The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created by Dr. Robert Hauhart, professor of criminal justice, Saint Martin's University, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Dr. Harvie, former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin's. This annual series will include four speakers who will speak about a variety of issues that pertain to both local issues, here in Washington State, and across the nation. Admission to lecture series events is free and open to the public.
"Alliance to Break the Silence and Impunity"
Friday, November 17, 2017, 4 p.m.
Harned Hall, Room 110
In April and May 2017, Paulina Hernandez ‘09 and Alicia LeDuc ‘09 interviewed plaintiffs, attorneys, and members of the Alliance to Break the Silence and Impunity involved in litigating the precedent-setting 2016 Sepur Zarco case in Guatemala, in support of research for a forthcoming law review article about the case. The case marked the first time a national court prosecuted sexual slavery as a crime against humanity, and was the first instance of Guatemalan courts prosecuting sexual violence relating to the country’s Internal Armed Conflict period. During the 1980s, members of the Guatemalan military “disappeared” a group of men and forced their surviving widows into domestic and sexual slavery at the Sepur Zarco military base. In the context of cultural norms supporting race- and gender-based discrimination, the Alliance members formed a comprehensive litigation, communications, and psycho-social support model that resulted in the effective testimony and participation of 15 victim-plaintiffs sustained over nearly a decade to ultimately convict two military officials, sentenced to over 100 years of imprisonment, for crimes committed at the base. As of 2017, the conviction has withstood appeal. This presentation provides an overview of the case history, details on the Alliance members and their comprehensive impact litigation strategy, a discussion of evidentiary and procedural aspects of the case, and a short comparison of the U.S. and Guatemalan court systems. Overall, the program evaluates the Sepur Zarco case as a potential model for small or low-capacity entities to create strategic alliances in order to successfully prosecute human rights cases to effect policy change.
Presentation with Aneelah Afzali
Friday, September 22, 2017, 4 p.m.
Aneelah Afzali, executive director of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound-American Muslim Empowerment Network (MAPS-AMEN), presented a lecture and workshop. Afzali’s presentation, “Combating Islamophobia,” explored several topics, including why hate crimes against Muslims in America are at an all-time high in the U.S.; why anti-Muslim proposals and vitriolic rhetoric have reached unprecedented levels; and how all the hate against Muslims arose. Afzali discussed how to take concrete action steps to combat Islamophobia and promote our shared American values of religious freedom and diversity.
Poetry reading with Reginald Dwayne Betts
Tuesday, April 24, 2017, 4 p.m.
Reginald Dwayne Betts, winner of the PEN New England Award for his volume of poems entitled “Bastards of the Reagan Era,” shared selections from his works and led a discussion on prison reform, juvenile justice and related issues.
Sad/Happiness: Cinthya's Cross Border Journey
Friday, February 24, 2017, 4 p.m.
In this film shot across Oregon and Mexico, eleven-year-old Cinthya narrates the collective story of one extended Zapotec family and the differential rights of U.S. citizen children and their undocumented parents. The story illuminates the struggles of millions of families divided between the United States and other countries where children are mobile citizens and parents cannot leave.
Olympia's Homeless: Establishing a service and care model for the poor and vulnerable
Monday, November 14, 2016
Featuring Medrice Coluccio, the chief executive of Providence Health & Services, and Michelle James, the VP of operations at Providence, this presentation illumined the state of our local community and the impact of homelessness across our region, while outlining steps of reaching out and saving those in most need.
Featuring Mary Linders, Endangered Species Recovery Biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Dr. Kelli Bush from Evergreen State College
Friday, September 23, 2016
This Harvie Lecture event featured a discussion on the Sustainability in Prison Project and its program to save the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly with the aid of inmates from Washington Department of Corrections facilities.
Drawing the Tiger
Featuring Amy Benson, award-winning filmmaker
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Filmed over seven years, “Drawing the Tiger” presents an intimate portrait of a Nepali family struggling to survive after they lose their only educated child—a determined scholarship recipient—to suicide. At first, the nonprofit-sponsored documentary set out to tell the story of a developing women's education culture in Nepal—until the star of the documentary committed suicide the year before graduation. Afterward, the film took a drastic shift in direction.
Policing for Justice and Ending Over-Incarceration
Ideas on Policing for Justice and Ending Over-Incarceration
November 18, 2015
Many police nationwide have adopted "zero tolerance" policing and roused concern from the public due to racially biased "stop and frisk" practices. Likewise, our nation's prisons are filled with a disproportionate percentage of people of color. Join our speakers as they consider these issues from a social justice perspective.
Starcia Ague is a youth and family advocate program administrator with the Department of Social and Health Services at the Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration.
Sarah Lippek is an attorney with The Public Advocate, where she is a general practitioner with particular interests in immigration and other civil rights.
God in Captivity: Punishment and Redemption in America's Faith-Based Prisons
September 25, 2015
Based on her forthcoming book from Harvard University Press, Professor Erzen addresses questions that arise when considering contemporary, faith-based prison programs that operate under the logic that religious conversion and redemption will transform prisoners into new human beings.
Necropolitics of the European Border in Terraferma
March 30, 2015
Almost weekly, hundreds of people perish in the Mediterranean, that most porous of European borders, while trying to cross into the European Union (EU). While internal European borders have been abolished, both visible and invisible walls have been erected to protect the external border against prospective migrants.
“Following Achille Mbembe, I call this policy the necropolitics of the border: the discourses and practices which legitimize a violent, often deadly, enclosure of Europe against any variety of “illegal” migrant, including refugees and asylum seekers. Necropolitics operates in borderline, extra-legal spaces of exception, such as the Mediterranean sea itself and outlying European islands, where the authorities engage in surveillance, segregation, imprisonment, and physical abuse of the migrants. Recent films and literature have criticized such a border regime, envisioning alternative practices of hospitality to migrants.
This lecture will focus on Emanuele Crialese’s 2011 film, Terraferma, set on a remote Italian island where geographic as well as symbolic boundaries between Europe and non-Europe blur, making it increasingly difficult to segregate citizens from migrants. Questioning the official EU border policy, the film explores the islanders’ "illegal" offers of hospitality to foreigners based on the so-called "law of the sea." Cultural narratives such as Terraferma can help us interrogate the discourses of protecting European borders – and identity – against "invading" others.”