Democracy in Troubled Times Immigration Forum

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, room 227

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a light dinner, introduction and roundtable conversations beginning at 6:15

Immigration affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. This forum is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the policy issues surrounding immigration. The options and actions we will discuss reflect different ways of understanding what is at stake and force us to think about what matters most to us when we face difficult problems that do not have perfect solution.

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Politics with the People Keynote

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Reading Room 4th floor

Citizens and scholars alike worry about the health of representative democracy around the world today. They worry about resurgent nationalism across the globe as well as accusations of 'democratic deficits' against technocrats. In the United States, approval of Congress remains near its all-time low, with populist challenges roiling both major parties. Dr. Neblo will present some realistic reform proposals based on his research into what ails democratic politics in the U.S. today.

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Dr. Michael A. Neblo is associate professor of political science and (by courtesy) philosophy and public policy, and director of the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA) at The Ohio State University.


Faith and Democracy in Troubled Times

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
3300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. 
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Is democracy in crisis? Should faith inform political decisions; or, should leaders adhere to a strict separation of church and state? In what ways does your faith and/or prayer inform your considerations of democratic concern? Join President Michael R. Lovell and a panel of influential interfaith leaders as they consider the various ways in which they understand their personal faiths, and their broader faith traditions, in relationship with their roles as faith leaders, or leaders influenced by their faith, and members of our democratic society, and the troubled times within which we live. The panel will be followed by roundtable discussions among community members facilitated by the Frank P. Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.

Hosted by Marquette University Office of Community Engagement, Marquette University Office of Mission and Ministry, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Bader Philanthropies, Inc., and Zeidler Center for Public Discussion


Affiliated Events

“The Constitution in Troubled Times”

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Beaumier Suites B&C in the Raynor Library

Admission is free and no reservation is required.
Light refreshments will be served.

This coming Monday, September 17th marks the 231st anniversary of when the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia completed its work on what would become the U.S. Constitution. To commemorate this event, the Political Science Department at Marquette is hosting an event discussing the role of the Constitution in our contemporary era.

The U.S. Constitution – the oldest national constitution in continuous existence – has survived numerous crises since its creation. It has also inspired the growth of constitutionalism throughout the world. In contemporary times, however, liberal democracy is facing a backlash from numerous sources across the globe. Even in the United States, fewer citizens express satisfaction with how democracy is working. What do these broader trends mean for constitutionalism, both in the United States and in other democracies? Are we facing a “constitutional crisis”? Please join us for our panel discussion featuring Dr. Julia Azari (Political Science), Prof. Chad Oldfather (Law School), and Dr. Susan Giaimo (Political Science).
Co-sponsored by the Marquette University Law School
Affiliated with the Marquette Forum’s “Democracy in Troubled Times” Event Series

The Milwaukee Model: Envisioning the Role of the Arts in Criminal Justice Reform

Nov. 1-3, 2018

Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, assistant professor in the department of history and the department of African and African American studies at Harvard University and author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America will be in conversation with Christian Viveros-Faune, art and culture critic and author of Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art. This presentation serves as a keynote address for the symposium The Milwaukee Model: Envisioning the Role of the Arts in Criminal Justice Reform, organized by the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum, which takes place November 1–3.

Racism, Social Activism and Sports

Nov. 8, 2018

Dave Zirin, sports journalist, will give a lecture on "Racism, Social Activism and Sports." There will be a day's worth of discussions related to the topic, including: Brain Trauma/Concussion Education, Youth Soccer and Race/Class in Milwaukee.

Sponsors: Center for Urban Research, Teaching and Outreach (CURTO); Journalism and Media Studies

Immigration and Incarceration

Feb. 21 or 22, 2019

Lecture by Dr. Kelly Hernandez

Sponsors: CURTO, UW–Milwaukee, UW–Madison