Robert Lax, who spent a significant part of his life in Olean, remains a well-known poet, artist, spiritual thinker, mentor and friend to many, including Thomas Merton. Lax will be the subject of a week-long series of lectures, performances, and discussions on March 4–8.
Highlights of the week include three lectures by noted Lax scholar Dr. Steve Georgiou of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, an archive exhibit mounted
by Paul Spaeth, performance of an original composition by Gwyneth Walker inspired by poetry of Lax, classroom discussions, and informal events.
St. Bonaventure University's School of Arts and Sciences, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, and Friedsam Memorial Library have partnered together with the Olean Public Library, Olean High School, and members of the Olean community in planning this week of celebration and commemoration of the legacy, work, and enduring significance of Robert Lax.
A gift from Marcia Kelly, on behalf of the Marcus family, as well as several St. Bonaventure University offices, have provided funding for the week.
Who was Robert Lax?*
Robert Lax was born in Olean, New York on November 30, 1915. The family moved between Olean and Long Island. The environs of New York City were as much home to the young Robert Lax as was the small town of Olean in upstate New York. Lax attended Columbia University in the 1930’s, studying under the likes of Mark Van Doren. At Columbia Lax became fast friends with Thomas Merton, Ad Reinhardt and Ed Rice. Click for more
||By Paul J. Spaeth
Director of the Friedsam Library & Curator of the Lax Archives