Marquette Forum: Affiliated Events


Refugee Health in Milwaukee

April 5, 2018 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Ballrooms C&D

Marquette University welcomes all - students, faculty, and community members - to discuss the health equity of the refugee population in Milwaukee. In addition, refugee community members are welcome to come and learn about health resources available to them in the Milwaukee community. More information or to register online.


Collection Spotlight: Environmental Health
February 2 - May 20, 2018

On view at the Haggerty Museum of Art

This exhibition of contemporary photographs by artists Edward Burtynsky, Jason Larkin, and Richard Misrach addresses issues of environmental health and justice, with particular attention to the irreparable damage inflicted by fossil fuel and mining industries. The exhibition is a response to the 2017-18 Marquette Forum theme Fractured: Heath and Equity – Local/Global. More information online.

Fair Housing Marches Events
Join community members, local organizations, and Marquette University faculty, staff and students in a series of events hosted throughout the year-long recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches. The various events take a critical look at the intersections of health, equity, and housing, from a broad range of perspectives. All events are free and open to the public. More information online.   





Film: Bending the Arc

Part of the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, Bending the Arc, by directors Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos, focuses on three remarkable young people, barely out of their teens—Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl— who came together in a squatter settlement in Haiti. Determined to provide the same world-class level of medical care they would expect for their own families to the Haitians that soon became their friends, they faced obstacles so enormous they weren’t even considered surmountable by the rest of the world. What's happening in Haiti is happening in Milwaukee.


Give Kids a Smile

The combined Head Start dental day/Give Kids a Smile Program will take place on Saturday October 7th, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at Marquette University School of Dentistry.

Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, federally funded national school readiness program for children from low-income families in the United States. In the Milwaukee area, there are approximately 4000 children between the ages of 3-5 enrolled in various Head Start programs. Federal guidelines mandate a comprehensive oral health examination by a qualified dentist for every students within 60 days of enrollment.

Give Kids A Smile is a nationwide event sponsored by the American Dental Association, ensuring the dental health of children from underserved families. The program began in 2003 and since then it has grown enormously with thousands of dollars in free care provided to underserved children each year.


Two Spirits Film Viewing and Discussion

Co-sponsored by LGBTQ+ Resource Center

The Navajo have a rich tradition of celebrating individuals who identify as two spirit or being in possession of both masculine and feminine traits. Through the viewing and discussion of Lydia Nibley’s film, Two Spirits, we will explore gender identity and gender variance through the lens of the murder of Fred Martinez, a member of the Navajo tribe who identified as two spirit. Nibley examines and juxtaposes the history of the two spirit identity with the hatred and bigotry exemplified by the murder of Fred Martinez. The discussion will center not only around gender variance but also on the racism and colonialism in North America, acknowledging how both issues of gender and race intersect within the identity of two spirit.


Historicizing the Violence Against Native Women

Co-sponsored with the Office for Intercultural Engagement

The Department of Justice reports that four out of every five Indigenous and Native American women have experienced and will experience sexual, physical, mental, or emotional violence in their lifetime. More often than not, this violence occurs at the hands of a partner. Bryan Rindfleisch, Ph.D. is a professor in the History Department and has authored a number of articles regarding Native American history. He specializes in Native resistance to colonization as well as the role of violence in indigenous communities. He will be discussing the historical features of Native American society and its’ oppression by colonialist forces that account for such high rates of violence against women.


O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism

The fifth annual conference will feature the journalism of 2016-17 O’Brien Fellow Mark Johnson and associated graduate and undergraduate Marquette students. Johnson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning health and science reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, used the fellowship to examine the growing threat posed by diseases that jump from animals to humans. Panelists will discuss climate change’s role in the spread of diseases, and the ethics of steps such as the genetic modification of animals that carry disease. Johnson and student journalists will talk about their roles in reporting the “Outbreak” stories.


Men’s Health Across Difference Research Panel

Sponsored by the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies

In the county of Milwaukee, the male population experiences heightened health risks relative to the rest of the population. These disproportionately high health issues include alcohol and drug use, which affects 58% of the total population; violence, which affects 55% of the population; and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease, as according to the Center for Urban Population Health’s 2012-2013 Milwaukee County Community Health Needs Assessment. The panel will include experts from the fields of public health, medicine, and social justice who will discuss the health disparities across not only gender but race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and ability.


Wear Purple for World Pancreatic Cancer Day

On November 16, 2017, people around the world will unite to demand better in the fight against the world’s toughest cancer. Currently, there is no screening test or early detection method for pancreatic cancer. Some are in development – another sign of the progress happening in the field that needs greater attention and funding support.

To raise awareness for Pancreatic cancer, Marquette University Student Government encourages the entire Marquette community to dress in purple on November 16th. On that day, you can receive a purple ribbon from students along Wisconsin Avenue.

You can find out more about World Pancreatic Cancer Day at


Mission Week: The Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture with Sister Simone Campbell

Join us for an evening with Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.. Sr. Simone will share stories of the people she met during her travels across the United States on NETWORK’s “Nuns on the Bus” tours. In recounting these encounters, she will address themes of poverty, economic inequality and health care. Drawing from her experience with nonviolence, public policy and peacemaking, she will offer pathways to incorporate social justice and reconciliation into the fabric of our own lives.


Stress Related to Immigration Status in Students

February 19, 2018
Alumni Memorial Union, room 163 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Marquette University College of Education, Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Join us for a presentation about critical topics related to detention, deportation and other immigration status-related stress affecting students in our schools. Jacki Black and Lisa Edwards will present about the context of immigration status, effects of toxic stress on students, and suggestions for how school personnel can support youth and families in the context of this unique stressor.


Forum on Sexual Assault: Voicing violations, healing together, changing a culture
February 20, 2018

Weasler Auditorium | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The goal of sexual violence prevention is simple — to stop it from happening in the first place. The solutions, however, are just as complex as the problem. The Forum on Sexual Assault will discuss how Marquette University handles sexual assault and violence cases and will explore how we can collectively improve the campus climate through communication, behavior, policy and other procedures. As a forum independently organized and facilitated by students, supplemented by questions submitted by students, and backed by both student groups and various University departments, this conversation unites the Marquette Community for the benefit of all those effected by sexual assault. Sponsored by Marquette University Student Government.


Lead in the Water: A Panel Discussion on Milwaukee’s Lead Crisis
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Marquette Hall, Room 100, 1217 W. Wisconsin Ave | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The Center for Urban Research, Teaching and Outreach (CURTO) is sponsoring a talk and panel discussion on the effects of lead in Milwaukee’s water system. The lead crisis represents a public health threat akin to the ongoing problems in the city of Flint, MI, and this discussion represents a part of a far-reaching community effort to produce a solution. The event will feature a keynote address from Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou (Virginia Tech University) and a panel discussion of community activists from across Milwaukee. This event is open to the public, no registration required. Contact Sam Harshner with questions or for more information.


The Complexity and Tragedy of the Opioid Epidemic: A Nurse's Perspective - Dr. Alfredo Gonzalez

Monday, March 19, 2018
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a presentation about the opioid epidemic in America from a nurse’s perspective. Dr. Alfredo Gonzalez, DNP, ENP, C-SPI, has a background in toxicology and emergency medicine. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner with an active emergency room practice, he holds a master’s degree in emergency medicine and is a certified specialist in poison information, with more than 20 years of experience. His passion is helping communities address the opioid epidemic and assisting nurses to recognize ways to participate in the prevention of untimely opiate-related deaths. Dr. Gonzalez’s presentation will provide a brief history of opiates, an overview of his health care experiences within the current situation, a description of treatment approaches, and a discussion of how to move Sponsored by the College of Nursing. Video from the event.


About the Forum

For academic year 2017-18, Marquette University will engage in a year-long series of events focusing on health equity. Building on last year’s theme “Freedom Dreams Now,” this year will explore health disparities, the social determinants of health, and opportunities for achieving greater equity locally and globally. Engaging students, faculty, staff, and the communities making up greater Milwaukee, Forum events will focus on several dimensions of health equity:

  • Children’s health/social determinants of health
  • Mental health: enduring stigmas and challenges
  • Global health: developing Marquette networks
  • Incarceration and health
  • Milwaukee: accessing healthcare

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This site will be updated throughout the academic year as we add events to our schedule.