- Peacemaker in Residence
- Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture
- Distinguished Peacemakers Series
- Conferences and Symposia
- Performing and Visual Arts
- Workshops, Retreats and Vigils
- Soup with Substance
Every year an internationally recognized nonviolent theorist and/or activist completes a one-week residency to inspire and encourage the development of peacemakers at Marquette. The Peacemaker in Residence engages students, faculty, and the Milwaukee community through individual meetings, classroom visits, and public presentations.
2017-18: Mauricio Garcia Duran, S.J.
Mauricio Garcia Duran, S.J., Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) country director for Colombia and regional director for Latin America, shared his analysis of the Colombian conflict and peace processes. His presentations and lectures drew extensively from his experience working for peace in Colombia over the past three decades. He also shared how Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) continues to serve vulnerable individuals and communities in Colombia and throughout Latin America.
2016-17: Mel Duncan
Mel Duncan, co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, shared his knowledge on Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP). Duncan visited several classrooms and delivered public presentations at Marquette.
2015-16: Marie Dennis
Marie Dennis, co-President of Pax Christi International and recipient of the 2016 Public Peace Prize, shared her knowledge on international nonviolent movements rooted in faith and justice during her time at Marquette.
2014-15: Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright
Ann Wright is a prominent American peacemaker. She received the State Department award for heroism in 1997 for her actions while evacuating 2,500 people during the Sierra Leone civil war. Additionally, she has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, and Nicaragua. In all of her roles, Wright has been a strong voice for human rights, peace, and justice. She is the author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience with Susan Dixon. During her residency at Marquette she met with students and faculty in classrooms and delivered several public presentations. Topics included following your conscience, her role as a peace activist, the conflict in Israel-Palestine, the challenges of international aid, and careers in foreign service.
2013-14: Dr. Lingam Raja
Dr. Lingam Raja, expert on Gandhian Economics and professor at the Gandhigram Rural Institute, shared his knowledge of Gandhian nonviolence and stories of Gandhi’s involvement in the struggle for peace in India. Dr. Raja visited several classrooms and delivered presentations at local community organizations as well as at Marquette.
The Gandhigram Rural Institute was founded to live out Gandhi’s revolutionary “Nai Talim” system of education based on the reconstruction of village life along egalitarian economic and social lines.
2012-13: Libby Hoffman
Libby Hoffman founded and is the President of Catalyst for Peace, a Portland, Maine based private foundation that mobilizes locally-owned and led peace-building and reconciliation in conflict and post-conflict settings, and pioneers in storytelling to share the lessons of this work with the world.
She co-founded Fambul Tok (Krio for "Family Talk"), which brings victims and perpetrators of the civil war in Sierra Leone together for the first time in village-level, tradition-based ceremonies of truth-telling and forgiveness re-knitting the torn fabric of the community in the process. She produced the award winning documentary film about this work, Fambul Tok, and is the lead author of the book of the same name, published by Umbrage Editions--both released in 2011.
Hoffman has been active in peacebuilding for 25 years in a variety of capacities--professor, trainer, facilitator, program director, consultant and funder. A former Political Science professor at Principia College, she left academia to focus on the practice of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. She has developed and led conflict resolution training programs in corporate, congregational, educational and community settings.
2011-12: Sara Terry
Sara Terry, a filmmaker and a award-winning reporter for the Christian Science Monitor (and founding member of Monitor Radio, the Monitor's public radio program), has documented the aftermath of war in Bosnia and Sierra Leone. She made a mid-career transition into photojournalism and documentary photography in the late 1990s and founded The Aftermath Project, a non-profit grant program that helps photographers cover the aftermath of conflict and build educational outreach and partnerships around the understanding that “war is only half the story.” She visited Marquette in March 2012 and hosted a screening and discussion of Fambul Tok, her first, award-winning documentary.
2010-11: Jim Douglass
Jim Douglas is a theologian, activist and noted author on nonviolence and Christian theology. Along with his wife Shelley, he co-founded the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington and Mary's House, a Catholic Worker house in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1997 Jim and Shelley were awarded the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, a Catholic peace award. Douglass' book, JFK and the Unspeakable, explores how JFK was martyred as a peacemaker by forces within the government. He is also the author of The Non-Violent Cross: A Theology of Revolution and Peace and The Non-Violent Coming of God.
2009-10: Nomfundo Walaza
Nomfundo Walaza, Chief Executive Officer of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, gave a presentation on her work in reconciliation. She is a clinical psychologist who started out her career at Valkenberg Hospital where she worked for 5 years and then moved on to become the Director of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town which she headed for 9 years. She was actively involved as a commissioner in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.
2008-09: Christopher Ahrends
Christopher Ahrends, former chaplain to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and U2U Foundation consultant, spoke in classes and with student groups, led a guided meditation session, and presented the Theory W program in three installations to Marquette and the wider community.
2007-08: Kathy Kelly
Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a three time Nobel Peace Prize nominated group, spoke in classes, to the Muslim Student Association, and presented to a Marquette - Milwaukee audience. Kelly has led and participated in international peacemaking efforts with grassroots organizations in the United States, Iraq, Gaza, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.