College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute
Serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (LAI) is a natural outgrowth of Saint Ben's enduring commitment to creativity and the arts. Writing is central to the liberal arts, and creative writing in particular has flourished at the College since its founding. The Literary Arts Institute was established in 1997 to augment Saint Benedict's tradition of supporting writing in all its forms, to forge connections to publishing on a local and national level, and to promote interactions between students and writers. The institute serves both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.
LAI brings nationally-recognized authors to the College through Writers Writing, promotes literary events, holds summer conferences such as Inside Books, supports publications through the Sister Mariella Gable Book Award, and encourages the artistry of fine letterpress in the Welle Book Arts Studio. On the strength of innovative partnerships with Graywolf Press and others, LAI is able to bring writers together with readers on campus, in the Twin Cities, and beyond.
These partnerships extend beyond the borders of Minnesota and the United States, as the Institute partners with the Office for Education Abroad to bring CSB/SJU students together with writers from their host countries through Writers at Home. LAI seeks to provide CSB/SJU students on the 20 semester long study abroad programs with such an opportunity to experience their host country's culture though literature.
Co-presented with the CSB Fine Arts Programming
As a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker, Chast uses humor to tackle the issues of our time, and more than 1,000 of her cartoons have been printed in the magazine since 1978. In addition to The New Yorker, Chast's cartoons have graced the pages of magazines such as Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, and Redbook. Chast combined her favorite cartoons into her first book, Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006, and illustrated comedian Steve Martin's best-selling children's book, The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z.
Friday, February 14
Gorecki Family Theater, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Regular $20, Senior $17, Faculty/Staff $10, Student/Youth $10