Saint Martin’s University hosts Dr. S. Rudolph Martin

November 9, 2009

Lacey, Washington – On Monday, November 16, Saint Martin’s University will host Dr. S. Rudolph Martin, Jr. as he shares excerpts from his book, On the Move: A Black Family Western Saga. Martin’s book traces his family’s western migration, beginning with his great-grandparents’ marriage and settlement in East Texas not long after Emancipation. The event, sponsored by the University’s Office of Intercultural Initiatives and part of the Diversity Speaker Lecture Series, will be held in the Trautman Union Building at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Martin retired from The Evergreen State College (TESC) in 1998 after a distinguished career as founder, teacher, scholar, and administrator. He helped start the interdisciplinary college in 1970, after helping initiate Washington State University’s first African American Studies program. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies at Washington State University. He also holds an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship in history, which he pursued at Columbia University in New York City.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Martin share his story for our campus community. Having scholars of this caliber not only stimulates intellectual discussion and thought for our community, but also illuminates an important aspect of the African American experience largely understudied,” said John Hopkins, Director of the Office of Intercultural Initiatives.

For more information please contact John Hopkins at 360-486-8847 or

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-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:

John Hopkins
Director of Office of Intercultural Initiatives

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing