Saint Martin’s professors to lead international relations forum

Birkenstein and Price focusing on dialogue between soldiers and civilians

Feb. 12, 2008

Members of the Saint Martin’s community are invited to attend an international relations forum tomorrow, Feb. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Grandstaff Library at Fort Lewis. SMU Assistant Professor of English Jeff Birkenstein, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Anthropology/Sociology David Price, Ph.D., will lead a discussion on the topic, “Continuing the Conversation: Soldier and Civilian after 9/11.” The event is free and open to Saint Martin’s students, faculty and students as well as Fort Lewis soldiers, civilian employees, families and retirees. Attendees may bring a sack lunch; cookies and coffee will be provided.

The hour-long conversation will focus on the need to foster communication between soldier and civilian in this difficult post-9/11 era. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the discussion and share ideas, stories and questions.

This international lecture forum is part of a series presented collaboratively by Saint Martin’s University, Troy University, the Stone Education Center and the library systems at Fort Lewis. The forums take place monthly.

A van will be leaving Saint Martin’s campus for the event at 11 a.m. To reserve your space in the van, or to find out more about obtaining a Fort Lewis visitor’s pass (required to enter the base), contact Haley Thompson in the Office of International Programs and Development at X4598 or

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Haley Thompson
Office of International Programs and Development