News and Events

Spring 2018

Monday, March 26th, 2018: Nick will join 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 will be moderated by MPR’s Gary Eichten. The St. Ben’s and St. John’s Alumni community is welcome and it is open to the public. Tickets and information can be found here

Speakers for The Museum of Russian Art

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018: Fred de Sam Lazaro is a contributor for PBS and has many accomplishments in reporting underrepresented stories. He will be on campus to discuss reporting, ethics, education, and more. This event is free. There will be a social gathering at the SJU Pottery from 4:30-6:00 pm with Fred's lecture following in ART 102 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018: Tom Gjelten is an American author and radio correspondent raised in Minnesota. He is an expert on religion, immigration, diplomacy, and national security issues. He joined NPR in 1982 with experience in national and international news coverage. Notably, he was the lead correspondent at the Pentagon early in the war with Afghanistan. He has also reported extensively for Central Europe and Latin America. Gjelten will be visiting campus to discuss his most recent book A Nation of Nations and the implications of immigration policy for our country today. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a social gathering at the SJU Pottery from 4;30-6:30 p.m. with Tom's presentation at 7:00pm in Art 102. This is part of the lecture series Ethical Thinking in Modern Times. 

Monday, April 23, 2018: Annual Irish Author Event in memory of Sr. Colman O'Connell

Potter Richard Bresnahan and the University Chair in Critical Thinking Nick Hayes welcome Irish Poet Tony Curtis for a reading and reception in the Saint John’s Pottery, 4:30-6:00 p.m. He will host a reading from his newest book of poetry, Approximately in the Key of C.


Spring 2017

Our community was fortunate enough to welcome Irish poet Eamonn Wall to campus.

Listen to the conversation with Eamonn Wall.


  • Nick Hayes appeared on TPT's Almanac Friday, March 3, 2017, for an interview and commentary of the Russian connection to Trump


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