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Past Events

2016-17

Date  Event
Aug. 31, 2016
Solidarity in a Time of Bias, Hate and Violence

Sept. 6 - 8. 2016
Voter Registration Drive

Sept. 8, 2016
"The True Cost" - Film screening and discussion
Sponsored by Fashion This Series
 
Sept. 16, 2016 U.S. Constitution Day
 
Sept. 22, 2016

2016 St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award Presentation and Reception
Presented to Shirlyn Miller in recognition of her steadfast support of peace and justice initiatives in our community.

Sept. 21, 2106 International Day of Peace
 
Sept. 22, 2016

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

“The Word Peace and the Word Justice, and Why Sometimes the Peacemakers Are Blessed (But Only Sometimes)”

By William Miller
Thomas G. Long Professor of Law
University of Michigan

Sept. 26, 2016
First Presidential Debate Watch Party
 
Oct. 3, 2016

Visual Art and Social Statements

By Fr. Jim Neilson, O.Praem., Assistant Professor of Art  
and Dr. Brandon Bauer, Assistant Professor of Art 

The panel will discuss the history of art and social engagement with a focus on primary historic and contemporary examples of artists engaging with the social issues of their time. 
 
Oct. 4, 2016

Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
 
Oct. 9, 2016  Second Presidential Debate Watch Party
 
Oct. 24, 2016
“The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Up Close and Personal”
By Robert Kramer, Ph.D.
Professor of History
St. Norbert College
Oct. 29, 2016
Nonviolence Training Day: Developing the Skills for Social Change
By Jim Handley, UW-Stout
Co-sponsored by The Norman Miller Center and Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies 
Nov. 8, 2016 Election Day
Nov. 8, 2016

Election Watch Party
Nov. 10, 2016
Salam Neighbor - Film Viewing
Salam (Hello) Neighbor is a film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. The film follows the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers ever allowed to be registered and given a tent inside Za'atari, the Jordanian refugee camp near the Syrian border, which is home to over 80,000 Syrian refugees. 
Nov. 30, 2016
What Can a President Do?
The recent presidential election has prompted a national conversation about what President-Elect Trump actually has the power to change during his presidency. In this program, we'll look at what power the American president actually has, and what citizens can do to either support or oppose these changes. 
Feb. 1, 2017 2017 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2017 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Feb. 23, 2017

Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty - a book discussion
By Kate Hennessy

Kate Hennessy is a writer and the youngest of Dorothy Day’s nine grandchildren. Her work has appeared in Best American Travel Writing. Kate attended New York University and the School for International Living in Vermont. She has traveled and worked around the world, including as a counselor at an international summer camp in the former USSR, ESL Teacher in Guatemala and to Tibetan refugees in India, and as a curator at a small Vermont museum. She has also walked 750 kilometers on el Camino de Santiago in Spain. Kate divides her time between Ireland and Vermont.

March 2, 2017 The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding“Growing up Palestinian in Israel: One Man's Journey from Revenge to Reconciliation”
By Aziz Abu Sarah, co-founder and co-CEO of MEJDI Tours

View the recording.

March 7, 2017 "Seeking Refuge" 
An open house gallery and interactive discussion about the refugee journey through the eyes of children. Featured the artwork and stories of refugee children from various conflict zones. Don't miss the unique opportunity to see the powerful drawings that trace their journey from their home country to asylum in Europe!

Our interactive discussion, consisted of reflections from Dr. Pyne (Norman Miller Center), Dr. Osgood (Education) and Dr. Yesiltas (Political Science), all of whom have experience working with refugees or studying the recent wave of refugees into Europe.
March 8, 2017 Peace Corps Information Session
By Jason Lemberg, regional recruiter for Peace Corps
March 23, 2017 What's in your water? Drinking Water Contamination in Wisconsin: A Panel Discussion
Cosponsored with the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
March 27, 2017 The Mitzvah Project: A One-Person Play and Lecture
By Roger Grunwald

They were called “mischlinge,” a Nazi term meaning “mixed blood” or, more crudely, “half-breed.” It was used to describe Germans descended from one or two Jewish grandparents. By the outbreak of the Second World War, tens of thousands of “mischlinge” were serving in the German armed forces. The Mitzvah (the play), conceived, co-written and performed by actor and child of survivor, Roger Grunwald, tells the tragic story of a German half-Jew who became a decorated officer in Hitler’s army. The Mitzvah is co-authored and directed by Broadway veteran, Annie McGreevey. The lecture examines the historical conditions that produced two centuries of German-Jewish striving, intermarriage and conversion, which, in turn, produced over a hundred thousand “mischlinge” soldiers.

March 30-31, 2017 Wisconsin Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies Conference
Gender, Peace, and Conflict: Toward a Deeper Understanding
An interdisciplinary conference for students and faculty at Alverno College in Milwaukee.

 
April 6, 2017 Better Together Day
Better Together Day celebrates interfaith dialogue and service on campuses around the country. Part of the Interfaith Youth Core, Better Together Day events vary every year and at every campus. 

April 28, 2017 Arbor Day - Tree Planting Ceremony

2015-16

Date  Event
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
SNC Day 
The Norman Miller Center will be hosting an open housing including a variety of children's activities. 
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
International Day of Peace

 
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Livestream of Pope Francis' Address to Congress
This event, co-sponsored by the Norman Miller Center, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, and the Green Bay Diocese, will be followed by discussion of the Pope’s message. Likely topics include immigration, income inequality, and non-partisan cooperation.
 
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

“Imagining Heschel”: Catholicism and Other Religions, a Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
By Colin Greer, author and president of the New World Foundation

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding presents "Imagining Heschel," a reading of a short play by Colin Greer about Rabbi Abraham Heschel's dialogue with Catholic leaders during the Second Vatican Council. This event marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Council's historic statement about Judaism and other religions.

The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the author, Colin Greer and Fr. John Pawlikowski, former President of the International Council of Christians and Jews.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
Livestream of Pope Francis' Address to the United Nations and Interfaith Service
The Pope is to address the United Nations General Assembly at 7:30 a.m., and he will then participate in an interfaith prayer service at the 9/11 memorial at 10:30 a.m. Likely topics for the UN address include climate change, the global economy and the refugee crisis. In between that address and the prayer service, we will host a discussion that will include participants from the previous evening’s Miller Lecture. This event is co-sponsored by the Norman Miller Center, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality and the Diocese of Green Bay.

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

Eid al Adha Celebration

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

2015 St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award Presentation and Reception
Presented to Victor Ochen, founder of the African Youth Initiative Network and nominee for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Social Justice Fair
Come discover how YOU can get involved in social justice organizations on campus! You'll learn about the different forms of social justice work and then have the opportunity to meet representatives from organizations that match your interests.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
This will be the first of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. The discussion this evening will focus on economic implications of climate change. 
 

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Peace Corps Information Session
Brett Heimann
, Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps Regional Office  
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
Be the Change You Want to See: Introduction to Community Organizing
Dennis Donovan from Public Achievement
 

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

We Can't Look Away: A Conversation About the World Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
This will be the second of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. This event will focus on religious implications of the encyclical.  
Nov. 16-20, 2015  International Education Week
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Fair Trade Expo
The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding is putting on a fair trade expo. Come sample fair trade goods including coffee, tea and chocolate, and learn more about how you can be a better informed consumer. 
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Human Rights Day

Wednesday, Feb. 3. 2016
"Trials of Spring" - film viewing
A feature-length documentary. Six short films. Nine women fighting for peace.
Monday Feb. 8, 2016
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Tuesday, Feb. 9. 2016
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
This will be the third of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. This event will focus on the political impact of climate change. Sponsored by the Norman Miller Center.
Monday, Feb. 29-Friday, April 1, 2016  “Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery”
A gallery exhibition of photography by Lisa Kristine
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
“The Faces of Modern Day Slavery,” a Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
By Lisa Kristine, humanitarian photographer
Tuesday, March 29, 2016  Fair and Ethical Trade: Working Alongside Catholic Relief Services to Create Sustainable Change
Join us for a reception in the Baer Gallery to view the exhibition of Lisa Kristine's work on modern day slavery. In addition, come learn about the work of Catholic Relief Services on behalf of fair and ethical trade worldwide and how you can help to make a difference.
Thursday, April 7, 2016 Better Together Day
Better Together Day celebrates interfaith dialogue and service on campuses around the country. Part of the Interfaith Youth Core, Better Together Day events vary every year and at every campus. Look forward to hearing more about SNC's Better Together Day celebration on April 6th (Advisement Day) and April 7 (Better Together Day). 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Grad school? Peace Corps? How about BOTH? - Peace Corps Masters International 
by Hans Lechner
PhD candidate in Geology, Michigan Tech University
Graduate of Peace Corps Masters International program, Jamaica (’99-’01) and El Salvador (’07-’08)

The Peace Corps Master's International program offers a unique opportunity to pair graduate studies at one of more than 100 U.S. academic institutions with Volunteer service abroad. Established in 1987, Master's International equips Peace Corps Volunteers with the education and skills to serve successfully abroad—and, in turn, helps you earn your advanced degree. 
Monday, May 9, 2016
The Pope's Encyclical: Forming Consciousness for Faithful Citizenship
by Bishop Richard Pates
Des Moines Diocese

The Norman Miller Center and the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, present Bishop Richard Pates from the Des Moines Diocese to speak on Laudato Si and climate change.
May 17 - June 2, 2016 The Israel-Palestine Experience, 2016
Open to all members of the SNC community, this trip will enable participants to see historic sites we have heard about our whole lives—places like Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Sea of Galilee—while deepening our understanding of the issues and events that have so long divided this land. 

2014-15

Date
Event
Thursday, Sept. 4 St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Ceremony & Reception
Deacon Juan Barajas was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Ambassador of Peace Award. The event included the award ceremony and reception.  
Thursday, Sept. 11 Social Justice Fair
Quick info sessions followed by community time for students to ask questions of social justice organization representatives.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Leadership, Student Engagement & First Year Experience, and the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding. 
Tuesday, Oct. 14

Ebola: Facts & Misconceptions
A presentation on the Ebola outbreak and human dignity. 

Thursday, Oct. 16 Witness for Peace
The Norman Miller Center hosted Witness for Peace-Upper Midwest and two inspiring speakers from CACTUS, a Colombian advocacy organization that encourages women flower workers to fight for their rights by offering legal advice and support programs.
Friday, Oct. 17 Pizza & Politics
Wisconsin Governor's debate viewing.
Tuesday, Oct. 21 Red, White & You: Voting Your Conscience
Brown County Judge Marc Hammer talked about how to vote according to your personalities and beliefs. 
Religious Freedom Day
Tuesday, Oct. 28 “The Recruitment of Human Race Activists”
A Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

Dr. James Forbes
The Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary
Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church
President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation 
Wednesday, Oct. 29 Walk in Our Shoes Immigration Simulation
The Walk in Our Shoes immigration simulation gave participants a hands-on opportunity to learn about the problems and obstacles faced by Latino migrants living in our community and throughout the country.

Co-sponsored by Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Multicultural Student Services; and the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & PublicUnderstanding.
Tuesday, Nov. 4 Election Watch Party
Tuesday, Nov. 11 The War Comes Home
A documentary on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. 
November 17-21
International Education Week
Tuesday, Nov. 18 Peace Corps Information Session
Presented by Brett Heimann 

Thursday, Feb. 5

Fair Trade Expo
The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice, and Public Understanding at St. Norbert College and the Diocese of Green Bay Living Justice Department are teamed up to put on a fair trade expo.
Monday, March 9 “The Moral Imagination: Conflict Transformation in the Contemporary World”
A Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

John Paul Lederach
Professor of International Peacebuilding, Director of Peace Accords Matrix
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame 
Tuesday, March 31
"Disputed Land, Common Ground: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
A provocative panel discussion with experienced panelists exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its prospects for peace.

Atalia Omer – Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies, Notre Dame University
Robert Kramer – Professor of History, St. Norbert College
Ali R. Abootalebi – Associate Professor of Political Science, UW-Eau Claire
Fouad AlKhouri – St. Norbert College, Intern, Norman Miller Center  
Wednesday, April 8 Great Decisions Lecture Series
Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
Dr. Kennedy will talk about the various treaties and laws to prevent human trafficking and examine the root of the problem that enables traffickers to exploit millions of victims.

Dr. Ellen Kennedy
Executive Director, World Without Genocide 
Wednesday, April 22 Great Decisions Lecture Series
Many of the current conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. Dr. Ishay will discuss how sectarianism fits into a larger narrative of the Middle East, how governments have manipulated sectarian differences and what the U.S. is doing about it.

Dr. Micheline Ishay
Distinguished Professor of Human Rights and International Studies, University of Denver  

2013-14

Date Event
Thursday, Sept. 19
St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award Ceremony and Reception
Fr. Jack MacCarthy, Chuck MacCarthy and Peg MacCarthy were honored as the co-recipients of the 2013 Ambassador of Peace Award. The event included an award ceremony and reception. 
Wednesday, Oct. 16

“Changing Seasons in the Middle East: The Impact on Human Rights”

Micheline Ishay
Distinguished Professor of International Studies and Human Rights
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Thursday, Oct. 24

“How To Be a Socially Engaged Student”

Co-sponsored by ALIVE and the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding. 

Nov. 10-16

International Education Week

Nov. 16-24

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Wednesday, Nov. 20

“Truth 101: Just War”

When is it okay to go to war? Where does your stance on just war derive from? What is a justifiable cause for war? Campus Ministry and the Norman Miller Center presented a respectful, inter-religious dialogue featuring Judaism, Christianity, Muslim and Secular perspectives.  

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Series on Human Trafficking
“Human Trafficking: Closer Than We Think”
Katelyn Cashman of the Cabrini Mission Corps

Human Trafficking is not just an overseas tragedy. We are each more connected to this issue than we would like to think. By being aware of our own connections to trafficking we can take action that will help end this human rights abuse. 

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Great Decisions Lecture
“Energy Independence”

Michael Craft, Emeritus Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Great Decisions Lecture
“Islamic Awakening” 

Robert Kramer, Professor of History, St. Norbert College

Thursday, Feb. 20

“Inequality for All”
Film Screening

NASPA’s Lead Initiative provided an opportunity to participate in a simultaneous screening of U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s film, Inequality for All at campuses across the country. This film, honored at Sundance and other film festivals, highlights income inequality in America and challenges all of us to consider how we can protect the American worker and the middle class.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Great Decisions Lecture
“Is China’s Dream a Nightmare for America and the Rest of the World?” 

Marty Finkler, John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professor in American Economic System, Lawrence University
Thursday, Feb. 27
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“China’s Resource Quest”

Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations 

Thursday, Feb. 27

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
“Interfaith Leadership on America's Sacred Ground” 

Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core

Tuesday, March 4

Series on Human Trafficking
“Half the Sky” Documentary and Letter-writing Pledge

Wednesday, March 5

Great Decisions Lecture
“Turkey's Challenges”

Sinan Ciddi, Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University

Monday, March 10

Eco Film Series
“Trashed” 

Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club
Wednesday, March 12
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“Overdoing or Underdoing: Why Can’t American Foreign Policy Do Better?”

Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Urasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations 

Wednesday, March 12

Great Decisions Lecture
“Defense Technology” 

Mr. Shawn Brimley, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security

Tuesday, March 25

Series on Human Trafficking
“Why I Care” and Freedom Footprint 

Human trafficking is an issue that transcends language, race, sex, gender, etc. Participants learned why taking a stand on human trafficking is our responsibility.

Wednesday, March 26

Great Decisions Lecture
“Israel and the U.S.” 

Fred Kaplan, CNN, Author of The Insurgents and the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
Thursday, March 27
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“Update on the Congo”

Jason Stearns, Director of the Usalama Progrect and Research Program on Congolese Armed Groups, Rift Valley Institute
Monday, March 31
Eco Film Series
“Sun Come Up”

Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club

Wednesday, April 2

Great Decisions Lecture
“U.S. Trade Policy” 

Art Cyr, Director of A.W. Clausen Center for World Business, Carthage College

Tuesday, April 8

Series on Human Trafficking
“Wrap Up: Fact vs. Fiction”

Discussed fact vs. fiction on human trafficking. To facilitate positive change there was an atmosphere of respect and time for the St. Norbert Community to take a stand against modern day slavery. 
Wednesday, April 9
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“Afghanistan After the Drawdown”

Seth G. Jones, Associate Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation 
Wednesday, April 9
Informational Session on the Peace Corps

Brett Heimann, Regional Recruitor, Peace Corps, Midwest Regional Office

Wednesday, April 9

Great Decisions Lecture
“Climate Change” 

Mr. Eric Rutkow, Author of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, And the Making of a Nation

Tuesday, April 22

“Human Trafficking Across the Globe”

Alex Kaminski, Norman Miller Center Intern

Focused on international human trafficking policy and how other nations react to human trafficking.

Thursday, April 24
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“Global Gender Gaps”

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations 
Monday, April 28
Eco Film Series
“Vanishing of the Bees”

Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club

2016-17

Date  Event
Aug. 31, 2016
Solidarity in a Time of Bias, Hate and Violence

Sept. 6 - 8. 2016
Voter Registration Drive

Sept. 8, 2016
"The True Cost" - Film screening and discussion
Sponsored by Fashion This Series
 
Sept. 16, 2016 U.S. Constitution Day
 
Sept. 22, 2016

2016 St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award Presentation and Reception
Presented to Shirlyn Miller in recognition of her steadfast support of peace and justice initiatives in our community.

Sept. 21, 2106 International Day of Peace
 
Sept. 22, 2016

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

“The Word Peace and the Word Justice, and Why Sometimes the Peacemakers Are Blessed (But Only Sometimes)”

By William Miller
Thomas G. Long Professor of Law
University of Michigan

Sept. 26, 2016
First Presidential Debate Watch Party
 
Oct. 3, 2016

Visual Art and Social Statements

By Fr. Jim Neilson, O.Praem., Assistant Professor of Art  
and Dr. Brandon Bauer, Assistant Professor of Art 

The panel will discuss the history of art and social engagement with a focus on primary historic and contemporary examples of artists engaging with the social issues of their time. 
 
Oct. 4, 2016

Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
 
Oct. 9, 2016  Second Presidential Debate Watch Party
 
Oct. 24, 2016
“The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Up Close and Personal”
By Robert Kramer, Ph.D.
Professor of History
St. Norbert College
Oct. 29, 2016
Nonviolence Training Day: Developing the Skills for Social Change
By Jim Handley, UW-Stout
Co-sponsored by The Norman Miller Center and Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies 
Nov. 8, 2016 Election Day
Nov. 8, 2016

Election Watch Party
Nov. 10, 2016
Salam Neighbor - Film Viewing
Salam (Hello) Neighbor is a film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. The film follows the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers ever allowed to be registered and given a tent inside Za'atari, the Jordanian refugee camp near the Syrian border, which is home to over 80,000 Syrian refugees. 
Nov. 30, 2016
What Can a President Do?
The recent presidential election has prompted a national conversation about what President-Elect Trump actually has the power to change during his presidency. In this program, we'll look at what power the American president actually has, and what citizens can do to either support or oppose these changes. 
Feb. 1, 2017 2017 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2017 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Feb. 23, 2017

Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty - a book discussion
By Kate Hennessy

Kate Hennessy is a writer and the youngest of Dorothy Day’s nine grandchildren. Her work has appeared in Best American Travel Writing. Kate attended New York University and the School for International Living in Vermont. She has traveled and worked around the world, including as a counselor at an international summer camp in the former USSR, ESL Teacher in Guatemala and to Tibetan refugees in India, and as a curator at a small Vermont museum. She has also walked 750 kilometers on el Camino de Santiago in Spain. Kate divides her time between Ireland and Vermont.

March 2, 2017 The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding“Growing up Palestinian in Israel: One Man's Journey from Revenge to Reconciliation”
By Aziz Abu Sarah, co-founder and co-CEO of MEJDI Tours

View the recording.

March 7, 2017 "Seeking Refuge" 
An open house gallery and interactive discussion about the refugee journey through the eyes of children. Featured the artwork and stories of refugee children from various conflict zones. Don't miss the unique opportunity to see the powerful drawings that trace their journey from their home country to asylum in Europe!

Our interactive discussion, consisted of reflections from Dr. Pyne (Norman Miller Center), Dr. Osgood (Education) and Dr. Yesiltas (Political Science), all of whom have experience working with refugees or studying the recent wave of refugees into Europe.
March 8, 2017 Peace Corps Information Session
By Jason Lemberg, regional recruiter for Peace Corps
March 23, 2017 What's in your water? Drinking Water Contamination in Wisconsin: A Panel Discussion
Cosponsored with the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
March 27, 2017 The Mitzvah Project: A One-Person Play and Lecture
By Roger Grunwald

They were called “mischlinge,” a Nazi term meaning “mixed blood” or, more crudely, “half-breed.” It was used to describe Germans descended from one or two Jewish grandparents. By the outbreak of the Second World War, tens of thousands of “mischlinge” were serving in the German armed forces. The Mitzvah (the play), conceived, co-written and performed by actor and child of survivor, Roger Grunwald, tells the tragic story of a German half-Jew who became a decorated officer in Hitler’s army. The Mitzvah is co-authored and directed by Broadway veteran, Annie McGreevey. The lecture examines the historical conditions that produced two centuries of German-Jewish striving, intermarriage and conversion, which, in turn, produced over a hundred thousand “mischlinge” soldiers.

March 30-31, 2017 Wisconsin Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies Conference
Gender, Peace, and Conflict: Toward a Deeper Understanding
An interdisciplinary conference for students and faculty at Alverno College in Milwaukee.

 
April 6, 2017 Better Together Day
Better Together Day celebrates interfaith dialogue and service on campuses around the country. Part of the Interfaith Youth Core, Better Together Day events vary every year and at every campus. 

April 28, 2017 Arbor Day - Tree Planting Ceremony

2015-16

Date  Event
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
SNC Day 
The Norman Miller Center will be hosting an open housing including a variety of children's activities. 
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
International Day of Peace

 
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Livestream of Pope Francis' Address to Congress
This event, co-sponsored by the Norman Miller Center, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, and the Green Bay Diocese, will be followed by discussion of the Pope’s message. Likely topics include immigration, income inequality, and non-partisan cooperation.
 
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

“Imagining Heschel”: Catholicism and Other Religions, a Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
By Colin Greer, author and president of the New World Foundation

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding presents "Imagining Heschel," a reading of a short play by Colin Greer about Rabbi Abraham Heschel's dialogue with Catholic leaders during the Second Vatican Council. This event marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Council's historic statement about Judaism and other religions.

The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the author, Colin Greer and Fr. John Pawlikowski, former President of the International Council of Christians and Jews.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
Livestream of Pope Francis' Address to the United Nations and Interfaith Service
The Pope is to address the United Nations General Assembly at 7:30 a.m., and he will then participate in an interfaith prayer service at the 9/11 memorial at 10:30 a.m. Likely topics for the UN address include climate change, the global economy and the refugee crisis. In between that address and the prayer service, we will host a discussion that will include participants from the previous evening’s Miller Lecture. This event is co-sponsored by the Norman Miller Center, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality and the Diocese of Green Bay.

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

Eid al Adha Celebration

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

2015 St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award Presentation and Reception
Presented to Victor Ochen, founder of the African Youth Initiative Network and nominee for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Social Justice Fair
Come discover how YOU can get involved in social justice organizations on campus! You'll learn about the different forms of social justice work and then have the opportunity to meet representatives from organizations that match your interests.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
This will be the first of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. The discussion this evening will focus on economic implications of climate change. 
 

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Peace Corps Information Session
Brett Heimann
, Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps Regional Office  
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
Be the Change You Want to See: Introduction to Community Organizing
Dennis Donovan from Public Achievement
 

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

We Can't Look Away: A Conversation About the World Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
This will be the second of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. This event will focus on religious implications of the encyclical.  
Nov. 16-20, 2015  International Education Week
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Fair Trade Expo
The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding is putting on a fair trade expo. Come sample fair trade goods including coffee, tea and chocolate, and learn more about how you can be a better informed consumer. 
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Human Rights Day

Wednesday, Feb. 3. 2016
"Trials of Spring" - film viewing
A feature-length documentary. Six short films. Nine women fighting for peace.
Monday Feb. 8, 2016
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Tuesday, Feb. 9. 2016
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
This will be the third of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. This event will focus on the political impact of climate change. Sponsored by the Norman Miller Center.
Monday, Feb. 29-Friday, April 1, 2016  “Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery”
A gallery exhibition of photography by Lisa Kristine
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
“The Faces of Modern Day Slavery,” a Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
By Lisa Kristine, humanitarian photographer
Tuesday, March 29, 2016  Fair and Ethical Trade: Working Alongside Catholic Relief Services to Create Sustainable Change
Join us for a reception in the Baer Gallery to view the exhibition of Lisa Kristine's work on modern day slavery. In addition, come learn about the work of Catholic Relief Services on behalf of fair and ethical trade worldwide and how you can help to make a difference.
Thursday, April 7, 2016 Better Together Day
Better Together Day celebrates interfaith dialogue and service on campuses around the country. Part of the Interfaith Youth Core, Better Together Day events vary every year and at every campus. Look forward to hearing more about SNC's Better Together Day celebration on April 6th (Advisement Day) and April 7 (Better Together Day). 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Grad school? Peace Corps? How about BOTH? - Peace Corps Masters International 
by Hans Lechner
PhD candidate in Geology, Michigan Tech University
Graduate of Peace Corps Masters International program, Jamaica (’99-’01) and El Salvador (’07-’08)

The Peace Corps Master's International program offers a unique opportunity to pair graduate studies at one of more than 100 U.S. academic institutions with Volunteer service abroad. Established in 1987, Master's International equips Peace Corps Volunteers with the education and skills to serve successfully abroad—and, in turn, helps you earn your advanced degree. 
Monday, May 9, 2016
The Pope's Encyclical: Forming Consciousness for Faithful Citizenship
by Bishop Richard Pates
Des Moines Diocese

The Norman Miller Center and the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, present Bishop Richard Pates from the Des Moines Diocese to speak on Laudato Si and climate change.
May 17 - June 2, 2016 The Israel-Palestine Experience, 2016
Open to all members of the SNC community, this trip will enable participants to see historic sites we have heard about our whole lives—places like Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Sea of Galilee—while deepening our understanding of the issues and events that have so long divided this land. 

2014-15

Date
Event
Thursday, Sept. 4 St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Ceremony & Reception
Deacon Juan Barajas was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Ambassador of Peace Award. The event included the award ceremony and reception.  
Thursday, Sept. 11 Social Justice Fair
Quick info sessions followed by community time for students to ask questions of social justice organization representatives.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Leadership, Student Engagement & First Year Experience, and the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding. 
Tuesday, Oct. 14

Ebola: Facts & Misconceptions
A presentation on the Ebola outbreak and human dignity. 

Thursday, Oct. 16 Witness for Peace
The Norman Miller Center hosted Witness for Peace-Upper Midwest and two inspiring speakers from CACTUS, a Colombian advocacy organization that encourages women flower workers to fight for their rights by offering legal advice and support programs.
Friday, Oct. 17 Pizza & Politics
Wisconsin Governor's debate viewing.
Tuesday, Oct. 21 Red, White & You: Voting Your Conscience
Brown County Judge Marc Hammer talked about how to vote according to your personalities and beliefs. 
Religious Freedom Day
Tuesday, Oct. 28 “The Recruitment of Human Race Activists”
A Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

Dr. James Forbes
The Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary
Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church
President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation 
Wednesday, Oct. 29 Walk in Our Shoes Immigration Simulation
The Walk in Our Shoes immigration simulation gave participants a hands-on opportunity to learn about the problems and obstacles faced by Latino migrants living in our community and throughout the country.

Co-sponsored by Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Multicultural Student Services; and the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & PublicUnderstanding.
Tuesday, Nov. 4 Election Watch Party
Tuesday, Nov. 11 The War Comes Home
A documentary on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. 
November 17-21
International Education Week
Tuesday, Nov. 18 Peace Corps Information Session
Presented by Brett Heimann 

Thursday, Feb. 5

Fair Trade Expo
The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice, and Public Understanding at St. Norbert College and the Diocese of Green Bay Living Justice Department are teamed up to put on a fair trade expo.
Monday, March 9 “The Moral Imagination: Conflict Transformation in the Contemporary World”
A Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

John Paul Lederach
Professor of International Peacebuilding, Director of Peace Accords Matrix
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame 
Tuesday, March 31
"Disputed Land, Common Ground: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
A provocative panel discussion with experienced panelists exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its prospects for peace.

Atalia Omer – Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies, Notre Dame University
Robert Kramer – Professor of History, St. Norbert College
Ali R. Abootalebi – Associate Professor of Political Science, UW-Eau Claire
Fouad AlKhouri – St. Norbert College, Intern, Norman Miller Center  
Wednesday, April 8 Great Decisions Lecture Series
Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
Dr. Kennedy will talk about the various treaties and laws to prevent human trafficking and examine the root of the problem that enables traffickers to exploit millions of victims.

Dr. Ellen Kennedy
Executive Director, World Without Genocide 
Wednesday, April 22 Great Decisions Lecture Series
Many of the current conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. Dr. Ishay will discuss how sectarianism fits into a larger narrative of the Middle East, how governments have manipulated sectarian differences and what the U.S. is doing about it.

Dr. Micheline Ishay
Distinguished Professor of Human Rights and International Studies, University of Denver  

2013-14

Date Event
Thursday, Sept. 19
St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award Ceremony and Reception
Fr. Jack MacCarthy, Chuck MacCarthy and Peg MacCarthy were honored as the co-recipients of the 2013 Ambassador of Peace Award. The event included an award ceremony and reception. 
Wednesday, Oct. 16

“Changing Seasons in the Middle East: The Impact on Human Rights”

Micheline Ishay
Distinguished Professor of International Studies and Human Rights
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Thursday, Oct. 24

“How To Be a Socially Engaged Student”

Co-sponsored by ALIVE and the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding. 

Nov. 10-16

International Education Week

Nov. 16-24

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Wednesday, Nov. 20

“Truth 101: Just War”

When is it okay to go to war? Where does your stance on just war derive from? What is a justifiable cause for war? Campus Ministry and the Norman Miller Center presented a respectful, inter-religious dialogue featuring Judaism, Christianity, Muslim and Secular perspectives.  

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Series on Human Trafficking
“Human Trafficking: Closer Than We Think”
Katelyn Cashman of the Cabrini Mission Corps

Human Trafficking is not just an overseas tragedy. We are each more connected to this issue than we would like to think. By being aware of our own connections to trafficking we can take action that will help end this human rights abuse. 

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Great Decisions Lecture
“Energy Independence”

Michael Craft, Emeritus Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Great Decisions Lecture
“Islamic Awakening” 

Robert Kramer, Professor of History, St. Norbert College

Thursday, Feb. 20

“Inequality for All”
Film Screening

NASPA’s Lead Initiative provided an opportunity to participate in a simultaneous screening of U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s film, Inequality for All at campuses across the country. This film, honored at Sundance and other film festivals, highlights income inequality in America and challenges all of us to consider how we can protect the American worker and the middle class.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Great Decisions Lecture
“Is China’s Dream a Nightmare for America and the Rest of the World?” 

Marty Finkler, John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professor in American Economic System, Lawrence University
Thursday, Feb. 27
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“China’s Resource Quest”

Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations 

Thursday, Feb. 27

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
“Interfaith Leadership on America's Sacred Ground” 

Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core

Tuesday, March 4

Series on Human Trafficking
“Half the Sky” Documentary and Letter-writing Pledge

Wednesday, March 5

Great Decisions Lecture
“Turkey's Challenges”

Sinan Ciddi, Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University

Monday, March 10

Eco Film Series
“Trashed” 

Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club
Wednesday, March 12
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“Overdoing or Underdoing: Why Can’t American Foreign Policy Do Better?”

Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Urasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations 

Wednesday, March 12

Great Decisions Lecture
“Defense Technology” 

Mr. Shawn Brimley, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security

Tuesday, March 25

Series on Human Trafficking
“Why I Care” and Freedom Footprint 

Human trafficking is an issue that transcends language, race, sex, gender, etc. Participants learned why taking a stand on human trafficking is our responsibility.

Wednesday, March 26

Great Decisions Lecture
“Israel and the U.S.” 

Fred Kaplan, CNN, Author of The Insurgents and the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
Thursday, March 27
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“Update on the Congo”

Jason Stearns, Director of the Usalama Progrect and Research Program on Congolese Armed Groups, Rift Valley Institute
Monday, March 31
Eco Film Series
“Sun Come Up”

Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club

Wednesday, April 2

Great Decisions Lecture
“U.S. Trade Policy” 

Art Cyr, Director of A.W. Clausen Center for World Business, Carthage College

Tuesday, April 8

Series on Human Trafficking
“Wrap Up: Fact vs. Fiction”

Discussed fact vs. fiction on human trafficking. To facilitate positive change there was an atmosphere of respect and time for the St. Norbert Community to take a stand against modern day slavery. 
Wednesday, April 9
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“Afghanistan After the Drawdown”

Seth G. Jones, Associate Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation 
Wednesday, April 9
Informational Session on the Peace Corps

Brett Heimann, Regional Recruitor, Peace Corps, Midwest Regional Office

Wednesday, April 9

Great Decisions Lecture
“Climate Change” 

Mr. Eric Rutkow, Author of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, And the Making of a Nation

Tuesday, April 22

“Human Trafficking Across the Globe”

Alex Kaminski, Norman Miller Center Intern

Focused on international human trafficking policy and how other nations react to human trafficking.

Thursday, April 24
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series
“Global Gender Gaps”

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations 
Monday, April 28
Eco Film Series
“Vanishing of the Bees”

Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club
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