The Clemens Lecture Series was founded to further conversation on the ways that economics can speak to the larger problems of our society and culture. It brings to Saint John's outstanding economists noted for their abilities to address the economic dimensions of social issues and to sustain dialogue with the other fields of the liberal arts.
The Global Awareness Lecture Series is a program of guest speakers on international relations topics that has been conducted at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict since 1982. Since the beginning it has been organized and administrated by Gary Prevost in the Political Science Department. The topics covered and the regions of the world explored are multiple. The speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds including academics, political activism, journalism, and consulting. All speakers give a public lecture open to all and in some cases the visitors speak in classes and meet informally with students.
The Jay Phillips Center promotes interfaith learning, friendship and service among people of various religions. Public lectures are among the many events and programs it sponsors.
The Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture supports a professor distinguished by his or her knowledge of and commitment to the importance of the Catholic college's role in bringing faith into dialogue with culture. The professor is responsible for teaching and for helping faculty develop their own understanding of the Church's contribution to the academic disciplines.
Founded in 1997, the Literary Arts Institute fosters Saint Benedict's tradition of encouraging writing in every form by forging local and national connections to publishing and promoting interactions between students and writers. The Literary Arts Institute Lecture and Warner Reading Series bring nationally recognized writers to campus for conferences, readings, and classroom visits to further this tradition.
The Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture was established in January 2006. The lecture series carries on McCarthy's deep commitment to the ideals and principles of democratic self-government. It seeks to inspire a new generation of young people to pursue fresh ideas, to challenge the status quo, to effect positive change in their communities and, like McCarthy himself, to lead with honesty, integrity and courage.
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 and. . . to encourage them to broaden their horizons in every respect, particularly in areas that are less traditional for the respective genders."