Renaissance Series

Serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University

The Renaissance Series was established by President MaryAnn Baenninger in 2006 to bring speakers to CSB who "demonstrate the diversity of opportunities available for women and men encourage them to broaden their horizons in every respect, particularly in areas that are less traditional for the respective genders."

Speakers for this series are chosen based on their unique, compelling point of view on a current topic and their potential to enhance the intellectual vigor of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.

In addition to a keynote address, they are available for student and/or faculty interaction on a small group basis (e.g., class visits, brown bag lunches, faculty seminar). In general, speakers for the Renaissance Series are women professionals or scholars who can serve as role models to the CSB and SJU student bodies.

2013-2014 Speaker

Actress Geena Davis delivered the Centennial Renaissance Lecture at the College of Saint Benedict, Tuesday, February 25. . Davis is best known for her roles in Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, Beetlejuice, and Stuart Little. She won an Academy Award for her performance in The Accidental Tourist and a Golden Globe for her starring role in Commander in Chief. Davis is the founder of The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which works to increase the presence of female characters in media aimed at children and to reduce stereotyping of females by the male-dominated industry.

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Dr. Kathryn Enke
Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President
College of Saint Benedict