Pope declares Archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr

Oscar RomeroOn February 3, Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980 assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero in a San Salvador hospital chapel as he celebrated Mass. The decree acknowledges that Archbishop Romero was killed "in hatred of the faith" and not for political reasons alone making him eligible for beatification, the first step before sainthood. As a martyr, Archbishop Romero can move to the beatification stage without a miracle attributed to him; however, a miracle will be required for canonization.

Archbishop Romero's sainthood was first discussed in 1993,but it remained a point of contention since he was one of the main proponents of Liberation Theology – an interpretation of Catholic faith from the perspective of the economically poor, which first emerged in Latin America in the 1970s. The ideology seeks liberation not only from sin, but also from social, economic and political oppression. Despite any Vatican indecision on his sainthood, Archbishop Romero has been recognized as a Saint to the El Salvadorian people due to his authentic commitment to peace and justice on behalf of the economically poor.



Marquette joins Council for European Studies

Marquette recently joined the Council for European Studies, which is an organization that promotes research on Europe and the European Union. The Council awards dozens of fellowships, grants and prizes to researchers as well as publishes fascinating research guides for the public. The organization is particularly committed to supporting research that can play a critical role in both understanding and applying the lessons of European history and integration to contemporary problems, including those in the areas of global security, prosperity, environmental stewardship and democracy.  

By joining this group, Marquette faculty and students will have the opportunity to be eligible for the many fellowships and grant programs that the Council offers.  Learn more about the organization on their website.



Marquette history faculty funded for international research

Every year Marquette encourages it’s faculty to extend their teachings beyond the classroom by conducting and publishing their own research projects. This year, the Committee on Research selected three MU historians who have proposed research that will take them to Germany, Italy and Cuba. The first award went to Peter Staudenmier, a professor of modern German history for his project on the “unlikely entanglement between environmental ideals and fascist politics.” Lezlie Knox, director of graduate studies in the history department received an award for her proposed project of a biographical study of Fra Mariano of Florence. Knox plans to use her award to travel to Italy to read the Friars autograph manuscripts which are housed in Florence. Lastly, Michael Donoghue, associate professor in Marquette’s history department received an award for his proposed project “Race, Identity and Gender in the U.S. Military Cuban Relations 1941-1964."

More information about the Committee of Research can be found on its website. To read descriptions of the winning projects, visit the Marquette Historians blog here.  



Reminder - Host a table at International Day

international dayAs a reminder, the Office of International Education invites all international students, cultural student organizations and study abroad alumni to host a table at the 31st annual International Day, from 10 am to 2 pm on Friday, February 27. Note the new date!


International Day is held in the AMU every spring to celebrate diversity in the Marquette community, which includes over 700 students from 67 countries and a wide variety of cultural groups. With the help of student volunteers, the union comes alive with the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of many countries and cultures. Student organizations and students from the same country set up booths introducing traditional activities, offering food samples, displaying arts and crafts, modeling traditional fashion, and playing music to be enjoyed by hundreds of visitors.


One does not need to be a recognized group to participate; a few students from the same country (or region) can host a table. To participate, please email Susan Whipple or stop by the Office of International Education (Holthusen 4th Floor) to obtain an application. Applications are due by February 16. Late applications will be accommodated as space permits; requests for space and equipment will be filled in the order the applications are received.



Times Higher Education names the 100 most international universities in the world

Times Higher Education recently released its ranking of the top 100 most international universities based on 13 performance indicators such as percentage of international staff, international student numbers and the number of research papers published with a co-author from another country. Only two U.S. universities made the cut. However, several of Marquette’s partner institutions made the list, including National University of Ireland-Galway, University College Dublin, Monash University and Kings College London. See the full list online.



Researcher finds that people behave in a more logical manner when speaking a foreign language


Spanish researcher and psychologist Albert Costa conducted a study where he asked 700 students a morally conflicting question to determine their rational logical. The first time the students were asked to respond in their native language and the second they responded in English. The team discovered that people behave in a less emotional, more logical and utilitarian manner when operating in a foreign tongue. Costa claims that the context in which people learn languages shapes how they use them. A native language is learned at home among family and friends causing it to have a more emotional foundation where as a foreign language learned at school is more structured. As students study the foreign language more in depth, the answers can tend to become more emotionally driven through a better understanding of new words and how they are used in English language.

Read more about Albert Costa’s study other psychological research here.



International experiences offer counseling students new perspectives

Graduate mental health programs in the United States are increasingly discovering the benefits in offering their students international experiences, including courses at partner universities and service learning. Those who lead international programs in mental health emphasize the critical importance of pre-departure preparation. According to an article by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, professor Nataka Moore at Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago teaches students about the importance of entering foreign communities with respect, being aware of how they are perceived, and mindful of the consequences of their actions. These programs have become increasingly popular, and universities around the country are joining the conversation about international mental health studies.

Study abroad programs give students the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and learn how to adapt quickly to an unfamiliar situation. In addition, experiences with the other helps students better understand the mindsets of different people from different cultures, making them more aware of their immediate surroundings. The article published by NAFSA gives several examples of experts sharing the importance of these programs including a story from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. More information about these programs and how to they are beneficial to students can be found here.  






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.



Study Abroad 101

February 6, 13, 20, 27 (every Friday)
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

All students (except business majors) interested in studying abroad are first asked to attend a Study Abroad 101 Session. These sessions are designed for students at the very beginning stages of the study abroad process and are led by OIE study abroad coordinators. Topics include selecting a study abroad program, academic planning, application procedures, finances and scholarships. No registration necessary.



Mardi Gras Event

February 17
6-8 p.m.

Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Enjoy traditional foods associated with Mardi Gras in the U.S. including King Cake and paczkis (donuts). You can also make a mask and learn how Mardi Gras is celebrated in other countries.




Ice Skating at Red Arrow Park

February 27
4 – 6 p.m.

Red Arrow Park

Take a break from your studies and enjoy ice skating with fellow students. Skates can be rent at Red Arrow Park and there is a Starbucks right next to the rink, where you can take a break and have a warm drink. Definitely dress for the weather!






International Day - note new date!

Friday, February 27

10 - 2 p.m.


Celebrate the many cultures at Marquette University and share your own at this annual event. Student organizations and individuals reserve tables in the union sharing their cultural traditions, favorite foods, language and more to showcase the cultures represented by Marquette. All cultures and countries are encouraged to participate.





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Visit 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.







Dr. Richard Taylor
Professor of Philosophy
Marquette University

Dr. Richard Taylor, professor of philosophy at Marquette University, continues to push educational boundaries through experiments in creating collaborative online international learning environments. Over the past four years, Dr. Taylor has partnered with Dr. Andrea Robiglio, professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), to bring Marquette graduate students together alongside students in Leuven, Belgium to study “Aquinas and the Arabic Philosophical Tradition on ‘creation’.”

Taylor met Robiglio while he was at KU Leuven on a teaching and research fellowship in the philosophy department during the 2010-11 academic year. The two launched their first collaborative course in fall 2011. The course had 9 graduate students at Marquette and 22 graduate students in Leuven.

The class marries online interactions, self-directed study and ‘in-person’ discussions using the latest technology. Both faculty members prepared readings and pre-recorded video lectures that students viewed prior to class. Student teams would then prepare summaries and facilitate live discussions using a Skype-like platform.

Overall, students really enjoyed the course structure. One Leuven masters student explained in a department newsletter, “Getting to hear the viewpoints of two accomplished academics in the field of medieval philosophy was of incredible worth.” Taylor believes that it is through the distinct philosophical perspectives of multiple professors that students are able to gain a deeper understanding of the material.

Since the initial global collaboration, Taylor has continued to utilize technology to bring philosophers and students from around the world together in a digital space. In fall 2012, Robiglio and Taylor joined forces again with the addition of a faculty member from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City to offer a new course titled “Thomas Aquinas: Soul & Intellect.” Next year, Taylor will be teaching a course on Medieval Islamic Philosophy remotely as a visiting professor at KU Leuven. In addition, Taylor will be hosting an international online graduate student workshop on Aquinas and the Arabs.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: Located in the heart of Western Europe in Belgium, KU Leuven is the oldest Catholic university in the world. Today it is an internationally renowned university ranked among the top ten European universities in scholarly output. KU Leuven has long been involved in the Erasmus student exchange program and also offers international academic programs taught in English in the fields of theology and philosophy among others.




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