Study abroad applications due March 1

appsAs a reminder, applications for summer or fall 2014 study abroad are due on Saturday, March 1. Visit the study abroad website for a full list of programs and to access the online application.




Students receive a behind the scenes look at the Federal Courthouse

Last month, the Office of International Education hosted a visit to the Federal Courthouse in downtown Milwaukee. Twenty-one Marquette students from countries including China, Denmark, Pakistan and the U.S. toured the courthouse and saw the inner workings of the U.S. justice system. Marquette Alumni James L. Santelle, United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, guided the group throughout the day. The students had the opportunity to ask Mr. Santelle questions regarding the U.S. justice system, as well as learn more about our three branches of government, checks and balances and the role of ethics in law. 


Participants also had the opportunity to attend a pre-trial hearing and sentencing inside the Ceremonial Courtroom. Student participant Tian Gao explained, “Unlike unrealistic TV drama and cold, distant words in the newspapers, I got a real chance to watch closely how the justice system works during this trip. Mr. Santelle’s detailed explanations have answered many questions which have circled in my mind for a while. My curiosity has been greatly satisfied, as well as my respect for law enforcement officers deepens. This trip undoubtedly broadened my horizon and benefited me in so many ways.” 


At Marquette, we are very lucky to have supportive alumni that allow us to host events such as these. Opportunities to learn outside the classroom greatly enhance student experiences and understanding.


Grad student to hold forum encouraging innovation in engineering education


Joe Packhem, a graduate student in the College of Engineering at Marquette, attended the first Indian Student Forum (ISF) in Hubli, India, in January. The forum was hosted by the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED), a nonprofit engineering student organization that aims to give a voice to the international engineering community and provide students with the chance to make a difference in engineering education.


Ninety students from all over India participated in the three-day conference. The students were divided into three tracks and instructed to improve upon a previously selected “Action Plan,” a proposed strategy to promote creativity and innovation in engineering education. At the forum, Packhem served as an international track expert, supervising his group and acting as a judge for the others.


“The biggest takeaway from my experience was working with the students, and helping them develop their Action Plans,” says Packhem. “I was very excited to hear how enthusiastic the students were to go back to their institutions to implement their Action Plans.  They were empowered to make a difference, and developed the tools at the conference to be an agent of change.”


Packhem will be hosting a two-day student workshop in April inspired by the ISF. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and develop their own Action Plans “to help link courses globally, to their community, and grow as entrepreneurs,” Packem says. The workshop will be held April 26-27 at Marquette. Contact Joe Packhem at for more information.


Center for Transnational Justice announces grant competition

The Marquette University Center for Transnational Justice (CTJ) has announced that it will award up to four grants for full-time Marquette faculty to develop new courses, or significantly revise existing courses, that explore issues of justice that transcend national borders.


The CTJ is especially seeking proposals focusing on topics of migration, including immigration and refugee issues; economics, politics and justice, including studies about hunger, environmental policy and economic crises; and human security, including issues of human rights, healthcare and crime.


Courses that are chosen for the grant must be taught at least once within three semesters following notice of the grant award. The four grants will amount to $3,600 each.


For consideration, applicants must submit a letter that describes the proposed course, an updated curriculum vitae, a one-page draft syllabus and a letter of support from their department chair. Applications should be submitted electronically as PDF or Word attachments to The application deadline for the spring 2014 competition is noon on Friday, April 11, 2014.


Marquette students win prizes at Chinese language speech contest

Two Marquette students won medals at the 11th annual Wisconsin Chinese Language Speech Contest last month. Ian Bubula, Arts ’18, and Elizabeth Roberts, Comm ’15, were awarded third and second place in the non-heritage, university beginner level, respectively.


More than 100 students from major universities in Wisconsin, including Marquette, UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, participated in the contest. In Bubula and Roberts’ category, 10 students spoke in front of the judges for two to three minutes on a topic of their own choosing. Roberts said she memorized her speech, which was a comical, fictional story about relationships.


Roberts said she enjoyed the opportunity to bond with other Marquette students at the contest. “It was great to see so many people embracing a different language, especially the younger kids,” she added. She said she was thankful to her professor, Jing Zhai, who accompanied the students to the contest, and to her friends for helping her prepare.


Roberts began studying Chinese last semester. “I was hesitant because I heard it was so difficult,” she said. “I’m really glad I finally decided to give it a try, because it’s such an interesting and beautiful language—and it’s not as difficult as I thought it would be! Since globalization is such an important trend right now, learning Chinese offers great opportunities for international business and communication.”


Marquette celebrates Chinese Lantern Festival

Nearly 100 Marquette students celebrated the end of Chinese New Year festivities on Saturday, Feb. 22, with a buffet dinner and lantern decorating in the David Straz Atrium. The Lantern Festival has been an important celebration in Chinese culture since 300 BC. To mark the end of Chinese New Year festivities, which last 15 days, friends and family come together to share food and observe the beautifully decorated lanterns being sold and carried outside.


Dr. Meissner, an associate professor of Chinese history who hosted the event with Ms. Jing Zhai, said, “For me personally, this is one of those relaxed, fun, ‘family and friends’ festivals—more like a Thanksgiving get-together than the hustle and bustle of Christmas, which is like Chinese New Year.”


At the event, Marquette students enjoyed a dinner with typical Chinese food and drinks, then decorated their own lanterns with Chinese characters for good luck, happiness and horse (the animal that represents the year 2014). While they worked, students took the opportunity to talk with each other and learn more about festivals in both China and the United States, and how each is celebrated.


“It was quite an exciting evening,” said Dr. Meissner, “and refreshing to see a room full of Marquette students engaged in friendly conversation and a wholesome activity like decorating lanterns.”


The event was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon grant and sponsored by the History Department, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Office of International Education and the College of Business.


Asia creates regional study abroad program


An organization for higher education in Southeast Asia will pilot a regional study abroad program this year, similar to the European student exchange program ERASMUS. The South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) announced the Academic Credit Transfer Framework for Asia (ACTFA) as a strategy to encourage mobility and harmonization in higher education across Asia.


Like ERASMUS, ACTFA will establish a standardized credit system among higher education institutions, allowing students in China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia to more easily take part in study abroad exchanges within the region.


According to SEAMEO-RIHED, higher education in Southeast Asia has grown rapidly “in size, fluidity and complexity” to meet increasing demand. A spokesperson for the organization said that the region “represents both potentials and challenges related to historical differences, cultural backgrounds, ideological gaps, development [and] languages,” but that the program seeks to take advantage of that diversity to strengthen higher education in Asia, especially in the Greater Mekong Subregion, which includes Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Thailand.


Read more at The PIE News.


Deadline extended to enter ELS sponsored United Nations essay contest

Enter to win the ELS sponsored United Nations Academic Impact Student Essay Contest for the chance to win a full scholarship to attend the Global Youth Forum in New York, June 25-29, 2014, and present your essay at the UN headquarters. Students are invited to write an essay (2,000 words or less) discussing the ideas of global citizenship and understanding, and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these concepts. Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in their primary or secondary education. Essay submissions are due on March 15. Visit the official contest website for more information.




Indian Student Association Holi Show and Dinner
Saturday, March 1
5 – 9 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium

The Indian Student Association will host its annual cultural show Saturday, March 1, at 5 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The show will tell the story of a girl finding her perfect husband based on their zodiac signs, and will be told through cultural dances and songs. More information is available online


Study Break
Sunday, March 2
5 – 7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Take a break from the stress of midterm preparation! Enjoy traditional foods associated with Mardi Gras in the US, including King Cake and packis (donuts)! There will be plenty of coffee, tea and hot chocolate as well as healthy snacks to keep you fueled and able to keep working. All Marquette students are welcome, including roommates and study groups.


An Experiment in Self-Government: Haiti in the African American Political Imagination, 1863-1915
Monday, March 3
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites B/C

Visiting scholar and Mitchem fellow Brandon Byrd will present a lecture based on his dissertation about African Americans invoking Haiti in their political activism and public life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.



Getting to Know Your Muslim Neighbors: A Series for Educators

March 13 & 30, April 17

Locations vary


The UWM Institute of World Affairs and the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition (MMWC) will host a series of fun, informative and social gatherings for educators to connect with the Muslim community, understand some of the challenges facing Muslim students and their families, and identify high-quality teaching materials for educating students about Muslim societies in different parts of the world.


March 13 (6 – 8 p.m.): Introduction to Milwaukee’s Muslim Community

Enjoy dinner with members of Milwaukee’s Muslim community, tour a local mosque, and learn about the diverse Muslim population in Milwaukee.


March 30 (2 – 5 p.m.): Resources for Teaching about Islam and Muslim Societies

Discover the Islamic Resource Center’s teaching materials and participate in a reading and discussion of “A Quiet Revolution” by Leila Ahmed.


April 17 (6 – 8 p.m.): Educating Muslim Students

Explore what educators should know about their Muslim students and hear directly from Muslim youth about their experiences in local schools.


Cost is $10 per session or $25 to attend all three. To register, please contact Nicole Palasz at



Ralph Metcalfe Chair: Linda Martín Alcoff 

Wednesday, March 19 – Friday, March 21

Location TBD


Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.  Dr. Alcoff is the author and editor of numerous books and essays on social identity and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence, and Latino issues in philosophy, including Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self (Oxford University Press, 2005). During her visit Dr. Alcoff will present a public lecture. Her visit is hosted by the Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences.  For more information about Dr. Alcoff, please visit her website.





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Alexandre Martins 

Ph.D. Student, Theology Department 

Healthcare Ethics 


Alexandre Martins, an international student pursuing a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Marquette, recently won the 2014 Catholic Healthcare Association Graduate Student Essay Contest for his paper, “Healthy Justice: A Liberation Approach to Justice in Healthcare.” In his paper, Martins addresses issues of justice in global health, focusing on the perspective of poor and marginalized communities.  


Martins wanted to give a voice to those without one in the healthcare debate. In his work, he argues that the promotion of justice must start from below, to help underserved communities where people “are suffering and dying because of injustice and inequalities in health,” Martins says. According to Martins’ studies, social injustice and healthcare inequalities go hand in hand. “If we want to remedy inequalities in global healthcare,” he says, “we need to address social injustice.” 


Martins says he was surprised and glad when he found out that he had won the essay contest. “I am glad because I will have an opportunity to present this essay in a conference on healthcare ethics and give voice to those who do not have [one],” he explains. 


Martins was born in the small city of Minas Gerais, Brazil. After living in poverty for most of his childhood, at age 14 Martins left for São Paulo to attend school. While in college, Martins was taking philosophy classes and earning a professional license in nursing, which led to an interest in social justice and activism. 


In Brazil, Martins met a professor from Boston College who was familiar with his social justice work. After receiving a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from BC, Martins decided to focus his Ph.D. studies on healthcare ethics from a theological perspective. He was already familiar with Marquette and its Healthcare Mission and Ethics program, so he decided to enroll. 


“I would like to say I didn’t choose Marquette, but Marquette chose me,” Martins says. 


Martins thanks Marquette, especially his professors and friends in the theology department, for their encouragement and support. “Also,” he adds, “a special thank you for those who are poor in our suffering world because I have learned from them the most precious things of life are solidarity, faith, hope and love.”






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