Educator Denny Hurtado to kick off sixth annual Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
September 22, 2011
Lacey, Washington — Denny Hurtado, Indian education program supervisor for the Washington State Office
of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), has been selected to launch the sixth season of the
Saint Martin's University Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series. In the inaugural lecture of the
2011-12 series, guest speaker Hurtado will discuss new tools for teaching about the tribes indigenous to
Washington state. The lecture, “Since Time Immemorial: 21st-Century Teaching Tools for Ancient Truths,”
begins at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, in Harned Hall, room 110, on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5000
Abbey Way, Lacey, Washington, 98503. The free event is open to the public.
Hurtado, an enrolled member of the Skokomish Indian Tribe, holds a master’s degree in school
administration from the California State University in Humboldt. The published author and curriculum
developer also serves on the Skokomish Tribal Council and is co-chair of the Native Nations Institute
International Advisory Council at the University of Arizona.
The focus of Hurtado’s presentation will be “Since Time Immemorial,” a web-based curriculum initiative
created through a partnership of private and public agencies, and endorsed by all 29 federally recognized
tribes in Washington. The site houses resources, materials, lessons and entire units to support the teaching
of tribal sovereignty, tribal history and current tribal issues. This tool works within the context of
OSPI-recommended units for all students of Washington and U.S. history in the elementary and middle school
levels, and all students of U.S. history and contemporary world issues in the high school level. The “Since
Time Immemorial” curriculum menu aims to include perspectives that have been missing from state history education.
The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created by Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor
of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., chair of the University’s Department of Society and Social
Justice, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Robert A.
Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.
“Native American education and history is a neglected topic in our state,” Professor Hauhart says. “We hope
that by inviting Denny to speak on the issue, Saint Martin’s University can contribute to the conversation on this
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, 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
14 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 extension campuses located at
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s
University website at www.stmartin.edu.
For more information:
Robert Hauhart Ph.D., J.D.
Chair, Department of Society and Social Justice
Associate professor of criminal justice and legal studies
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Saint Martin’s University