Lecture Series

The University Chair in Critical Thinking sponsors an annual lecture series, Ethical Thinking in Modern Times, that brings to campus leading figures from the media and culture to engage the community in a conversation on the ethical and intellectual challenges of their work in the context of these global times. The University Chair in Critical Thinking at Saint John's University sponsors this series with additional support from other programs and departments on campus.


Áine Greaney
Green Card and Other Essays








 Dan Barry
 This Land






 Head of The Lakes



Irish Poet Tony Curtis
Approximately in the Key of C



Tom Gjelten
Nation of Nations 



Fred de Sam Lazaro
Under-Told Stories Project



Monday, March 26th, 2018: Nick was joined by St. John’s University President Michael Hemesath and director of the Museum of Russian Art Vladimir von Tsurikov for a conversation on the legacy of the Russian Revolution in regards to politics, economics, and Soviet history. This event was be moderated by MPR’s Gary Eichten. The event broadcast can be found here

Speakers for The Museum of Russian Art



Eamonn Wall
Junction City: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015



Dan Barry
The Boys in the Bunkhouse



Aine Greaney
dance lessons



Chris Dodd
Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture



Hedrick Smith
Who Stole the American Dream?



Theo Dorgan
Nine Bright Shiners



Adam Zagajewski
Unseen Hand



James Silas Rogers
Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead



Patrick Hicks
The Commandant of Lubizec



Larry Haeg
Harriman vs Hill: Wall Street's Great Railroad War



Jon Hassler Memorial Reading Group
New Edition: Simon's Night



James Fallows
Interview with Gary Eichten



Dan Barry
Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption and Baseball's Longest Game



Anthony Bukowski
Twelve Below Zero



Peter Quinn
The Man Who Never Returned

Patrick Hicks



Patrick Hicks
This London



Marv Davidov and Carol Masters
You Can Do That



Carol Connolly
All This and More



Chuck Hagel
America Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions... Strait Answers



Bill Holm
The Windows of Brimnes



J. Peter Scoblic
U.S. v. Them: Conservatism and George W. Bush in the Age of Nuclear Terror



E.J. Dionne
Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture



Charles Simic
Poetry Reading



Lech Walesa
Former President of Poland



Sr. Ciril Mooney
"From the Streets of Calcutta: Teaching the Homeless and the Rural Poor of India"



Anne Fadiman
The Spirit Catches You and You
Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors and the Collision of Two Cultures



James Fallows
Lecture on the Iraq War



Abraham Verghese
"The Search for Meaning in the Medical Profession"



Brenda Wilson
Lecture on AIDS in South Africa



Fred de Sam Lazaro
Lecture on Globalization