Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture: Sister Helen Prejean

On Thursday, October 1, Sister Helen Prejean, a leading advocate for the end of the death penalty, came to Saint Martin’s University to discuss “The Ethics and Morality of State Death Penalties.” Over 300 people were in attendance in The Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion. Sister Helen’s talk was the inaugural event for the 2009-10 Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series. The event was co-sponsored by the Thurston County Bar Association, the ACLU of Washington, and the Office of Intercultural Initiatives at Saint Martin’s University.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created by Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Robert A. Harvie, former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.

Sister Helen’s lecture was of special interest to Saint Martin’s freshman class this year, as all incoming freshmen read and discussed Dead Man Walking as part of their Freshman Seminar class.

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