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Past Soup with Substance Events

Spring 2013 Events:

Casa Bayanihan Manila Spring Break Immersion

Wednesday, April 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Eight Burke Scholars will present on their Spring Break immersion experience in the Philippines. The students visited Casa Bayanihan, the University of San Francisco's semester-long service and immersion learning program in Manila. Their discussion will highlight how the preparation process, their visits to praxis sites, an overnight stay in a fishing village beyond Manila, and discussions at the Ateneo de Manila Jesuit University impacted their life and education.

The students immersion experience was arranged and facilitated by the co-director of teh Burke Scholars program: Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, Associate Vice President in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Dr. Stephanie Quade, Dean of Students.

This Soup with Substance is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Major in Peace Studies.

Empathy in a Conflicting Society

Wednesday, April 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Dr. Michalinos Zembylas will explore, using examples from the response of Greek Cypriot school children to Turkish Cypriots:

  • What enables a student to imagine well and acurately the emotional perspective of another individual, especially someone from an "enemy" community?
  • Is it "appropriate" to teach children about/for empathy at the elementary school level, particularly when a conflict is still unresolved?
  • How does the political, cultural, and educational context shape the process of teaching about-for empathy at schools in a conflicting society?
  • Does a student who gets to "know about" the "enemy's" life experience necessarily empathize with the "other"?

Passionate about education and peacemaking, Dr. Michalinos Zembylas has written five books on the way different emotions and politics intersect with social justice pedagogies and peace education. Recently, he has studied the ambivalence of forgiveness in contexts of seemingly intractable conflict. During his career, he has worked with peace educators in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and South Africa.

This week's Soup is sponsered by the Center for Peacemaking, the College of Education and the Office of International Education.

Kino Border Initiative (KBI)

Wednesday, March 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora Mexico. The KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Hermosillo. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:

  • Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants;
  • Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border;
  • Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.

Dr. Ruth Belknap is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Marquette University. She spent part of her 2012 sabbatical semester working at the Kino Border Initiative. She will talk about her experiences and work at at Kino during this time.

Serve 2 Unite

Wednesday, March 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

This week's Soup will discuss challenges in uniting communities and the role of non-profit organizations. What roles do we play in working to better our comunities as a team/community? What are the challenges we face in trying to unite a community while upholding social justice? Join us as we try to resolve important issues that troube our society, perhaps now more than ever.

Serve 2 Unite is a non-profit that serves to join people of diverse backgrounds to do community service in various forms, to learn more about each other and to build stronger, more peaceful communities.

Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka is an active member in the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, where he lost his uncle and friends in the tragic shooting at the temple on August 5, 2012. After the tragedy, members of the community (includeing Kanwardeep) founded Serve 2 Unite. Kanwardeep is also an M.D./Ph.D. student at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

This soup is sponsored by the Office of International Education.

Beyond the Classroom-How My Marquette Education Shaped My Peacemaking Experience in Afghanistan

Wednesday, February 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Chris Jeske, Bus Ad '11, will share stories that link together formative moments of his education at Marquette with transformative experiences on a recept trip to Kabul, Afghanistan with the Afghan Peace Volunteers. This presentative will look at who owns history, seeing innate human goodness in others, and using community to transform violence.

Chris is now the Program Associate at the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking and works closely with students interested in promoting peace and entering peacemaking careers.

Police Brutality & Reform

Wednesday, February 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

George Paz Martin challenges us to consider how we can talk about torture at Abu Gharib and not talk about policy brutality right here at home. Having been to Iraq and lived in Milwaukee, he notes that there are too many similarities. He will discuss his work for a broad federal investigation of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) and institutional change.

As George writes, "This is not only about Derek Williams, hundreds of thousands have viewed his suffocating death in the back of a squad car on YouTube. This is about the MPD's 'policies and practices' that over my life time have allowed civil and human rights injustices to our African American community."

George Paz Martin left Marquette in 1967 to work in Milwaukee's black community. A former Program Director of Peace Action Wisconsin, National Co-Chair of United for Peace & Justice and Fellow of the Marquette Center for Peacemaking, he currently serves on the Boards/Steering Committees of National Peace Action Education Fund, Liberty Tree Foundation, US Peace Council and US Social Forum. Martin has been honored with the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice's Life Time Activist Award, with the Peace & Justice Studies Association's Social Courage Award and as a chief in Ghana with the name "Nii Adjetey."

Mission Week Opus Prize Co-Recipient Rev. John Halligan, S.J.

Wednesday, February 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU Ballroom A/B

Father Halligan will speak about his decades-long innovative efforts to help struggling families through the Working Boys' Center in Quito, Ecuador.

Since inviting a group of shoeshine boys to join him for lunch in the attic of a church in 1964, Rev. John Halligan, S.J., has worked to develop a comprehensive approach to lifting families up and out of poverty in Quito, Ecuador. He recruited Sisters Miguel Conway and Cindy Sullivan to join in the ministry, which provides food, shelter, health care and social services to entire families living on site at the Working Boys’ Center. Children attend school, and teenagers and adults are trained to become some of Quito’s most competent welders, furniture makers, bakers, mechanics and beauticians. Every family is required to save toward the purchase of a plot of land and help other families build their homes. The center has helped 6,000 families become self-sufficient and hosts thousands of volunteers each year who share in a faith and service experience with Father Halligan and his staff.

Registration for this free event is required and visit Marquette Mission Week to see all the other opportunities available.

No Justice, No Pizza! The Boycott of Palermo Villa, Co.

Wednesday, January 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Jorge Maya and Sean Orr, Student Presidents of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) at UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University, will lead a discussion about the Palermo Pizza strike and boycott.

Since June 1, 2012 dozens of workers at Palermo Villa have been on strike after being fired for trying to form a union. The workers were paid below-living wages, denied sick days and received insufficient training that led to cases of workplace injuries.

On July 29, 2012 Voces de la Frontera and other allied organizations announced the beginning of a Palermo's Boycott Campaign. Their goal: to put pressure on Palermo Villa to reinstate the fired workers and response to workers' demands. Since then, the boycott effort has been adopted by students across the Midwest at campuses where Palermo's pizza is sold. At UW-Milwaukee, student activists have encouraged their administration to pull Palermo's pizza from the shelves of the school food courts. Their campaign has gained momentum and can be used as an example for students at other campuses looking to organize around this issue.

MLK Days of Engagement

Wednesday, January 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Margaret (Peggy) Rozga, Professor Emeritus and Civil Rights Author, will share her experience working for civil righs in Milwaukee and will also share excerpts from her books and publications on social justice activism.

She is the wife of civil rights leader Father James Groppi, whom she first met when he drove a group of Milwaukee students to Alabama to work in a 1965 voter registration campaign organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

As a member of the 1967-68 Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council, Margaret (Peggy) Rozga participated in the successful campaign to secure passage of federal and local fair housing legislation. Her play, March On Milwaukee, presents in dramatic form the story of Milwaukee’s fair housing marches. It has seen four full productions and three concert readings. Her book about the fair housing campaign, Two Hundred Nights and One Day, was awarded a bronze medal in poetry in the 2009 Independent Publishers Book Awards and named an outstanding achievement in poetry for 2009 by the Wisconsin Library Association. As a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Waukesha, she taught creative writing and multi-cultural literature courses. She served for five years as the advisor to UW Waukesha Students for Peace.

MLK Days of Engagementis a series of events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, contact Intercultural Engagement in the Office of Student Development at intercultural@marquette.edu.

Migration is Natural, Deportation is Not

Nancy Flores is the sanctuary/statewide organizer for Voces del la Frontera and leads this weeks discussion. She works with families who have been affected by the deportation of a loved one and helps them by locating their family member, and explaining the options that they have when they are in removal proceedings. The New Sanctuary Movement at Voces de la Frontera offers monthly interfaith prayer vigils, a monthly support group and reliable attorney referrals to families that need representation.

On a statewide level, Nancy coordinates the Wisconsin Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. This coalition of progressive organizations strategically fights against anti-immigrant state legislation and advocates for legislation that would benefit the immigrant community such as driver cards and instate tuition for undocumented students.

Ms. Flores has a passion for social justice, traveling and learning about new cultures. Nancy is a first generation Mexican American born in California but raised in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. She has two bachelor degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; one in Advertising/Public Relations and the other in Psychology.

Fall 2012 Events:

Rebuilding in the Face of Tragedy

Wednesday, December 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Mr. Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka will explore the internal healing and reconciliation efforts within the southeastern Wisconsin Sikh community since the Oak Creek Temple shooting on August 5, 2012. 

Mr. Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka is a member of the Wisconsin Sikh Gurdwara or Temple and nephew of the slain Temple president, Mr. Satwan Singh Kaleka. He is a MD/PhD candidate at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Conscientious Objectors

Wednesday, November 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

What does being a conscientious objector (CO) mean?

Many people have serious questions about whether it is right to take part in war. Sometimes without knowing the term or concept they be conscientious objectors. Learn about what being a CO means, the history, people's options, their views and the attitudes that surround it.

Michael K. Duffy, Ph.D. is Director of the Interdisciplinary Major in Peace Studies and is Associate Professor of Ethics in the Department of Theology. Dr. Duffey specializes in theological ethics with particular attention to issues of justice and peace. He is the author of three books and his current research concerns the role of Central American churches in post-conflict healing and development.

Service and Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Wednesday, November 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Through the lens of their experiences, South Africa study abroad alumni will discuss service and education in post-apartheid South Africa. The students will examine the current conversations around South Africa’s education system and share their own personal experiences, challenges and observations. It is through focusing on international perspectives and understanding that we become better collaborators and compassionate neighbors in today’s global society.

November 12-16 marks International Education Week, an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This Soup is sponsored by the Office of International Education.

Native Population and Justice

Wednesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

"Save a Walleye – Spear a Squaw", "Save Two Walleyes – Spear a Pregnant Squaw", "Too Bad Custer Ran Out of Bullets". Believe it or not, these words were shamelessly emblazoned on placards and car bumper stickers to intimidate, threaten and violently impugn Wisconsin’s First Nations people for exercising their sovereign right to spear fish. This inherent right for Ojibwe peoples to gather, hunt and fish on off-reservation lands and waters without hindrance by the State of Wisconsin was finally affirmed with the 1983 landmark decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, more commonly known as the Voigt decision. But tensions over these modern fishing practices exploded during the 1980's when non-Indian sportsman and sympathizers engaged in conduct more than unsportsmanlike – it threatened to become deadly.

A reprieve for Wisconsin’s tribes wouldn't come until 1991 when Senate Bill 31 was entrenched in the Wisconsin Biennial Budget. The bill required the study of Wisconsin Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty in public schools and enlisted the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction through an American Indian Studies programmatic arm to support school districts' efforts. Although vindicated, the damage to the reputation of Wisconsin First Nations was done and seemingly irreparable. Indian men, women and children throughout the state had to constantly brace themselves for anti-Indian sentiment in their communities, workplaces, playgrounds and classrooms. What is the sentiment today post- Act 31? We hope you’ll join us for a panel discussion on the personal experiences and reflections of three First Nations women who haven’t let their guard down and vigilantly monitor the landscape in an effort to eradicate racism and ignorance.

Panelists include; Richanda Kaquatosh, Coordinator, First Nations Studies Program, MPS; Laree Pourier, Junior, Marquette University; Jacqueline Schram, Governmental and Community Affairs Associate, Marquette University.

Conversation Across Divides: Public Dialogue in Milwaukee and Beyond

Wednesday, October 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Lisa Bates-Froiland, Zeidler Center Executive Director, and Matt Sweeney, Project Director, will share the history of the Zeidler Center and its current initiative, the Beyond Polarization Dialogues, which brings together people of very different beliefs and backgrounds to foster mutual understanding on polarizing public issues. In demonstrating the powerful public dialogue method upon which their work with the Zeidler Center is based, Lisa and Matt will reflect on their experience with public dialogue, and the promise and challenges of public dialogue in Milwaukee and beyond.

The Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion is a Milwaukee-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building more collaborative and united communities through conversation.

From Marquette Hall to City Hall and Back Again-Nurturing a Passion for Improving Civic Life

Wednesday, October 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Milwaukee Common Council President, Willie Hines, will share his own journey from Marquette to City Hall and will invite students to discuss with him ways that they might nurture their own interests in improving the quality of life for all citizens of large urban areas like Milwaukee.

In April 2004, Alderman Willie L. Hines, Jr. was elected by his fellow Common Council members as the 48th council president of the City of Milwaukee. When elected in 1996, he was one of the first African Americans ever to defeat a sitting Common Council member. While service on the Council, Alderman Hines has worked hard to respond to constituents' concerns.

Alderman HInes was selected by the Business Journal in 1999 as one of Milwaukee's "40 under 40" (young individuals who are leaders in business, education, government and entertainment). The Public Policy Forum has honored Alderman Hines with its Charles McNeer Civic Leadership Award. He also has received the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee's Irvin Fair Award, recognition as Boys & Girls Club's "Alum of the Year." He graduated from Marquette University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Marriage Equality

Wednesday, October 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Racial Justice

Wednesday, October 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Christopher Jeske's 2009 Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowship presentation "Racism in Suburbia: A Case Study of Kirkwood, Missouri" explored the racial conditions that led to a shotting in his hometown and the impact of the violence on the community.

In his presentation, Jeske "shares how his discovery of true and false epiphanies has paralleled his personal jouney from a apssive participation in structural racism to deeper and deeper practices of life in community. Weaving together scenes from interviews, social analysis, and personal reflection, Jeske lays out five steps to personal and community transformation; 1. decide to take action, 2. it's a personal journey, 3. find a transformative environment, 4. love comes before truth, 5. be bold.

Join us for a viewing of excerpts of the documentary and a roundtable discussion regarding racial justice.

School of the Americas (SOA)

Wednesday, September 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 163

SOA Watch stands in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to close the U.S. Army’s training facility for foreign military personnel and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the school represents. The School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

Join Joyce Ellwanger, local activist, Ciara McHugh, Marquette University student, and Carole Poth, Center for Peacemaking, who will lead the discussion and share their stories.

Nuns: Women, Religion and the Church

Wednesday, September 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

A Vatican report released in April 2012 excoriating a group that represents the majority of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States, Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), had ignored Church teachings. The nuns, accused of adopting "certain radical feminist themes", were told by the Vatican their group remained "under the supreme direction of the Holy See".

The U.S. nuns went ahead and continued to do what the Council had told them to do: "Update, renew, go back to your sources." They were always teachers. Now they became scholars and theologians, chief executives of hospitals, legal aid lawyers, and social workers and martyrs in countries like El Salvador. They took on issues -- peace, economic injustice, racism, women's rights, interfaith relations and environmentalism --. Now Pope Benedict XVI has dissed them for doing that, "Too much emphasis, he has said, on feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and finding shelter for the homeless. Why don't the sisters help the bishops speak out on core faith issues like birth control and abortion?"

On June 1, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) officials issued a statement saying the Vatican critique was based on unsubstantiated accusations that arose from a "flawed process" and had caused "scandal and pain throughout the church."

Sister Lucy Edelbeck, our guest for this series, has been an active and engaged memer of the Sisters of St. Dominic in Racine for 70 years. Having become aware of the common absence of women both in news of our Church and our society, Sister Lucy, has devoted her life energy to making known the place of women in our lives. She presently participates and gives guidance to a House Church, gathering women who are seeking greater participation in Our Church which meets monthly. She has lectured widely throughout our country, has proclaimed this message in an extensive collection of greeting cards, and has transformed the liturgy in her parish church.

Breaking the Silence: a Community Response to Supporting Survivors in Their Healing Journeys

Wednesday, September 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

Around the world, one in every three women has been beaten or sexually assaulted and one in six men will experience a sexual assault in his lifetime. Opening the heart and mind to survivors is critical to breaking the silence surrounding sexual violence. This discussion will provide information for friends, family, partners and caring community members on how to support, empower and validate survivors as they begin their healing journeys. The discussion will also provide participants with information about campus and community resources for survivors and their supporters.

This discussion will be led by two co-moderators, Sue Cooper, Coordinator of Sexual Violence and Advocacy Services, at Marquette University Student Health Service, and Lynn O'Brien, Counselor/Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator, with the Counseling Center. Panelists include Susannah Bartlow, Director, with Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Associate V.P., with Mission and Ministry and Maryann Clesceri, Executive Director, with the Healing Center.

Civil Discourse and the Common Good: Preparing for the 2012 Election

Wednesday, September 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m., AMU 157

In this era of political polarization, the need for civil discourse is very evident. How can we find common ground in pursuing the common good? This program will be presented by Robert Beezat, a volunteer for NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington DC, who will provide background on the important issues we face and provide the opportunity to explore our role in the 2012 election.