and editor-in-chief of The Bulwark, will lead an insightful discussion on a range of topics pertinent to conservatism and Republican constituents during “The State of Modern Conservative Politics,” a panel event co-hosted by the Marquette Civic Dialogues Program and MKE Communities & Cultures FilmFest, on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. at the Weasler Auditorium, 1506 W. Wisconsin Ave.

With the Republican National Convention set to take place in Milwaukee in July 2024, there is no better time to delve into the current state of local and national Republican politics. Sykes, a GOP diagnostician, will be joined by panelists representing a broad set of perspectives, including:

  • Dr. Julia Azari, professor of political science at Marquette
  • Michael Behrens, Marquette Law School student and president of the Marquette Federalist Society
  • Olman Chaheine, an undergraduate student and president of the Marquette College Republicans
  • James Wigderson, political columnist and former editor and publisher of RightWisconsin.

Registration is free and available online. Media interested in attending the event should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at

The panel discussion will be followed by a Dialogue Dinner with limited capacity, providing an opportunity for students and members of the public to continue this conversation over dinner in a smaller setting. Guided by trained student facilitators, attendees will be able to engage in both civic and civil dialogue, with the opportunity to share and listen to multiple perspectives and address some of the most difficult topics facing the country today.

An option to register for the dinner will be available on the main registration page.

The Marquette Civic Dialogues Program works to foster deliberation about the pressing issues facing our world today, prepare students to be citizens with purpose, and advance scholarship on the individual and collective benefits of civic dialogue. Through its programming and research, Civic Dialogues encourages students to “Be The Difference” by engaging differences in political thought and lived experience.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or