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Spring 2023

Center For Migration Studies: 2022 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference

Center of Migration Studies (CMS) initiatives focus sustained attention on priority populations and communities, drawing from the agency’s diverse areas of expertise, activities, communication tools and work product.

Since its inception in 2013, the CIII conference has sought to strengthen the individual and collective work of diverse Catholic institutions, programs, and ministries with immigrants and refugees. This year’s event will feature plenary presentations, workshops, and events on diverse topics including Catholic social teaching on migrants and refugees, international migration, racism, and much more.


"Memoir and History: Why Writing Your Life Isn't Personal" ​with Dr. Patricia Hampl

Tuesday, April 11th | 5:00pm | Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite BC

This discussion with Dr. Patricia Hampl, a well-known memoirist and Regents' Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota will delve into her latest work, The Art of the Wasted Day. Join us on Tuesday, April 11th at 5pm for this enriching discussion.


"The Short End of the Sonnenallee" with Thomas Brussig and Jonathan Franzen

Thursday, April 13th | Location TBA

Join us to discuss this classic German novel, appearing for the first time in English with author Thomas Brussig and translator Jonathan Franzen.


Big Questions at the Intersection of Bioscience and Religion

Friday, April 14th | 5:30-7:30pm | Marquette Hall, Room 100

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Marquette University and Viterbo University are co-hosting a seminar series, "Big Questions at the Intersection of Bioscience and Religion." This series is comprised of four interdisciplinary sessions, each focused on a specific question about the human being and modeling dialogue between bioscientific and religious perspectives. Our focus questions revolve around the questions of human origin, its essence, its fatedness, and its uniqueness. 

Our next upcoming session, to be hosted at Marquette on April 14th from 5:30-7:30pm, will focus on the question "What does it mean to be fully human from a theological and biological perspective?". Flyer coming soon with more information.


Fall 2022

Reception To Welcome Dr. Mariana Ortega

Friday, September 16th | 4:30-6:30pm | Haggerty Art Museum

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities (CfAH) is pleased to invite the Marquette community to welcome Dr. Mariana Ortega as the 2022-2023 AMUW Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies. Dr. Mariana Ortega, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University, will join the Marquette Department of Philosophy in August.

A reception to welcome Dr. Ortega will be held on Friday, September 16th from 4:30-6:30pm at the Haggerty Art Museum. Light refreshments will be served.


"The Future of Supreme Court Reform"-  A Public Lecture with Ganesh Sitaraman

Thursday, September 29th | 4:00pm | Lunda Room, AMU

Join us for a public lecture with Ganesh Sitaraman, New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law Director at the Vanderbilt Law School and 2022-23 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar on "The Future of Supreme Court Reform." The lecture will be followed by a light reception.

This event is co-sponsored by Marquette's Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Civic Dialogues Program, and the Departments of Political Science and Social and Cultural Sciences.


"Aural Unsettlement: Listening to the Sorrow of Migration in Misrach and Galindo’s Border Cantos" with Dr. Mariana Ortega

Friday, October 7th | 3:00-4:30pm | Marquette Hall 105

Dr. Mariana Ortega, the AMUW Women's Chair in Humanistics Studies, will present "Aural Unsettlement: Listening to the Sorrow of Migration in Misrach and Galindo’s Border Cantos" on Friday October 7, from 3:00-4:30pm in Marquette Hall 105. This event is open to the public.

Information about the Border Cantos is available here.Online participation via Teams is available here


The Future of Graduate Education at Marquette

Tuesday, October 25th | 3:00-4:30pm | Raynor Library's Beaumier Suite

Join us in welcoming Leonard Cassuto and Robert Weisbuch as keynote speakers for "The Future of Graduate Education at Marquette" to celebrate 100 years of graduate school at Marquette. This event will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 3:00-4:30 pm at Raynor Library's Beaumier Suite and a reception will follow from 4:30-5:30 pm. 

Find more information here


Public Lectures by Agusti Nieto-Galan

Agustí Nieto-Galan is Professor of History of Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), ICREA Acadèmia Fellow (2009 & 2018), and Director of the Institut d’Història de la Ciència (iHC) at the UAB. He is the author of Science in the Public Sphere: A History of Lay Knowledge and Expertise (Routledge, 2016), among numerous other publications. In the coming weeks, he will be giving two lectures on the Marquette campus:

(1) The Fasting Contest of Giovanni Succi and Stefano Merlatti in Paris, 1886 

Wednesday, October 26th | 4:30-5:30 pm | The Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University

The lecture analyzes the public fasts of two Italian “hunger artists,” Giovanni Succi and Stefano Merlatti, in Paris in 1886, and their ability to forego eating for a long period (thirty and fifty days respectively). Through the eyes of the French caricaturist Albert Robida, it discusses how contemporary witnesses described Succi and Merlatti as clever frauds, but others considered them to be interesting physiological anomalies. Controversies about their fasts entered academic circles, but they also spread throughout the urban public at different levels. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for more information!

(2) A Public Sphere for Science in Twentieth-Century Dictatorships

Thursday, October 27th | 4:30-5:30pm | Raynor Library, Beaumier Suites BC

This lecture revisits Jürgen Habermas’s definition of “public sphere” when applied to twentieth-century dictatorial regimes in which censorship, repression, and an emphatic social control of all areas of society seems particularly untenable. Did the popularization of science in dictatorships open spaces for debate that helped to create critical thinking about the regime? Or was it the other way around: did these spaces help to legitimize the regime and make it stronger? How can we reconcile our assumption of the daily press as a pool for critical reasoning, a promoter of a public sphere in liberal democracies, with its role as a controlled and censured tool for propaganda in dictatorships? Light refreshments will be served. Click here for more information!


Opening the Canon

Friday, October 28th | 9:00am-4:15pm | Eisenberg Reading Room | Register here

Opening the Canon, an interdisciplinary workshop organized by Dr. Micheal Cover and Dr. Sebastian Luft will be held on Friday October 28, 2022 in the Eisenberg Reading Room in Sensenbrenner Hall from 9:00am-4:15pm. The reception following will be held in Haggerty Museum of Art from 4:30-7pm.

More Information can be found here


The Dialogue Between King and Malcolm X

Thursday, November 3rd | 5:30pm | Marquette Hall Room 105 | Register Here

Please join us for an interfaith discussion being held on the dialogue between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X with Dr. Cedric Burrows on November 3rd at 5:30 pm in Marquette Hall Room 105. Light refreshments will be served.


Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation: A Story Exchange

Sunday, November 6th | 1:00-4:00pm | Alumni Memorial Union 157A | Register here

Campus Ministry and the Center of Advancement of the Humanities invite Marquette current students to participate in our Narrative 4 Story Exchange. Stories helps break and shatter down the stereotypes and helps in building community. Come join us for this story exchange event at the Alumni Memorial Union, Room 157A on Sunday, November 6th from 1:00-4:00pm. A dinner and discussion table will follow.

More Information can be found here!


"Two Bigamists in Tehuntpac" with Dr. Laura Matthew

Wednesday, November 30th | 4:00pm | Marquette Hall 105

This lecture, as a part of our fall 2022 Humanities Research Colloquium series, will feature Associate Professor of History, Dr. Laura Matthew. Join us to hear Dr. Matthew speak on Wednesday, November 30th at 4:00pm in Marquette Hall 105. Light snack will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Big Questions at the Intersection of Bioscience and Religion

Monday, December 5th | 5:30pm- 7:00pm | Medical College of Wisconsin | RSVP here

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Marquette University and Viterbo University are co-hosting a seminar series, "Big Questions at the Intersection of Bioscience and Religion." This series is comprised of four interdisciplinary sessions, each focused on a specific question about the human being and modeling dialogue between bioscientific and religious perspectives. Our focus questions revolve around the questions of human origin, its essence, its fatedness, and its uniqueness. The first session of the series will focus on the question, “What is human uniqueness?". 

Spring 2022

Discussion Series “COVID-19: Between Historical Inequalities and Future Challenges”    Funded by a Recovery Grant from the Wisconsin Humanities

Thursday, February 10th | 5:00 – 6:30pm via YouTube | InformationRegister Here

Thursday, March 3rd  | 5:00 – 6:30pm | via YouTube | InformationRegister Here

Thursday, April 26th | 12:00 – 2:00pm | via Youtube | Information | Register Here

Time and Place TBD


Just Universities: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Corporatized Universities                      A presentation by Gerald Beyer

Wednesday, May 4th | 6:00pm via Zoom | 

In his book Just Universities: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Corporatized Universities, Gerald Beyer argues that the principles and values of Catholic social teaching (CST) can and should be marshaled to promote greater parity and justice for women in the academy – even if CST has historically not devoted enough attention to women’s well-being and rights. Join us for our May 4th event, where Beyer will examine issues such as pay parity, women’s leadership roles, the so-called “baby penalty,” and the “chilly climate” that women continue to experience in the academy. He will devote specific attention to these problems at Catholic colleges and universities. 


Calibanías y Caribeñidades: Asedios a la imagen/ Calibans and Caribbeanisms: Troubling the Image/ Calibanismes et Antillanismes: Assiéger L’image

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Marquette University

April 28-30, 2022 | Information

We invite proposals for individual papers or panels in Spanish, English, or French. Graduate student submissions are encouraged. Panels will be composed of a maximum of 3 presenters. Presentations should be fifteen to seventeen (15-17) minutes long.

Please send an abstract of 250 words or less by electronic attachment (in Microsoft Word) to: caribbeanconference@marquette.edu. The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is: November 19th, 2021.



Research Symposium “Narrative Approaches to the Self: From Trauma to Healing”          Funded by a CfAH Research Collaboratives Grant – MU

Friday, April 29th | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Sensenbrenner 304 | Information | Register here


Metro Milwaukee SHRM Spring Conference 2022

Tuesday, April 26th | 7:00am-6:00pm | Brookfield Conference Center | Register here

Join us for a full day of Mindful Connections! Keynote speakers include Dr. Shelton J. Goode, CEO, Icarus Consulting and Milwaukee County Executive, David Crowley. 


Where to Begin: Marquette’s Fellowship Application Process

Tuesday, April 19th | 2:00-3:00pm via Microsoft Teams | Register here

Join us for an information session to learn about things to think about when applying for a fellowship.  We will be joined by Dr. Drew Kim (Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities), Dr. Ed Blumenthal (Associate Dean for Research, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences) and Dr. Gary Meyer (Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs).

We will discuss the following:

  • Preparing and presenting your ideas to your department chair and others.
  • An overview of the College of Arts and Sciences Fellowship Policy.
  • Prestigious Leave of Absence – what is it and how do I get it?

The webinar will be presented via Teams and those meeting details will be sent via email upon registration.  There will also be an opportunity to submit questions you may have about this topic ahead of time as part of your registration.


Showcasing the Humanities                                                                                                             

"Philosophy and State Violence" - Dr. Jessica Wolfendale 

Thursday, February 3 | 5:00pm Haggerty Museum of Art | Register Here

"Gluttony in Christian Theological Imagination" - Dr. Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent

Thursday, March 31 | 5:00pm Jewish Museum Milwaukee | Register Here

"The Innovative Spanish Enlightenment" -  Dr. Scott Dale

Thursday, April 7 | 5:00pm Haggerty Museum of Art | Register Here


Lessons from the 2021 HWW Grand Research Challenge Selection Process

Monday, April 4th | 11:30am-12:30pm | Via Zoom | Register Here

Humanities Without Walls (HWW) at Marquette are honored to host HWW Principal Investigator Antoinette Burton, alongside HWW Consultant on Ethical Methods and Reciprocal Community Partnerships, Jenny Davis, for a conversation about lessons learned from the selection cycle of HWW's 2021 Grand Research Challenge (GRC).

This talk is open to both Marquette Faculty and staff who are considering applying for a seed grant from Marquette for the 2022 GRC and those interested in applying to other competitive grants.

This event will be held on Zoom. A link will be emailed to attendees on the morning of the event.


Sensing God? Reconsidering the Patristic Tradition of “Spiritual Sensation” for Contemporary Theological Ethics                                                                                                                                53rd Annual Père Marquette Lecture In Theology

Sunday, April 3, 2022 | 2:00 pm | AMU 227 | Information

The Père Marquette Lecture was established in 1969 under the auspices of the Marquette University Department of Theology. The series was endowed by the children of Joseph A. Auchter (1894–1986), a Milwaukee banker, in honor of their father. In keeping with its history, the lectureship continues to recognize and honor theologians of international renown whose work has made an outstanding original contribution to the field. The lectures are published by the Marquette University Press.


“Graduate Student Future Week Breakfast”                                                                                  (CfAH Graduate Student Initiatives – MU) | Register here

Wednesday, March 30th at 8:30 – 10:30 am at the Beaumier Suit Raynor Memorial Library


Digital Scholarship Lab

March 24th 10:00 am 4:00 pm | Digital Scholarship Lab, Raynor Lower Level | Register here

Come to the Digital Scholarship Lab's open house at Raynor Memorial Libraries to discover what's new, learn from knowledgeable practitioner/scholars, and connect with Marquette colleagues who are engaged in digital scholarship.


CfAH Coffeehouse

Wednesday, March 9th | 5:00-7:00pm at the CfAH Office

For the upcoming CfAH Coffeehouse, we invite undergraduate students and faculty to gather in the CfAH office to discuss the war in Ukraine, through the lenses of history, literature, philosophy, language, and theology. We will unpack how we can understand what’s going on there, integrating art and architecture into the discussion. Influences such as social media responses can be considered. We can analyze Zelinsky’s amazing viral videos versus Putin’s picture at the long table of Emptiness. We are just getting together to talk about what is going on. Food and beverages will be provided.


Interdisciplinary Conference: Disability at the Intersection of History, Culture, Religion, Gender, and Health


Thursday, March 3rd | 8:30am - 7:00pm | Raynor Conference Center Beaumier Suite B/C

Friday, March 4th | 10:00am - 5:45pm | Microsoft Teams

This conference aims to encourage open discussion and better understanding to break down the stigma associated with disabilities.


Workshop “Themes from the Philosophy of Culture: Foreign Cultures, Subjectivity, Interculturality, Truth, and History"
Funded by a CfAH Research Collaboratives Grant – MU

Tuesday, February 22 | 9:00 – 6:00 pm | AMU Henke Lounge


Interfaith as Interdisciplinary: The Value of Learning about the Religious Other

Interfaith Dialogue and Community Engagement Amidst the Pandemic

Monday, February 21 | 5:00-6:30pm via Youtube | Register Here

This panel brings together community leaders, activists, faculty members, and students from various faith traditions to discuss the value of learning about the faith of others and how it may contribute to personal growth and community cohesion


“Are Rivers People Too?”

Furman University and Rice University – Center for Environmental Studies

Tuesday, February 8th | 5:00 pm via Zoom


Grad Futures Week
A week of online professional and career development workshops hosted by the Marquette Graduate School

January 11-14, 2022 | via Zoom | Sign up here

The Marquette Graduate Futures Initiative invites you to Grad Futures Week, a week of online professional career development workshops.

Each session is standalone. So please register for whichever sessions fit your schedule and your interests. Come for one or all four!

All sessions will be held on Zoom. An email with the link to the Zoom meeting room will be distributed at least 24 hours before the event begins.

Fall 2021

Soup With Substance: "The New American Charitable Saint: The Gilded Age Transformation of Philanthropy"
A Presentation by Margaret (Maggie) Nettesheim-Hoffman

Wednesday, December 8 | 12:00pm | AMU 163 or sign up here to join virtually

Margaret (Maggie) Nettesheim-Hoffmann, associate director of career diversity for the Humanities Without Walls consortium and a Ph.D. candidate in history, will talk about the historical transformation of philanthropy in the United States during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The presentation will explore some of philanthropy's notable moments during these periods including a linguistic shift in ways Americans used the term "philanthropy" to the development of legal philanthropic trust foundations.


Celebrate Community Engagement at Marquette                                                                            Thursday, December 2 and Monday, December 6 | 4:00pm on AMU 2nd Floor Rotunda

Drop in for food, Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms and dance! Learn from Beto Torrens, master percussionist and cultural educator from San Juan Puerto Rico.

Dance with Imani Jalil, master teacher in dance. Chat about Community Engaged Scholarship.


"Queering Nineteenth-Century Romantic Friendship: Mathilde Franziska Anneke and Mary Booth, 1859-1865"                                                                                                                                  A Presentation by Dr. Alison Efford

Thursday, December 2 | 4:00pm on Teams | Email cfah@marquette.edu for the Teams link

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities (CfAH) is delighted to announce the next speaker of the Humanities Research Colloquium, Associate Professor of History Dr. Alison Efford.

German American feminist Mathilde Franziska Anneke and Milwaukee abolitionist Mary Booth enjoyed an intense, cohabitating relationship from 1859 to 1865. Although Anneke and Booth’s romantic friendship was unique, it offers a window into a type of bond that found social sanction. In this talk, Dr. Efford discusses her collaboration with Dr. Viktorija Bilic (UWM) to translate and publish Anneke’s extraordinary letters. Dr. Efford argues for a queer interpretation of romantic friendship that resists the categories of lesbian or straight, sexual or platonic, and she suggests the lesson this form of relationship might hold for our own times.


Association of Marquette University Women: The Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture "Historicizing Obstetric Racism"
A Presentation by Dr. Dána-Ain Davis

Tuesday, November 30 | 6:00pm on Zoom | Register here

Join us as we hear from Dr. Dána-Ain Davis, professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as she explores the historical precedents of obstetric racism to think about the medically mediated crisis of Black women’s reproduction in the U.S. in her lecture “Historicizing Obstetric Racism."


"Listening to Stories of Hope and Resilience from Community Activists and Leaders"
Interfaith Dialogue and Community Engagement Amidst the Pandemic

Thursday, November 18  |  6:00-7:30pm on Teams  |  Register here

The Interfaith Dialogue on Social Justice initiative consists in a series of discussions which are open to the community. These series of discussions bring together community leaders, activists, and intellectuals from the Christian and Islamic traditions. The aim of these discussions is thus to learn from our shared social struggles as well as from the ways in which our traditions of faith can contribute to healing the Milwaukee community.


Investing in Ideas: The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities (CfAH) and Resources for the Grant Writing Process
Hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and presented by Dr. Andrew Kim

Tuesday, November 16 | 2:00-3:00pm on Teams | Register here

Join us for a workshop to learn more about Marquette University's Center for the Advancement of the Humanities (CfAH), directly from its new director himself, Dr. Andrew Kim. Dr. Kim will share an overview of the Center and how it can be a valuable tool in encouraging collaboration, developing your project, and preparing for a grant submission.


IMPACT Education Series: Ancient Christianity and the Digital Humanities
Hosted by Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute and presented by Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent

Friday, November 12 | 12:00-12:30pm, Online Event | Register here

Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent is an Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Syriac Patristics at Marquette University. She is the author of Missionary Stories and the Formation of the Syriac Churches, The History of Mar Behnam and Sarah: Martyrdom and Monasticism in Medieval Iraq (with Kyle Smith), and an associate editor of syriaca.org, a digital portal for Syriac studies. She is active in the field of the Digital Humanities and the Study of Early Christianity.


Bearing witness to unseen vivências in Bahia, Brazil

A presentation by Dr. Dána-Ain Davis

Tuesday, November 9 | 4:00pm via Zoom | Register here

IWL & the Association of Marquette University Women bring to you Reproductive Injustice; Bearing witness to unseen vivências in Bahia, Brazil. Dr. Dána-Ain Davis will be hosting this lecture by Dr. Nessette Falu on gender, gynecology, and race in Brazil.


"Speculative Justice: How Digital Surveilance is Used to Adjudicate the Future"
A Presentation by Dr. Anya Degenshein

Monday, November 1  |  4:00pm on Teams  |  Contact cfah@marquette.edu for the Teams link 

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities (CfAH) is delighted to announce the next speaker of the Humanities Research Colloquium, Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Sciences Dr. Anya Degenshein. 

A growing body of research sheds light on the social use and consequences of digital surveillance in crime “prevention.” Yet to date, no study has examined the social life of digital surveillance in the courts, which connect policing practices to punishment outcomes. Drawing on over 2,500 pages of trial transcripts for a counterterrorism sting that is a keystone case in the use of preventative, digital surveillance, Dr. Degenshein corrects this oversight, demonstrating how data obtained from digital surveillance is transmuted into legal fact, and in turn, punishment outcomes. By analyzing trial narratives, she uncovers the social and cultural meanings assigned to the digital in court and shows how these meanings are used to manipulate the temporal scope of criminality. She finds that digital evidence is used to speak both to past criminal propensity—what she terms criminal retrojection—and to specific, future criminal engagement, or criminal projection. Taken together, these processes expand the traditional temporal scope of crime and legitimate adjudication based on conjecture over unknown futures, a process she terms speculative justice. Only by examining the social life of digital surveillance as evidence of guilt—and innocence—in the courts can we begin to see the full, and sometimes contradictory, spectrum of meanings assigned to the digital in the criminal justice system, as well as the ends they are used to achieve. 


"Losing our (Moral) Self in the Moral Bioenhancement Debate" 
A Presentation by Dr. Fabrice Jotterand 

Monday, October 25  |  2:00-3:15pm  |  Beaumier Suites B/C, Lower Level, Raynor Library 

Dr. Fabrice Jotterand is a Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities and serves as Director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His present research focuses on the ethical and social implications of the potential use of neurotechnologies in psychiatry to alter brain functions to address so-called “moral pathologies” (antisocial, aggressive, and harmful behavior; psychopathic traits).

This event is co-sponsored by the CfAH and the Marquette Theology Department.


"Women and Intellectual Intelligence: A TEDx Talk"
A Presentation by Dr. Melissa Shew

Monday, October 18  |  4:00pm

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities (CfAH) is delighted to announce the Fall 2021 line-up of the Humanities Research Colloquium. Our first speaker will be Dr. Melissa Shew, Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

In this reprise of her Spring 2020 TEDx talk, Dr. Shew examines the problem of female disempowerment in the workplace. By considering the problem through a series of philosophical lenses, she proposes accessible solutions for all to practice and implement. Dr. Shew will also reflect on what she learned about presenting her research in this forum and offer tips for anyone interested in giving such a talk. She will connect these insights to what she calls "epistemic joy," which articulates her desire to give the talk in the middle of a pandemic in the first place.


Bridges or Barriers: Shared Figures in Islamic and Christian Traditions 
Interfaith Dialogue and Community Engagement Amidst the Pandemic

Thursday, September 23  |  5:00-6:30pm on Zoom  |  Register here

Join us for a conversation on the shared importance and significance of figures such as Jesus, Mary, Abraham, and Hagar in Islamic and Christian traditions. A panel discussion with: 
Dr. Irfan Omar, Associate Professor, Marquette University; Janan Najeeb, President, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition; Kaitlyn Daly, PhD Graduate Student, Duke University; Sameer Ali, Muslim Campus Minister, Marquette University; Rhonda Hill, Founder, Race and Faith; Dr. Andrew Kim, Director, Center for the Advancement of the Humanities; and moderated by: Pardeep S. Kaleka, Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee.

To check out an article from the Wisconsin Muslim Journal discussing this event, visit https://wisconsinmuslimjournal.org/muslim-christian-dialogue-deepens-understanding-of-shared-religious-figures/ 


Partner with MKE Film's Culture and Communities Festival 2021

MKE Film Festival invites Marquette Faculty to partner with a film. As partners, you are given complimentary tickets (and can purchase more in bulk for a discounted price) and you are expected to promote the film screenings and events. MKE Film has both in-person and virtual events and film screenings. In the past, faculty members have included films as part of their coursework. Also, various departments have planned conversations inspired by the films. There are a lot of creative ways to integrate film within your department. And it's something different. Contact Tyanna Clayton-Mallett if interested. 

Summer 2021

The Role of Interfaith Dialogue in Promoting Social Justice

August 5th, 2021

Humanities experts, religious leaders, and community members will highlight the transformative teachings and practices within Islam and Christianity while deepening the community’s understanding of how to examine and use faith and knowledge to promote the common good.


BeyondMU: Humanities in 3D: Learning Beyond the Classroom through Innovative Technology

WEDNESDAY JUNE 16, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT 

Hear how Marquette faculty are taking students beyond the classrooms with cutting edge digital resources that bring history, theology, languages and literatures, art and current events to life in new ways. Visual experiences often promote active learning, critical thinking, decision making and improved performance and allow students to feel more connected to the content. Digital tools are helping the college’s scholars reveal their subjects in new ways and during this program you will learn about the following projects:

  • Digital scholarship projects in Theology 1001 and Theology and the Visual Arts with Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, Director of Graduate Studies, Theology Department, Marquette University
  • Digital Scholarship Lab projects around the COVID-19 pandemic and events during campus protests about civil rights, racial justice and the Vietnam War with Dr. Jim Marten, Professor, History Department, Marquette University.
  • Immersive Experiences in Spain using VR Technology with Dr. Scott Dale, Associate Professor of Spanish, Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Marquette University.
  • A 3D reconstruction of the Prado Museum in Madrid according to a 1875 photograph, as well as digital exhibits and apps developed by students for an exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum "Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel" with Dr. Eugenia Afinoguénova, Professor and Chair Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Marquette University.
  • Virtual museum spaces, archeology, and how the MARVL Viz Lab technology can be used in learning, research, and industry with Chris Larkee, Technology Specialist, Visualization Laboratory, Marquette University.

Spring 2021

HWW & Center for the Advancement of the Humanities Seed Grant Info Sessions |  Thursday, April 22, 2021  |  4:30 PM – 5:30 PM 

An information session for Marquette University faculty interested in applying for a seed grant for the HWW Grand Research Challenge grant.

As the newest member of the Humanities Without Walls consortium, the PI team at Marquette University, along with the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are pleased to announce a seed grant opportunity for Marquette faculty interested in applying for the HWW Grand Research Challenge grants.

The GRC explicitly calls for proposals that prioritize reciprocal and redistributive collaborations with external partners, whether local/regional education institutions or community organizations.

Our aim with this information session is to help our faculty craft proposals that center on reciprocity and redistribution in accordance with the greater Grand Research Challenge Grants.


Coffee Chat with Rhiannon Giddens | Friday, April 23, 2021  |  10:00am - 11:00am  

Giddens, the North Carolina singer-songwriter and banjoist and founding member of the Grammy-winning group the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is helping to revive the African-American string band tradition and defying stereotypes of music genres. She plays multiple string instruments including the fiddle and the banjo, inspired by the history of black string bands.

A lover of country, folk, and bluegrass music, she is, according to Bluegrass Today, “dismantling the myth of a homogeneous Appalachia.” She is defying the long-held assumptions that American banjo, fiddle, even country music, was invented by and belong only to White people. Join us for some conversation, Q&A, and a little bit of music!

Our way of honoring the contributions of all cultures to the American music scene, the importance of correcting the history of narratives, and a way to say thank you to the hard work done by all at Marquette University this past year. More information to follow. Moderated by Diederich College of Communication Lecturer and the CTL’s very own Sheena Carey.

SPONSORED BY: Center for Teaching & Learning, Ralph Metcalfe Chair, Marquette University Black Alumni Association, and Center for the Advancement of the Humanities


Spring 2021 AMUW Boheim Lecture | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 7:00pm CDT | Virtual Lecture 

The Association of Marquette University Women proudly presents the Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture, "The Humanities in Extra/ordinary Times". Join us as we hear from historian Dr. Antoinette Burton, professor and Maybelle Leland Swanlund Endowed Chair, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as she rethinks humanities advocacy, drawing on her own biography, research and experience leading the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois and the Humanities Without Walls initiative.


2021 Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair Lecture: Tayari Jones  |  Wednesday, April 28  |  4:00pm  |  Virtual Lecture  

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities invites you to a virtual talk with Tayari Jones, the celebrated novelist and essayist best known for her New York Times best-selling novel An American Marriage.  In addition to writing, Ms. Jones is the Charles Howard Chandler Professor at Emory University and A.D. White Professor At Large at Cornell University. Ms. Jones will discuss her books, her life, and her career.

Tayari Jones, a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, has also earned fellowships from United States Artists, Guggenheim, NEA, Radcliffe Institute, and the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, Time , Tin House, and The Believer, among other places, and her two stories for Audible were part of the first slate of short fiction Audible Originals.

Jones is a member of Black Artists for Freedom. She is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa, and Arizona State University, and is currently a Charles Howard Chandler Professor at Emory University and A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University.

The Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential visiting scholar program of Marquette's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. 


51st Annual Pere Marquette Lecture in Theology |  Sunday, April 11, 2021  |  2:00pm - 3:30 pm  | Virtual from the United Kingdom

The Père Marquette Lecture in Theology will be held April 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Dr. Rowan Williams will present "Understanding and Misunderstanding 'Negative Theology'" at this virtual event. Dr. Williams is a Welsh Anglican bishop, theologian and poet. He was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury. 

The Père Marquette Lecture lecture was established in 1969 under the auspices
of the Marquette University Department of Theology. The series was endowed by the
children of Joseph A. Auchter (1894-1986), a Milwaukee banker, in honor of their father. In keeping with its history, the lectureship continues to recognize and honor theologians of international renown whose work has made an outstanding original contribution to the field. The lectures are published by the Marquette University Press. 


The Marquette Literature Community | Book Club | Sundays  |  7:00 p.m.  |  Zoom  

The Marquette Literature Community is launching our next book club on Sunday, February 21st. We will meet weekly on Sundays from 7-8:30 pm on Zoom for four weeks. Our next read is Rebecca Makkai's extraordinary, nationally acclaimed 2018 novel, The Great Believers. The author will come to one of our meetings. We are also gathering local experts to come and help us engage with different parts of the novel. 


World Premier Film Screening, Panel Discussion, and Q&A | Stolen Babies of Spain  |  Online  |  Monday, February 22

From forced sterilization and clandestine adoptions to uneven distribution of healthcare resources and all the way to “disappearance” of children from ICE facilities, reproductive violence takes many shapes and forms.

On February 22 this event shared the transatlantic fights for justice on behalf of children stolen from the maternity hospitals during Franco’s dictatorship (1939-1975) in Spain and even during Spain’s transition to democracy (1976-1982) and beyond, as we bring their stories and voices into the debate on reproductive violence.

4.00-5.00 pm: An interdisciplinary discussion panel featuring 

  • “Stolen” babies under the dictatorship in Argentina (Dr. Laura Matthew, History)
  • Children “stolen” from the ICE facilities (Uriel Lopez, MA Candidate, PoliSci)
  • Forced sterilization through time and space (the Indian Ocean, California, ICE) (Michael Turcios, Mitchem Fellow, LLAC and Comms and PhD Candidate, USC)
  • The case of Ireland (Dr. Tim McMahon, History)

5.00-7.15 pm: World premiere of Stolen Babies of Spain –Winner of Best Documentary Feature Film Award at: The American Golden Picture International Film Festival, Top Indie Film Award in Tokyo, NY Movie Awards, L.A. Indie Film Festival, Around International Film Festival  in Berlin, and Mabig Film festival in Augsburg, Germany. It also won Best Women’s Film at the Platonic Film Festival in Punjab, India, and is a finalist at the Golden Earth Film Awards in Hollywood. Directed by Greg Rabidoux and produced by Mara Lencina, 

7.15-8.00 pm: Q&A with Greg Rabidoux, director, and Mara Lencina, executive producer of the film,  coauthors of the book Stolen Babies of Spain (in English and Spanish) and Marquette alumni.

Organized by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Klinger College of Arts and Sciences) and the Diederich College of Communication. Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities


2021 Black Lens-Black History Month program l Coded Bias Screening l February 

The Center is proud to co-sponsor with MKE Film Festival a screening of Coded Bias.

Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her subsequent journey to push for the first-ever US legislation to govern against bias in artificial intelligence. The documentary aims to shine a light on the threat artificial intelligence poses to civil rights and democracy. This film was available for free viewing to Marquette students and educators through the month of February.


reLitMarquette  |  Friday, February 12  |  4:00 p.m. |  Teams  |  Dr. Tosin Gbogi 

Dr. Tosin Gbogi is a Marquette Professor of English whose interdisciplinary research and teaching sit at the intersection of African/African diaspora literatures, popular cultures, and discourse-oriented sociolinguistics. 

The Center for the Advancement of the Humanities is pleased to present LitMarquette, organized by Dr. Angela Sorby. LitMarquette sponsors readings that allow Marquette's many faculty and staff creative writers to build community with one another and with student writers.

After a brief pandemic-related diversion, LitMarquette is now ReLitMarquette! This modified series of readings will take place online. Creative writers and appreciative listeners (faculty, students, and staff) are invited to join.  A featured reader will present for the first 15 minutes, with an open mic to follow.  


Humanities Research Colloquium |  Monday, February 8 | 4:00 p.m. |  Teams  |  Advocacy Within Violence and Vulnerability |  Dr. Jesse Cheng  

Dr. Jesse Cheng, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will present “Advocacy Within Violence and Vulnerability.” The session will focus on the practical challenge of conducting advocacy/ethnography with members of precarious populations who may be hostile to engagement with fieldwork. Drawing from his experience as an anthropologically-trained criminal defense lawyer specializing on death penalty cases in the United States, Dr. Cheng seeks to (re)define the ethnographer’s expectations of what constitutes efficacy when working alongside bodies both violent and vulnerable. 

To register, email Dr. Melissa Ganzassociate professor of English.

Mission Week l Monday, February 8 l 6:30 p.m. l Ignation Peacemaking Lecture l Zoom
Bearers of Hope: Encounters of Love and Justice in a Broken World l Dr. Maria Teresa (MT) Davila

Maria Teresa (MT) Davila, visiting associate professor of practice at Merrimack College, is a scholar focusing on racial and migrant justice, public theology, and the ethics of the use of force. 

  • "Encounter" has been at the center of Pope Francis' papacy. His latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti presents the Good Samaritan as the story that most clearly demonstrates what it means to encounter others as full human beings. Who we are as people depends radically on our ability to bring hope and love to others as we work for a more just world. But how to do this in a seemingly broken world? The call to be bearers of hope to one another must be embodied in everyday practices of building communities across difference, attending to the suffering of others, and justice making. 

Mission Week l Tuesday, February 9 l 7:00 p.m. l Virtual l Forum event with Rev. Bryan Massingale, Metcalfe Chair, Professor and James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics

Professor Massingale is a leader in the field of theological ethics.  He is a past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and serves on the editorial board of "Theological Studies," one of the premier Catholic journals of theology.  He is a current member and past coordinator of the North American Regional Committee of the “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church” project.


Black History Month  |  Monday, February 1  |  6:00 p.m.  |  Virtual  |  Opening Keynote Speaker  |  Bobby Seale, Co-founder of the Black Panther Party  |  

Bobby Seale will be speaking virtually on February 1st, 2021 at 6pm. He is an activist and author who co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. During his keynote, he will be discussing the Black Panther Party in relation to Black Families and the cross-generational movement against racism. 

The Bobby Seale keynote is currently sponsored by the following departments: Marquette University Student Government, Marquette Forum, Black Student Council, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Engagement and Inclusion, Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach, Dept. of History, Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Dept. of Political Science,and Dept. of Social and Cultural Sciences.

Fall 2020


  • Center for the Advancement of the Humanities Fall Non-Credit Seminar l Das Kapital by Karl Marx Non-Credit Reading Seminar
    Hosted by Michael McCarthy and Michael WertBeginning mid September, the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities will host an online reading group devoted to Karl Marx's Das Kapital (Capital: Volume One). Now a century and a half old, Marx's analysis of capitalism remains relevant to this day. For those interested in capitalism, theory, philosophy, activism, and for those who are interested in reading a book that is often discussed but rarely read in its entirety. The group is open to faculty, staff, and students from any college or department. Times and dates will be determined by those who participate. If interested, or for more information, contact Michael Wert in the history department at michael.wert@marquette.edu
  • Humanities Research Colloquium l Thursday, September 17 l 5:00 p.m.
    Dr. Michael Zimmer, Department of Computer Science, is the invited speaker at this Humanities Research Colloquium. More information found here.


  • The Value of the Arts and Humanities l Tuesday, October 6 l 1:00-2:15 p.m.
    A Discussion with Susan R. Wolf.  Join us for an informal discussion about this vital and timely topic. Email cfah@marquette.edu for meeting link.
  • Meaningfulness: A Third Dimension of the Good Life l Tuesday, October 6 l 4:00-5:15 p.m.
    In thinking about what we want for ourselves and for those about whom we care, we tend to think in terms of the categories of self-interest and morality. We want, in other words, to be both happy and good. These categories, however, leave something out: an interest that our lives be meaningful. This lecture will propose an analysis of meaningfulness in terms of subjective engagement with objective values. Understanding meaningfulness this way brings together the attractive elements of other more popular ways of thinking about the concept and makes intelligible why we should care deeply about having meaning in our lives. Email cfah@marquette.edu for meeting link.
  • "In the Belly of the Earth: On Place and Displacement in Modern Nigerian Poetry" l Wednesday, October 7 l 4:00 p.m.
    Dr. Tosin Gbogi, Department of English, is the invited speaker at this Humanities Research Colloquium. More information found here.
  • Black Womxn Organizing for Justice: Then & Now l Thursday, October 8 l 5:00 p.m.
    Learn from Historian, Dr. Nishani Frazier, and Milwaukee activist, Dynasty Ceasar, about the ways Black womxn have and continue to organize for justice and freedom. Local communications leader, Vivian King, will moderate a discussion connecting the panel’s remarks to the current Movement for Black Lives. 
  • 2020 Milwaukee Film Festival l October 15-29
    Since the Film Festival cannot be held in a physical space, MFF2020 will be adapted for your screen at home. To make plans for your virtual visit, check out the Festival's site.
  • Haggerty Museum of Art DNA: Collection of Highlights l through December 20, 2020
    The Haggerty Museum of Art’s institutional genetic code is formed by a collection of over 6,000 works of art created from the Renaissance period to the present. Marquette University began to acquire works of art shortly after it was founded in 1881. These early collecting efforts laid the foundation for what would become, over a century later, the collection of the Haggerty Museum of Art. This exhibition presents a selection of the Haggerty’s most celebrated works of art. Click to visit.


  • "The Hoplite Enigma: Ancient Persian War Strategy and Its Failures" l Thursday, November 12 l 4:00 p.m.
    Dr. Jenn Finn, Department of History, is the invited speaker at this Humanities Research Colloquium. More information found here.