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2017-18

Date  
Event
Sept. 16, 2017
SNC Day
Sept. 27, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“The Role of the United Nations in Global Governance”

Speaker: Samantha Power
Harvard University
Sept. 27, 2017

"Welcoming Refugees: A Community Conversation
The Norman Miller Center hosted a conversation about refugee integration in communities. Honored guests included representatives from Sweden and a co-founder of COMSA, a local Somali resource organization.
Sept. 28, 2017
Documentary Night!

"The White Helmets"
A Netflix documentary that follows a group of Syrian first responders as they risk their lives in the midst of violence in Syria and Turkey.
Oct. 11, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“U.S.-Latin America Relations

Speaker: Shannon K. O'Neil
Council on Foreign Relations 
Oct. 17, 2017

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

“Which Common Good? Rethinking Religion, Self-Interest and Agency”

By Joerg Rieger, Ph.D.
Cal Turner Chancellor's Chair of Wesleyan Studies 
Distinguished Professor of Theology, Vanderbilt University
View the lecture recording.

Oct. 25, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“Dashed Hopes of the Arab Spring

Speaker: Steven A. Cook
Council on Foreign Relations
Oct. 25, 2017

Breaking Barriers in Fashion
Mariah Idrissi is the world’s first hijab wearing model to be signed to ‘Select’ models and featured in a global campaign for H&M. As well as a model, she is an international public speaker promoting female empowerment and is part of a growing movement bringing modest fashion to the masses regardless of faith or background.
Oct. 26, 2017
Documentary Night!

"13th"
A Netflix documentary that explores racial inequality in the United States with a particular focus on the disporportionate representation of African-Americans in U.S. prisons.
Nov. 6, 2017
Slave: A Human Trafficking Survivor Finds Life
Jabali Smith was a 6-yr-old in Berkeley, California when he was trafficked along with his sister over the border into Mexico and held captive by a messianic doomsday sex cult. Smith sharde his journey as a child slave; the escape and the eventual rise from the ashes of tragedy. A story of unimaginable suffering followed by the discovery of success, love, compassion and forgiveness.
Nov. 8, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“Conflict Prevention and Mitigation

Speaker: Paul B. Stares
Council on Foreign Relations
Nov. 8, 2017
Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land
Dr. Robert Kramer
Professor of History
St. Norbert College

This lecture surveyed the history of inter-faith relations in Palestine, from the advent of Islam in the 7th century, through the era of the Ottoman Empire, up to the present, with particular emphasis on the modern period. It also included observations and images from the 2016 and 2017 St. Norbert College summer trips to Israel and the West Bank.
Nov. 15, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“Revolutionary Movements and International Relations

Speaker: Jack A. Goldstone
George Mason University
Nov. 28, 2017
Crossfading Wisconsin
Should 19-year-olds be able to drink? Should Wisconsin legalize marijuana? Wisconsin lawmakers have been debating this question, and the answer could affect you. A discussion of these questions.
Nov. 29, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“The State of the World

Speaker: Richard N. Haass
President, Council on Foreign Relations 
Nov. 30, 2017
Documentary Night!

Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom
A Netflix documentary about a civil rights movement in Ukraine that erupts after a peaceful, student protest turns violent.
Dec. 10, 2017
International Human Rights Day
Jan. 26, 2018
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jeffrey Gingold is the son of a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and author of "Tunnel, Smuggle, Collect: A Holocaust Boy," a biography based upon the hidden video and audio recordings of interviews with his father and grandmother. Gingold is an outspoken advocate for Holocaust education who discusses his father's epic survival and unforeseen life twists in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Feb. 23, 2018
St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award Presentation, Reception and Lecture
Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College and Founder of the International Youth Citizenship Initiative in Public Achievement, was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Ambassador of Peace Award. The event included an award ceremony, reception and lecture. 
Feb. 24, 2018
Conference: “Invigorating Democracy and Public Work
The conference will feature Harry Boyte (Augsburg College), Micheline Ishay (University of Denver), Harvey Kaye (UW-Green Bay), Alison Staudinger (UW-Green Bay) and more. Students are invited to submit poster projects on the conference theme, with the poster session running concurrently with lunch and breakouts. 
Feb. 26 - March 29, 2018
Oliver Ressler Exhibition – Catastrophe Bonds
March 1, 2018
Panel Discussion - "Visual Art, Social Action, and Grassroots Democracy"
In conjunction with the exhibition Oliver Ressler - Catastrophe Bonds, a multi-site survey of the work of Austrian artist Oliver Ressler in the galleries at St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, this panel aimed to examine the current state of aesthetics and politics in light of recent social movements and contemporary challenges to democracy. 
Moderator: Katie Ries
Panelists:
Laurie Beth Clark, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nicolas Lampert, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Oliver Ressler, international visiting scholar
March 22, 2018
The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

“Disturbing Aesthetics of Race”

By M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D.
Professor of Systematic Theology
Boston College
View the lecture recording.
April 9-13, 2018

The Mystical Arts of Tibet - Mandala Sand Painting
Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery
The Mandala is a sacred cosmogram used as an object of contemplation. It depicts the pure nature of the world in which we live as well as how we can live most effectively.

April 10, 2018

“The Symbolism of the Sand Mandala”
Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery

April 10, 2018
Better Together Day
Better Together Day celebrateds 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 12, 2018

The Mystical Arts of Tibet - Sacred Music and Dance
Performance by the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery

April 22, 2018 Earth Day
April 25, 2018

“Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land: Part Two, The Modern Era”
Dr. Robert Kramer
Professor of History
St. Norbert College

This talk explained the historical background to the conflict in Paletsine since the late Ottoman era, with a special emphasis on the later 20th century.

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, 2016 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)”

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
Fr. Jim Neilson, O.Praem., Assistant Professor of Art
Brandon BauerAssistant Professor of Art 

The panel discussed 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”
Robert Kramer, Ph.D.
Professor of History
St. Norbert College
Oct. 29, 2016
Nonviolence Training Day: Developing the Skills for Social Change
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 2016 presidential election prompted a national conversation about what President-Elect Trump actually has the power to change during his presidency. In this program, we looked at what power the American president actually has, and what citizens can do to either support or oppose 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
Kate Hennessy

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”
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. 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
Jason Lemberg, regional recruiter for Peace Corps
March 23, 2017 ”What's in your water?“ Drinking Water Contamination in Wisconsin: A Panel Discussion
Co-sponsored with the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
March 27, 2017 The Mitzvah Project: A One-Person Play and Lecture
Roger Grunwald
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
Sept. 15, 2015

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

Sept. 19, 2015
SNC Day 
Sept. 21, 2015
International Day of Peace

 
Sept. 24, 2015
Livestream of Pope Francis' Address to Congress
Co-sponsored by the Norman Miller Center, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, and the Green Bay Diocese
Sept. 24, 2015

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

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 marked the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Council's historic statement about Judaism and other religions.

Sept. 25, 2015
Livestream of Pope Francis' Address to the United Nations and Interfaith Service
Co-sponsored by the Norman Miller Center, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality and the Diocese of Green Bay.

The Pope addressed the United Nations General Assembly and he then participated in an interfaith prayer service at the 9/11 memorial.

Sept. 27, 2015

Eid al Adha Celebration

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.

Oct. 6, 2015
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Oct. 6, 2015
Social Justice Fair
Oct. 20, 2015
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
The first of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. The focus was on economic implications of climate change. 
Nov. 4, 2015 Peace Corps Information Session
Brett Heimann, Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps Regional Office  
Nov. 10, 2015
Be the Change You Want to See: Introduction to Community Organizing
Dennis Donovan from Public Achievement
Nov. 12, 2015

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

Nov. 17, 2015
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
The second of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. The focus was on religious implications of the encyclical.  
Nov. 16-20, 2015  International Education Week
Nov. 23, 2015
Fair Trade Expo
Dec. 8, 2015
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.

Dec. 10, 2015

Human Rights Day

Feb. 3. 2016
"Trials of Spring" - film viewing
A feature-length documentary. Six short films. Nine women fighting for peace.
Feb. 8, 2016
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Feb. 9. 2016
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
The final panel discussion regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. The focus was on the political impact of climate change.
Feb. 29-April 1, 2016  “Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery”
A gallery exhibition of photography by Lisa Kristine
March 1, 2016
“The Faces of Modern Day Slavery,” a Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
Lisa Kristine, humanitarian photographer
March 29, 2016  Fair and Ethical Trade: Working Alongside Catholic Relief Services to Create Sustainable Change
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.
April 20, 2016
Grad school? Peace Corps? How about BOTH? - Peace Corps Masters International 
Hans Lechner, Ph.D. 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. 
May 9, 2016
The Pope's Encyclical: Forming Consciousness for Faithful Citizenship
Bishop Richard Pates
Des Moines Diocese
May 17 - June 2, 2016 The Israel-Palestine Experience, 2016

2014-15

Date
Event
Sept. 4, 2014 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.  
Sept. 11, 2014 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. 
Oct. 14, 2014

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

Oct. 16, 2014 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.
Oct. 17, 2014 Pizza & Politics
Wisconsin Governor's debate viewing.
Oct. 21, 2014 Red, White & You: Voting Your Conscience
Brown County Judge Marc Hammer talked about how to vote according to your personalities and beliefs. 
Oct. 28, 2014 “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 
Oct. 29, 2014 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.
Nov. 4, 2014 Election Watch Party
Nov. 11, 2014 The War Comes Home
A documentary on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. 
Nov. 17-21, 2014
International Education Week
Nov. 18, 2014 Peace Corps Information Session
Presented by Brett Heimann 

Feb. 5, 2015

Fair Trade Expo
March 9, 2015 “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 
March 31, 2015
"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.

Panelists:
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  
April 8, 2015 Great Decisions Lecture Series - Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
Dr. Kennedy talked 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 
April 22, 2015 Great Decisions Lecture Series - Middle Eastern Sectarianism
Many of the conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. Dr. Ishay discussed 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
Sept. 19, 2013
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. 
Oct. 16, 2013

“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

Oct. 24, 2013

“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, 2013

International Education Week

Nov. 16-24, 2013

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Nov. 20, 2013

“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.  

Feb. 12, 2014

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

Feb. 12, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Energy Independence”
Michael Craft, Emeritus Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Feb. 19, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Islamic Awakening” 
Robert Kramer, Professor of History, St. Norbert College

Feb. 20, 2014

“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.

Feb. 26, 2014

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
Feb. 27, 2014
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 

Feb. 27, 2014

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

March 4, 2014

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

March 5, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Turkey's Challenges”
Sinan Ciddi, Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University

March 10, 2014

Eco Film Series - “Trashed” 
Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club
March 12, 2014
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 

March 12, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Defense Technology” 
Mr. Shawn Brimley, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security

March 25, 2014

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.

March 26, 2014

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
March 27, 2014
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
March 31, 2014
Eco Film Series - “Sun Come Up”
Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club

April 2, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “U.S. Trade Policy” 
Art Cyr, Director of A.W. Clausen Center for World Business, Carthage College

April 8, 2014

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. 
April 9, 2014
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 
April 9, 2014
Informational Session on the Peace Corps
Brett Heimann, Regional Recruitor, Peace Corps, Midwest Regional Office

April 9, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Climate Change” 
Mr. Eric Rutkow, Author of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, And the Making of a Nation

April 22, 2014

“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.

April 24, 2014
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series - “Global Gender Gaps”
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations 
April 28, 2014
Eco Film Series - “Vanishing of the Bees”
Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club

2017-18

Date  
Event
Sept. 16, 2017
SNC Day
Sept. 27, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“The Role of the United Nations in Global Governance”

Speaker: Samantha Power
Harvard University
Sept. 27, 2017

"Welcoming Refugees: A Community Conversation
The Norman Miller Center hosted a conversation about refugee integration in communities. Honored guests included representatives from Sweden and a co-founder of COMSA, a local Somali resource organization.
Sept. 28, 2017
Documentary Night!

"The White Helmets"
A Netflix documentary that follows a group of Syrian first responders as they risk their lives in the midst of violence in Syria and Turkey.
Oct. 11, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“U.S.-Latin America Relations

Speaker: Shannon K. O'Neil
Council on Foreign Relations 
Oct. 17, 2017

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

“Which Common Good? Rethinking Religion, Self-Interest and Agency”

By Joerg Rieger, Ph.D.
Cal Turner Chancellor's Chair of Wesleyan Studies 
Distinguished Professor of Theology, Vanderbilt University
View the lecture recording.

Oct. 25, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“Dashed Hopes of the Arab Spring

Speaker: Steven A. Cook
Council on Foreign Relations
Oct. 25, 2017

Breaking Barriers in Fashion
Mariah Idrissi is the world’s first hijab wearing model to be signed to ‘Select’ models and featured in a global campaign for H&M. As well as a model, she is an international public speaker promoting female empowerment and is part of a growing movement bringing modest fashion to the masses regardless of faith or background.
Oct. 26, 2017
Documentary Night!

"13th"
A Netflix documentary that explores racial inequality in the United States with a particular focus on the disporportionate representation of African-Americans in U.S. prisons.
Nov. 6, 2017
Slave: A Human Trafficking Survivor Finds Life
Jabali Smith was a 6-yr-old in Berkeley, California when he was trafficked along with his sister over the border into Mexico and held captive by a messianic doomsday sex cult. Smith sharde his journey as a child slave; the escape and the eventual rise from the ashes of tragedy. A story of unimaginable suffering followed by the discovery of success, love, compassion and forgiveness.
Nov. 8, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“Conflict Prevention and Mitigation

Speaker: Paul B. Stares
Council on Foreign Relations
Nov. 8, 2017
Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land
Dr. Robert Kramer
Professor of History
St. Norbert College

This lecture surveyed the history of inter-faith relations in Palestine, from the advent of Islam in the 7th century, through the era of the Ottoman Empire, up to the present, with particular emphasis on the modern period. It also included observations and images from the 2016 and 2017 St. Norbert College summer trips to Israel and the West Bank.
Nov. 15, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“Revolutionary Movements and International Relations

Speaker: Jack A. Goldstone
George Mason University
Nov. 28, 2017
Crossfading Wisconsin
Should 19-year-olds be able to drink? Should Wisconsin legalize marijuana? Wisconsin lawmakers have been debating this question, and the answer could affect you. A discussion of these questions.
Nov. 29, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations - Fall 2017 Academic Conference Call Series

“The State of the World

Speaker: Richard N. Haass
President, Council on Foreign Relations 
Nov. 30, 2017
Documentary Night!

Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom
A Netflix documentary about a civil rights movement in Ukraine that erupts after a peaceful, student protest turns violent.
Dec. 10, 2017
International Human Rights Day
Jan. 26, 2018
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jeffrey Gingold is the son of a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and author of "Tunnel, Smuggle, Collect: A Holocaust Boy," a biography based upon the hidden video and audio recordings of interviews with his father and grandmother. Gingold is an outspoken advocate for Holocaust education who discusses his father's epic survival and unforeseen life twists in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Feb. 23, 2018
St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award Presentation, Reception and Lecture
Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College and Founder of the International Youth Citizenship Initiative in Public Achievement, was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Ambassador of Peace Award. The event included an award ceremony, reception and lecture. 
Feb. 24, 2018
Conference: “Invigorating Democracy and Public Work
The conference will feature Harry Boyte (Augsburg College), Micheline Ishay (University of Denver), Harvey Kaye (UW-Green Bay), Alison Staudinger (UW-Green Bay) and more. Students are invited to submit poster projects on the conference theme, with the poster session running concurrently with lunch and breakouts. 
Feb. 26 - March 29, 2018
Oliver Ressler Exhibition – Catastrophe Bonds
March 1, 2018
Panel Discussion - "Visual Art, Social Action, and Grassroots Democracy"
In conjunction with the exhibition Oliver Ressler - Catastrophe Bonds, a multi-site survey of the work of Austrian artist Oliver Ressler in the galleries at St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, this panel aimed to examine the current state of aesthetics and politics in light of recent social movements and contemporary challenges to democracy. 
Moderator: Katie Ries
Panelists:
Laurie Beth Clark, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nicolas Lampert, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Oliver Ressler, international visiting scholar
March 22, 2018
The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

“Disturbing Aesthetics of Race”

By M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D.
Professor of Systematic Theology
Boston College
View the lecture recording.
April 9-13, 2018

The Mystical Arts of Tibet - Mandala Sand Painting
Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery
The Mandala is a sacred cosmogram used as an object of contemplation. It depicts the pure nature of the world in which we live as well as how we can live most effectively.

April 10, 2018

“The Symbolism of the Sand Mandala”
Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery

April 10, 2018
Better Together Day
Better Together Day celebrateds 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 12, 2018

The Mystical Arts of Tibet - Sacred Music and Dance
Performance by the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery

April 22, 2018 Earth Day
April 25, 2018

“Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land: Part Two, The Modern Era”
Dr. Robert Kramer
Professor of History
St. Norbert College

This talk explained the historical background to the conflict in Paletsine since the late Ottoman era, with a special emphasis on the later 20th century.

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, 2016 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)”

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
Fr. Jim Neilson, O.Praem., Assistant Professor of Art
Brandon BauerAssistant Professor of Art 

The panel discussed 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”
Robert Kramer, Ph.D.
Professor of History
St. Norbert College
Oct. 29, 2016
Nonviolence Training Day: Developing the Skills for Social Change
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 2016 presidential election prompted a national conversation about what President-Elect Trump actually has the power to change during his presidency. In this program, we looked at what power the American president actually has, and what citizens can do to either support or oppose 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
Kate Hennessy

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”
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. 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
Jason Lemberg, regional recruiter for Peace Corps
March 23, 2017 ”What's in your water?“ Drinking Water Contamination in Wisconsin: A Panel Discussion
Co-sponsored with the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
March 27, 2017 The Mitzvah Project: A One-Person Play and Lecture
Roger Grunwald
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
Sept. 15, 2015

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

Sept. 19, 2015
SNC Day 
Sept. 21, 2015
International Day of Peace

 
Sept. 24, 2015
Livestream of Pope Francis' Address to Congress
Co-sponsored by the Norman Miller Center, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, and the Green Bay Diocese
Sept. 24, 2015

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

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 marked the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Council's historic statement about Judaism and other religions.

Sept. 25, 2015
Livestream of Pope Francis' Address to the United Nations and Interfaith Service
Co-sponsored by the Norman Miller Center, the Norbertine Center for Spirituality and the Diocese of Green Bay.

The Pope addressed the United Nations General Assembly and he then participated in an interfaith prayer service at the 9/11 memorial.

Sept. 27, 2015

Eid al Adha Celebration

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.

Oct. 6, 2015
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Oct. 6, 2015
Social Justice Fair
Oct. 20, 2015
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
The first of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. The focus was on economic implications of climate change. 
Nov. 4, 2015 Peace Corps Information Session
Brett Heimann, Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps Regional Office  
Nov. 10, 2015
Be the Change You Want to See: Introduction to Community Organizing
Dennis Donovan from Public Achievement
Nov. 12, 2015

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

Nov. 17, 2015
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
The second of three panel discussions regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. The focus was on religious implications of the encyclical.  
Nov. 16-20, 2015  International Education Week
Nov. 23, 2015
Fair Trade Expo
Dec. 8, 2015
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.

Dec. 10, 2015

Human Rights Day

Feb. 3. 2016
"Trials of Spring" - film viewing
A feature-length documentary. Six short films. Nine women fighting for peace.
Feb. 8, 2016
2016 Israel/Palestine Trip Meeting
A meeting for students about the summer 2016 trip to Israel and Palestine.
Feb. 9. 2016
Panel Discussion on Laudato Si
The final panel discussion regarding the new papal encyclical, which deals with climate change. The focus was on the political impact of climate change.
Feb. 29-April 1, 2016  “Enslaved: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery”
A gallery exhibition of photography by Lisa Kristine
March 1, 2016
“The Faces of Modern Day Slavery,” a Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
Lisa Kristine, humanitarian photographer
March 29, 2016  Fair and Ethical Trade: Working Alongside Catholic Relief Services to Create Sustainable Change
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.
April 20, 2016
Grad school? Peace Corps? How about BOTH? - Peace Corps Masters International 
Hans Lechner, Ph.D. 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. 
May 9, 2016
The Pope's Encyclical: Forming Consciousness for Faithful Citizenship
Bishop Richard Pates
Des Moines Diocese
May 17 - June 2, 2016 The Israel-Palestine Experience, 2016

2014-15

Date
Event
Sept. 4, 2014 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.  
Sept. 11, 2014 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. 
Oct. 14, 2014

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

Oct. 16, 2014 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.
Oct. 17, 2014 Pizza & Politics
Wisconsin Governor's debate viewing.
Oct. 21, 2014 Red, White & You: Voting Your Conscience
Brown County Judge Marc Hammer talked about how to vote according to your personalities and beliefs. 
Oct. 28, 2014 “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 
Oct. 29, 2014 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.
Nov. 4, 2014 Election Watch Party
Nov. 11, 2014 The War Comes Home
A documentary on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. 
Nov. 17-21, 2014
International Education Week
Nov. 18, 2014 Peace Corps Information Session
Presented by Brett Heimann 

Feb. 5, 2015

Fair Trade Expo
March 9, 2015 “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 
March 31, 2015
"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.

Panelists:
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  
April 8, 2015 Great Decisions Lecture Series - Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
Dr. Kennedy talked 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 
April 22, 2015 Great Decisions Lecture Series - Middle Eastern Sectarianism
Many of the conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. Dr. Ishay discussed 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
Sept. 19, 2013
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. 
Oct. 16, 2013

“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

Oct. 24, 2013

“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, 2013

International Education Week

Nov. 16-24, 2013

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Nov. 20, 2013

“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.  

Feb. 12, 2014

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

Feb. 12, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Energy Independence”
Michael Craft, Emeritus Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Feb. 19, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Islamic Awakening” 
Robert Kramer, Professor of History, St. Norbert College

Feb. 20, 2014

“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.

Feb. 26, 2014

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
Feb. 27, 2014
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 

Feb. 27, 2014

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

March 4, 2014

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

March 5, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Turkey's Challenges”
Sinan Ciddi, Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University

March 10, 2014

Eco Film Series - “Trashed” 
Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club
March 12, 2014
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 

March 12, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Defense Technology” 
Mr. Shawn Brimley, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security

March 25, 2014

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.

March 26, 2014

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
March 27, 2014
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
March 31, 2014
Eco Film Series - “Sun Come Up”
Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club

April 2, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “U.S. Trade Policy” 
Art Cyr, Director of A.W. Clausen Center for World Business, Carthage College

April 8, 2014

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. 
April 9, 2014
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 
April 9, 2014
Informational Session on the Peace Corps
Brett Heimann, Regional Recruitor, Peace Corps, Midwest Regional Office

April 9, 2014

Great Decisions Lecture - “Climate Change” 
Mr. Eric Rutkow, Author of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, And the Making of a Nation

April 22, 2014

“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.

April 24, 2014
Spring 2014 Academic Conference Call Series - “Global Gender Gaps”
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations 
April 28, 2014
Eco Film Series - “Vanishing of the Bees”
Sponsored by the SNC Environmental Club
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