Marquette hosts symposium "El Salvador: The Legacy of Conflict through an Interdisciplinary Lens" on Oct. 24

In remembrance of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the martyrs of the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador, Marquette is hosting a symposium titled, “El Salvador: The Legacy of Conflict through an Interdisciplinary Lens.” The event will be held on Friday, October 24 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Marquette Law School Eckstein Hall, Rm 433. It is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public.

Dr. Michael Allison, associate professor of political science at the University of Scranton and expert on the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) in El Salvador, will open the symposium with a keynote presentation. The rest of the day will look at the legacy of conflict in El Salvador from the perspectives of literature and culture, theology, political science and immigration through sessions led by Marquette faculty members and guest presenters. The sessions include:

  • 10 a.m. - Literature and Culture: Pushing Boundaries
  • 11 a.m. – Martyrs of the UCA: Theological Insights 25 Years Later
  • 12:15 p.m. – Global Discussion Series: What’s Next for El Salvador?
  • 1:30 p.m. – Immigration and Migration: Struggles and Strengths – Stories of the Journey North

The afternoon will conclude with a symposium talk back and reception. Pupusas, a traditional Salvadoran dish made of handmade corn tortilla and fillings, will be served. The full schedule of sessions and presenters is available online. An RSVP is required for the lunch session only. RSVP for the lunch session by Oct. 21 to The symposium is sponsored by the Klingler College of Arts & Sciences, College of Nursing, Office of International Education and Raynor Memorial Libraries.


International summer short-term program proposals due November 1st

Faculty, staff, students or student organizations interested in coordinating or leading a summer 2015 international study, service or international travel program must submit a detailed proposal for review by November 1 in order to comply with the University Policies and Procedures: UPP 1-18: Policy on Marquette University Sponsored International Travel. Likewise, established programs that wish to run again in 2015 must submit the Established International Program Continuation Form to OIE by November 1. Proposal templates are available on the Office of International Education website.
In addition, all programs must follow each of the post-approval requirements as delineated in UPP 1-18 including the student application process, required forms, medical/emergency issues, pre-departure preparation and post-program or re-entry reflection. Please visit the OIE website for additional information.



OIE seeks faculty members to serve as academic director on the South Africa Service Learning program

Marquette faculty members are invited to spend their sabbatical conducting research and engaging with students as an academic director on the South Africa Service Learning program in Cape Town, South Africa. OIE is currently recruiting faculty members for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. Click here to view the full position description. If you are interested, please submit your CV and letter of intent to Terence Miller.



Ambassador McNamara to address United States strategy and international conflicts Oct. 28

On Oct. 28, Marquette welcomes Ambassador Thomas McNamara to campus. Ambassador McNamara will be giving a lecture on United States strategy and current conflicts internationally. He will discuss the challenges facing the United States and the world today. McNamara is a career diplomat who has served eight presidents over the past four decades. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Ambassador McNamara was asked to return to government service as the Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Department of State until 2004. McNamara is currently an adjunct professor at The Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and Manhattan College. The lecture will be from 5- 7 p.m. in the Lunda Room located in the Alumni Memorial Union. All are welcome to attend.  



International Friendship Program launched earlier this month

The annual International Friendship Program started earlier this month with enthusiastic participation from both students and local volunteers. Every year, OIE asks members of the local community to volunteer as a “Community Friend” to a new international student on campus. This program aims to show international students life outside of Marquette’s campus. Students who choose to participate are paired up with a member of the community and keep in contact with them throughout the year. Partners attend local events together, enjoy family dinners, attend sporting events, celebrate U.S. holidays and more.

This year, 38 local community members are serving as volunteers and have been matched with 45 graduate and undergraduate students. The kick-off event consisted of great conversation and some friendly competition with a game of international trivia. Applications for this program are now closed, but if faculty or staff members are interested in volunteering to serve as a community friend for next year, please contact Erin LeMoine.



Global Correspondents share their study abroad experience on the Marquette Global Tumblr blog

Last year, Marquette Global launched a new blog following 10 study abroad students, who acted as global correspondents sharing their experiences overseas with the university. This year the Office of International Education welcomes 10 new global correspondents for the fall 2014 semester. These students are studying abroad all over the world including Australia, El Salvador, France, Italy, Ireland, the Philippines, Spain and South Africa. Each month, the global correspondents post to Marquette Global’s Tumblr page. This collection of experiences will greatly assist students who are interested in studying abroad gain a deeper understanding of Marquette’s study abroad programs.

OIE will be looking for new global correspondents to write for the blog during the spring semester. Study abroad students - keep an eye out for an application to participate via email. Check out what the current GC’s are currently up to here.



Marquette Journal features study abroad student's photographic adventures

Danny AlfonzoMarquette Journal’s October e-edition features an article on study abroad student Daniel Alfonzo’s photographic reflections of his experiences studying overseas. Author A. Martina Ibanez-Baldor writes, “Some people express themselves through writing, others through visual media, like photography.” Alfonzo posted photos to his Tumblr blog throughout his semester in Spain. Learn more about his experiences and view the best of his photos in Marquette Journal.



Finding Internships in International Development

The Peace and Collaborative Development Network has put together their top 10 suggestions and resources for finding internships in international development and conflict resolution. Author Craig Zelizer encourages students to start with a strong resume and to read key career resources such as the ACT Report’s Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, among others. He also includes a list of key online job lists that send daily or weekly updates. In addition, Zelizer recommends that students join professional networks in the field to make new contacts and learn about relevant job and internship opportunities. View direct links to a wide variety of resources in the field and additional suggestions in Zelizer’s article on the PCDN blog.





CalendarFrom excursions to the Milwaukee Art Museum to holiday celebrations, the Office of International Education offers a wide variety of programming open to all Marquette students. Check our events calendar for an up-to-date schedule of events.



Lecture: Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. – Liberata Mulamula
Thursday, October 23
10 a.m.
Weasler Auditorium

The Graduate School and the Social Innovation Initiative will be hosting Liberata Mulamula in the Weasler Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 23. The Ambassador’s talk will focus on international business opportunities between the United States and Tanzania. She will also touch on the environmental needs in Tanzania, engineering issues, the need for clean water and the role of partnerships in her country’s development.


El Salvador: The Legacy of Conflict through an
Interdisciplinary Lens

Friday, Oct. 24
Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall, Rm 433

Discuss El Salvador’s legacy of conflict through an interdisciplinary lens. Sessions will look at conflict from the perspectives of literature and culture, theology, immigration and migration. Event is sponsored by the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, Office of International Education and Raynor Memorial Libraries. View the complete agenda online.


Working in the US: What you need to know
Friday, October 24
3– 4:30 p.m.
Cudahy 001

Calling all international students. Are you thinking about an internship or permanent job in the US? Are you wondering what you need to do to get a job or what options are available to you? This informative session will provide all the information to get you started. This session will include a special focus on non-Business related careers (including teaching/research for graduate students), but all students are welcome. 


Apple Holler Trip
Friday, October 24
5 – 9 pm
Leave from AMU 2nd floor (near Info Desk)

Experience a traditional hay ride and campfire! Advanced registration (and $7 admission) is required. Friends and family members are all welcome!  Transportation and snacks will be provided by Global Village, the College of Business Administration and OIE. Registration required, please email by Tuesday, Oct. 21.



Preparing for Winter
Monday, October 27
6:30-7:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Are you worried about "surviving" the Wisconsin winter? Have friends been telling you stories about how cold it will become over the next few months? Learn the facts about winter, including how to know what the weather will be, dress appropriately, stay healthy and experience the fun activities unique to winter climates.


United States Strategy and Current Crises: Thinking about International Challenges
Tuesday, October 28
5-7 p.m.
Lunda Room

Thomas E. McNamara, adjunct lecturer at George Washington University, has long served in critical roles for the U.S. Government. His career has included service as Assistant Secretary of State, Special Negotiator for Panama, Ambassador-at-Large for Counter Terrorism, Special Assistant to the President for National Security, Ambassador to Colombia, NSC Director, and other senior positions. From 1998 to 2001 Ambassador McNamara was President and CEO of the Americas Society and of the Council of the Americas; two non-profit organizations dedicated to educating the American public on the politics, economics, and cultures of the Western Hemisphere. In 2001, Ambassador McNamara was asked to return to the Department of State following the terrorist attacks of September 11th to assume the duties of Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary.


Halloween Spooktacular
Thursday, October 30
6 - 8 pm
AMU 163

Join OIE staff and MU students for an evening of creativity and fun: learn to carve a pumpkin while decorating cupcakes and enjoying candy traditional for this favorite American holiday. Come in costume; prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Bring your friends and classmates for this fun, traditional event! All are welcome.


Morning of Reflection with Thomas Kelly Ph.D.
Saturday, Nov 1
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chapel of the Holy Family in AMU

Morning reflection with Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Creighton University, author of "When the Gospel Grows Feet: Rutilio Grande, SJ, and the Church of El Salvador; An Ecclesiology in Context."


A Faith that Does Justice
Monday, Nov. 3
4 - 5:15 p.m.
Raynor Library Beaumier Suite

Dr. Thomas Kelly of Creighton University will present on Rutilio Grande, S.J., one of the University of Central America martyrs. The event will explore how Grande's life influenced the future of El Salvador and challenges us to consider what it means to live our faith in service to the poor and vulnerable. Kelly is the author of "When the Gospel Grows Feet: Rutilio Grande, SJ, and the Church of El Salvador". This event is the Center for Peacemaking's inaugural Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture.


Scholarships & Conferences

Check out our scholarships and conferences webpage dedicated to keeping up-to-date listings of scholarships, fellowships and academic conference opportunities available to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff. Click on the links below for details and the complete listing.

Fellowships and Scholarships
- Teach and Learn in Korea Government-sponsored scholarship
- UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Fellowships
- Scholarships to attend: 2015 Summer Field School for Social and Cultural Anthropology




Jared Engel in New Zealand
Jared Engel, ARSC '17
Mathematics Major
New Zealand, Spring '14

At Marquette University, students are offered the opportunity to experience the world through study abroad programs. Jared Engel, a junior from Oregon Wis., had the opportunity of a lifetime to intern abroad in New Zealand last spring. Engel came home with a new perspective – always ask yourself “why not?”

How did you get connected with an internship?
My going to New Zealand and ultimate internship in the city of Christchurch was made possible by the organization GlobaLinks Learning Abroad. GlobaLinks was built to send students abroad and specializes in finding internships in whichever field a student wishes to explore. I expressed my interest in Mathematics and was offered an internship with The Institute of Environmental Science and Research. The prospect of interning with an environmental research organization was alluring and I eagerly accepted. Six weeks later I was on an airplane bounded for New Zealand.    

What kinds of responsibilities did you have at your internship?
Working directly with my supervisor Dr. Liping Pang, I worked to develop methods for extracting viruses from groundwater in hopes of providing healthier drinking water for domestic and international communities. With my mathematics background, I spent much of my time playing with optimization software trying to maximize virus extraction. I also did a fair bit of graphical work (lots and lots of graphs) and curve fitting with the data that we had.

As we finished a proposal for a new technique that Dr. Pang had developed, my responsibilities shifted towards that of a research assistant. As my time at ESR drew to an end, I found myself doing quite a bit more literature research and source analysis.  As such, for an internship lasting only 10 weeks, I realized just how much additional responsibility I was given in comparison to what I was told back in March. It was a pleasant surprise and made my time in New Zealand all the more invaluable.          

How do you feel your internship added value to your overall study abroad experience?
My internship provided me a less traditional experience of being abroad and allowed me to develop skills I otherwise would have not gotten without being in a working environment. I believe my time with ESR will make my resume stand out a bit more and I think my growth in character from the independence of being alone in Christchurch will heighten my prospective career opportunities come post-graduation.    

What advice would you give someone looking to study abroad and work?
The world is not a small place. Don’t fool yourself into thinking it. Don’t limit yourself to just an option or two, but take a look at a map and say, “why not?”. You have to allow yourself to change and to adapt. You have to be willing to take control and let your character grow and develop. Of the twenty-eight people in my orientation group, I was the only person interning in Christchurch. I was alone. And that was okay. In fact, I loved it. Self-reliance and independence are beautiful things and you’ll learn those while abroad.

Also, I’m studying Mathematics and I went abroad to do that. Who would’ve thought? Quite honestly, regardless of what you are studying, you are not limited to the classroom and strict guidelines. Go abroad, make it work, and reap the benefits. They will be plenty. The world is a beautiful place and the unlearned infinite and sometimes it takes getting lost on a mountain with naught but a couple thousand sheep for company to realize it.     



Office of International Education
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
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