Saint Martin's Harvie Social Justice Lecture will highlight the impact of agribusiness on women in Third World

February 1, 2012

HarvieLecturePhotoLacey, Washington—Students from the Women’s Studies Department of Saint Martin’s University, with the support of adjunct professor Teresa Marbut, will explore the impact of agribusiness and capitalist corporations on women and children in Third World and developing countries in an upcoming Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture. The lecture, “Buying Hope: Women’s Rights and Sustainable Living in the Age of Agribusiness and Corporate Greed,” begins at 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 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.

Marbut, an ecofeminist philosopher who has dedicated her life to the whole foods and fair trade movements, holds a master’s degree in theological studies from George Fox University. She will complete her doctoral degree in religion and philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies this summer.

The lecture will consist of student presentations on ethical alternatives to buying products that create a disparity in workers’ income potential. It also will highlight global grassroots efforts seeking to support workers, including women, and fair-trade initiatives that stimulate an environmentally friendly and sustainable future for both producers and consumers. Refreshments prepared with fair trade-certified goods will be provided. Also featured in the presentation will be a display of other fair trade products and a demonstration on ways to find fair trade goods throughout Washington. Student participants include:

Seniors:
Gina Saldaña, political science major with a women’s studies minor
Marina Arias, psychology major with a women’s studies minor
Christian Cabrera, community services major
Alyssa Nastasi, psychology major with a women’s studies minor
Lana Majoros, psychology major with a women’s studies minor

Juniors:
Sara Harvill, psychology major with a women’s studies minor
Lauren Duran, psychology major
Danielle Reeves, elementary education major
Kenya Timmons-Roblee, English major
Megan Yotsuda, psychology major

Sophomore:
Alexandrea Rebar, community services major with a women’s studies minor

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its sixth year, 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.

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 additional information:

Robert Hauhart, Ph. D., J.D.
Chair, department of society and social justice
360-438-4525
rhauhart@stmartin.edu

Sarah Holdener
Director of community relations and event management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University
360-412-6140
sholdener@stmartin.edu