Saint Martin’s Harvie Social Justice Lecture to explore sustainable peace through social justice

September 23, 2013

harvielecture LACEY, Wash. – Jeff Torlina, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Utah, will launch the 2013-2014 Saint Martin’s University Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series with a talk that will underscore the importance of social justice in creating sustainable peace.

“I want to use the case of Northern Ireland to illustrate how our theoretical understanding of conflict matches “The Troubles” that took place there, along with the many complexities that threaten the stability of peace,” Torlina says of his upcoming lecture, “Peace and Justice in Northern Ireland: A Model Peace and Justice Studies Program.” The term “The Troubles” is a reference to the three decades of violence between Northern Ireland’s Irish nationalist community and its unionist community.

Torlina, who is based at Utah Valley University in Orem, will make his presentation Friday, Sept. 27, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Harned Hall 110, located on the Saint Martin’s Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The event is free and open to the public.

Torlina will also discuss peace building and conflict transformation as a formal, academic study. “I will make the case that the academic study of conflict transformation and peace building has created a body of scholarly knowledge, which allows us to understand the problems and create solutions to the world’s most violent conflicts.”

“One of the things we have learned about creating sustainable peace,” Torlina adds, “is the need for reconciliation, for appreciating the experience of “the other,” and for overcoming deep-seated anger and hatred.”

Torlina is author of Working Class: Challenging Myths about Blue-Collar Labor (2011, Lynne Rienner). His memberships include the Association for Humanist Sociology, the International Peace and Justice Studies Association, and the Pacific Sociological Association. Torlina regularly travels to Northern Ireland as part of an intensive, four-week, study-abroad program that examines the centuries-old conflict there, with an emphasis on the variety of efforts employed to overcome violence and create peace and reconciliation.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its ninth 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. The series honors 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 wooded campus of more than 300 acres 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 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia 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

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu