Conferences, Symposia, and Events


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A Symposium of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home (Library Conferences, Symposia, and Events)

On May 24, Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis signed the first encyclical dedicated to caring for Earth. He addressed Laudato Si’ to all people, emphasizing our interconnections with one another and all other creatures that constitute Earth, pointing to the complexities of ecological problems that are especially harmful to poor and vulnerable people now and projected to jeopardize future generations, and urging all people to address these problems from multiple perspectives in a spirit of solidarity.

Catholic institutions of higher learning are obliged to respond to the pope’s encyclical, and an upcoming event provides this opportunity for Marquette faculty, students, and staff to begin this process: “A Symposium of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’,On Care for Our Common Home.” The symposium was held October 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m., in Raynor Library’s Beaumier Suites B/C.

Calibans and Caribbeanisms (Languages Conferences, Symposia, and Events)

Playing with the metaphor of the rebellious Caliban as protagonist, this interdisciplinary conference is guided by the following questions: How has the Caribbean been constructed historically as a geographic place and an imagined space both from within and without? How did the colonial encounter shape the notion of Caribbeans as “subhuman Calibans” or “cannibals,” and how has the coexistent resistance to such othering continued to revise colonial and neocolonial misperceptions? How have 20th and 21st century diasporas further led to questions of not only how to locate Caribbeanness, but challenged the notion of real and imagined boundaries of space, nation, and identity? And given 21st century political changes that have opened the Caribbean increasingly to global markets, how have the continued intertwinements between language, power, and mobility led to inventive artistic and literary production? The conference explored with particular interest notions of “space” and “topography” as matrices where a variety of understandings about Caribbean cultural identity are negotiated.

Community Engagement Symposium: Deepening Partnerships in Pursuit of Social Justice (Community Engagement, Office of)

The Marquette University Community Engagement Symposium will promote engaged research and scholarship to confront issues of social justice. The symposium will illuminate best practices in cultivating deep partnerships, community-based research and community-based learning pedagogies.

Primary Objectives:

1. Provide community organizations and faculty members the chance to engage in dialogue about and networking related to mutually beneficial, bidirectional research and learning opportunities.
2. Provide community organizations and faculty with the necessary tools and resources (e.g. funding opportunities, publication outlets, etc.) to support and strengthen partnerships.

Conversations across the Humanities

An interdisciplinary conference called “Conversations Across the Humanities” was held from 8:30 to 4:30 on Friday, April 19, 2013. Sponsored by the Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, it featured nearly thirty presentations from faculty members and graduate students in English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology, as well as from the College of Communications and Raynor Memorial Library. Session topics included Popular Representations of Religious Figures, Reading Race Across the Disciplines, Space across Disciplines, Revisiting American Borderlands , and Digital Humanities.

The conference was organized by Eugenia Afinoguénova (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Kristen Foster (History), Diane Hoeveler (English), and Debra Oswald (Psychology), who received Fellowships in the College’s “Engaging Differences and Commonalities Through the Humanities.” Each received a two-course buyout and a small fund to pursue their own research projects and to participate in workshops on their papers and chapters with other interested members of the MU community.

The conference was free and open to the public; all sessions were in Cudahy Hall.

Click here to download the event program in its entirety.

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Research Exchange Conference (College of Education Conferences, Symposia, and Events)

Come. Discuss. Share. Impart. Teach. Learn.

The Annual Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Research Exchange Conference allowed students and faculty from the College of Education, as well as students and faculty of the Psychology Department, the opportunity to present research and papers in a collegial and comfortable setting.

The Research Exchange Conference was an opportunity for students to gain experience in submitting proposals to a conference, undergoing a peer-review process, and improving their presentation skills. The event was intended to be an informal conference that promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience.

Presentations were judged by peers and awards were given out to those with exceptional papers and posters.

Digital Commons + Great Lakes User Group Meeting 2020

The Digital Commons+ Great Lakes User Group (DCGLUG) meeting strives to create community among regional repository users across a variety of platforms and to provide an opportunity to share ideas, best practices, and strategies for success for Digital Commons and for repositories in general. We meet annually at different locations across the Midwest:
Previous meetings:
2019: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
2018: Five Colleges of Ohio/Denison University, Granville, OH
2017: Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
2016: College of Brockport, State University of New York, Brockport NY
2015: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
2014: Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
2013: Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
2012: Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Digital Scholarship Symposia (Library Conferences, Symposia, and Events)

Held annually at Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Digital Scholarship Symposium, brings together Marquette faculty, students, and librarians along with experts from other institutions to discuss the current status of digital scholarship and how to bridge the gap to future possibilities. Topics of discussion, as related to digital scholarship, include infrastructure, sustainability, enrollment, ethics, community partners, and collaboration.

Freedom Project Video Competition (Library Featured Student Research)

The word "freedom" has been essential to how Americans understand themselves and their country since its founding, but the term has born many meanings and many contexts.

Whether it is idealized, politicized, or questioned, "freedom" resonates strongly in American culture, despite the wide variety of understandings it evokes.

As part of Marquette's year-long Freedom Project, a commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War that explores the many meanings and histories of emancipation and freedom in the United States and beyond, the Raynor Memorial Libraries hosted a competition inviting students, in 30 seconds or less, to reflect on the question, "What does 'freedom' mean to me?"

These video reflections were recorded in 2013 on March 21st in the Raynor Memorial Libraries and March 25th in the Alumni Memorial Union.

Interdisciplinary Conference on Disabilities at the Intersection (Research Projects and Grants)

Date: March 3-4, 2022

Place: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Conference Program

Disability is a living human experience. It is not merely a medical or biological phenomenon, and it is not only the subject of sciences. Perspectives on disability have evolved historically, theologically, and medically. Academics and disability activists have increasingly come to view disability as more than an individual medical diagnosis, often highlighting it as an issue of social justice and equity. As such, there is a need for further collaboration between the sciences and the humanities to deepen our understanding of disability in all of its complexities. Using interdisciplinary approaches to examine disability as fluid and dynamic condition can help us understand it as an identity and as social construct.

This conference aims to encourage open discussion and better understanding as well as to breakdown stigma associated with disabilities. To accomplish that, the conference aims to generate inclusive dialogues and interdisciplinary interactions between academia, community organizers, social and legal activists, health care service/providers, and religious leaders. The conference will serve as a platform to foster collaboration between various groups engaged in understanding and improving disability conditions.

We invite papers that offer critical analysis of how disabilities have been viewed in historical terms as medical conditions, social/cultural constructs, and as the norms that produce and reproduce perceptions of normalcy or normative bodies. We particularly welcome papers dealing with normalcy narratives, discourse, and issues of stigmas evolving around disabilities in marginalized communities with an emphasis on the intersection of disability (as an identity and minority) with gender, culture, and religion.

Key Topics:

Core conference themes include, but are not limited to:
  • Disability and identity
  • Social and cultural construction of disabilities
  • Religious and cultural perspectives on disability
  • Bodies and construction of normalcy
  • Gendered disabilities and feminist approaches to disability
  • Language terminology and conceptualization of impairment and disability in literary, cultural, and artistic production
  • Disabilities as social and legal rights issue
  • Community activism, policy making, and service
  • Lived experiences, life-writing and narratives of people with disability


    Conference proceedings and selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Gender, Ethnic, and Cross-Cultural Studies.

    Chief Organizer

    Enaya Othman
    Organizing Committee Members Tara Baillargeon
    Behnam Ghasemzadeh
    Michelle Medeiros
    Giordana Poggioli-Kaftan
    Dana Fritz
    Gülnur Demirci
    Stefan Reutter

Legacies of the Great War (History Conferences, Symposia, and Events)

Marquette Forum

As part of the greater Milwaukee community and in accordance with our guiding values, Marquette University is committed to nurturing “an inclusive, diverse community that fosters new opportunities, partnerships, collaboration, and vigorous yet respectful debate.” The Marquette Forum engages students, faculty, staff and residents of greater Milwaukee in a yearlong series of inclusive conversations, bringing experts of national renown together with those from the Marquette and Milwaukee communities.

Martin Luther King, Civil Rights, and America: A Lecture Series at Marquette University (Library Conferences, Symposia, and Events)

This annual lecture series hopes to inform people about the history of the civil rights movement and evaluate the legacy of the movement for our country today. The series is sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Office of the Provost.

For more information on the series, check the Lecture Series libguide.

Scholarly Communication Symposium (Library Conferences, Symposia, and Events)

February 2013 -- Raynor Memorial Libraries hosted a Scholarly Communication Symposium on Monday, February 11. The event took place in Raynor Library's Beaumier Suites from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Speakers addressed key communication and publishing issues being faced by researchers and the academic community. Topics included open access publishing, research data management, institutional repositories, emerging technologies, and copyright.