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MARQUETTE “The Art and Practice of Forgiveness” to be celebrated during Mission Week 2014 By Christopher Stolarski
In her powerful 2007 book, Left to Tell: Ilibagiza will share her story of the Rwandan Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, genocide, reflecting a depth of suffering beyond Immaculée Ilibagiza wrote, “I knew that my what most people will ever experience. In the heart and mind would always be tempted to feel midst of losing nearly everyone dear to her and anger — to find blame and hate. But I resolved being threatened to the point of death, she now that when the negative feelings came upon me, I stands as a beacon of forgiveness for others. wouldn’t wait for them to grow or fester. I would “Immaculée is gifted, as some are, with the always turn immediately to the Source of all true ability to love and forgive after being ground power: I would turn to God and let His love and down by the hatred of others,” Russell says. forgiveness protect and save me.” “When we see love rise above evil, it is a A 23-year-old engineering compelling experience, and we student when the Rwandan are all better for it. Her courage, genocide began in 1994, Ilibagiza faith and humanity call us all to the art & survived by hiding with seven become better people.” practice of other Tutsi women in a small A reception and book signing bathroom at the home of her will follow the speech. Free tickets Hutu pastor. After 91 days, she are available to Marquette faculty, emerged to discover a horrible staff and students in the AMU, reality: all of the other members Brooks Lounge. There is a limit of her family had been murdered of two tickets per MUID. at the hands of Hutu Interahamwe The Power of Forgiveness will be soldiers, with the exception of a screened at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, brother who was studying abroad Feb. 5, in Cudahy, 001. The film at the time. Ilibagiza’s harrowing explores recent research into the personal tale will highlight Mission psychological and physical effects Week 2014: The Art and Practice of forgiveness on individuals and of Forgiveness, which runs within relationships, and examFeb. 2–7. The weeklong celebraines the role forgiveness holds in tion of Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit various faiths traditions. It includes foundations will also feature the feature stories on the Amish, the film The Power of Forgiveness, 9/11 tragedy and peace-building an all-campus book discussion in Northern Ireland, along and speakers from a variety of with interviews with renowned faith traditions. Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, “We are especially happy Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and to welcome Mission Week speakers from best-selling authors Thomas Moore, Marianne a diversity of religious traditions,” says Dr. Williamson and others. Stephanie Russell, vice president for mission The all-campus book discussion will be on and ministry. “Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits Sikh speakers will all offer their perspectives of Forgiveness, which recounts author Simon on forgiveness. This engagement of other reliWiesenthal’s experience in a concentration camp gious traditions is an important element of our during the Holocaust and his journey toward Catholic identity and a wonderful chance to forgiveness. Discussion sessions will be held think about forgiveness in nuanced ways.” at various times Monday through Wednesday. In a keynote address Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Copies of the book are available from the Office 4 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom, of Mission and Ministry or the Bookmarq.
Mission Week 2014 Feb. 2–7
SUNDAY, FEB. 2 Mission Week Mass Celebrated by Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J., associate vice president for mission and ministry 11:30 a.m. ; Church of the Gesu
MONDAY, FEB. 3 “Rethinking Christian Forgiveness: Theological, Philosophical and Psychological Explorations” Rev. James Voiss, S.J. 7 p.m. ; AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
TUESDAY, FEB. 4 Keynote address: “Forgiving the Unforgivable” Immaculée Ilibagiza 4 p.m. ; AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5 Leading from the Spirit luncheon and panel discussion: “Women, Faith and Forgiveness” Noon to 1 p.m. ; AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms ABE “God of Our Fathers and Mothers: Forgiveness in an Interfaith World” Rabbi Abie Ingber 4 p.m. ; AMU, Monaghan Ballroom (reservations required) Film: The Power of Forgiveness 7:30 p.m. ; Cudahy Hall, 001
THURSDAY, FEB. 6 “Race and Reconciliation” Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theology 4 p.m. ; Weasler Auditorium
FRIDAY, FEB. 7 “Celebrating God’s Mercy” Timothy Johnston, assistant director of Campus Ministry Noon ; AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family Examination of Consciousness: A Reflection on Forgiveness 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ; AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family For more information about Mission Week 2014, a complete schedule of events, and RSVP and ticketing information, visit marquette.edu/missionweek.
CAM PU S H A P P E N I N GS Four new exhibitions open at Haggerty Museum of Art The Haggerty Museum of Art is featuring four new exhibitions that run through May 18. Brian Ulrich: Copia — Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001–2011, investigates the American consumer psyche from exuberant excess to closed malls and empty parking lots. Between Critique and Absorption: Contemporary Art and Consumer Culture, uses post-consumer plastic waste, discarded clothing, receipts and common household goods to expose consumption as a flawed but enduring societal impulse. Aesthetic Afterlife: An Exhibition by the Chipstone Foundation, addresses the problems America’s “throw-away culture”raises by using old objects to create beautiful works of art. The Print Room: An Exhibition by the Chipstone Foundation, showcases transfer-printed ceramics and their role in print culture.
Nominate a colleague for an Excellence in University Service Award Nominations for this year’s Excellence in University Service Awards will be accepted until Friday, March 21. The application can be found at marquette.edu/excellence/. This is an opportunity for Marquette employees to nominate colleagues who demonstrate and support the Ignatian ideal of care for others and carry out the mission of the university. Candidates should be nominated based on service that is above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their position. Four employees will be chosen to receive Excellence in University Service Awards. Faculty members, deans and vice presidents are not eligible. Nominations from 2013 were kept on file for consideration this year.