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Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature

Department of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies

Shaping the World

Welcome to the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

With the inauguration of our new University president, Eric Kaler, we look forward to taking a central role in his foremost objective for his presidency, “improving what we do best.” Building on our long-time strengths and distinctions, we will be taking a leading role in moving the College of Liberal Arts toward the goals envisioned in its 2015 Plan.

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News & Events

  • Andy Opitz - A Celebration

    A celebration of the life of Andy Opitz is planned for Saturday, March 28th, 4:00 p.m., at the Teresa Reception Center, College of Saint Benedict. We hope that everyone can join us for what we intend to be a joyful appreciation of his life.

    We are collecting photos to assemble into a slideshow for the event. If you have any pictures of Andy that you would like to share, please e-mail them to

    For visitors unfamiliar with the St. Ben's campus, here are directions:

    Take I94 West
    Take Exit 160 for St. Joseph
    Turn right onto County Road 2
    Take first right
    (Slow down to speed limit when it changes to 30 mph, people exiting the freeway get frequently pulled over here)
    Road becomes Minnesota Street at city limits
    Continue on Minnesota Street until College Avenue
    Turn right on College Avenue, drive one block
    Park in College of St. Benedict Lot 1
    Enter campus at the Main Building Entrance, enter Main Building and the location of the Teresa Reception Center will be up one small staircase and to the right (there are elevators as well).

    March 23rd, 2015
  • New Position for CSCL Alum Thomas Haakenson

    Thomas Haakenson (Ph.D. CSDS, 2006) is now Associate Provost at the California College of the Arts.

    September 3rd, 2014
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