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Renaissance Series

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.

2014 Fall Speaker was Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi is the bestselling author and illustrator of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's youth in Iran in the 1970s and 80s, of living through the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. It is a book about childhood, a childhood at once outrageous and ordinary.

When first published, Persepolis met with enormous critical acclaim, garnering comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, and won several prestigious comic book awards. It has since been translated into more than forty languages. 

Satrapi's live-action film Chicken with Plums, based on her book by the same name, premiered in 2011 and she recently directed The Voices (2014) starring Ryan Reynolds. 

Marjane Satrapi's visit was co-sponsored by College of Saint Benedict President's Office, the Institute for Women's Leadership, Literary Arts Institute, and the Center for Global Education.