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Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Public Lectures

Bring scholarship to daily life

Each year, Luther Seminary hosts lectures by renowned scholars who explore theology, Bible, faith and other topics from academic perspectives for the benefit of the seminary community.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and, unless otherwise noted, are held in the Chapel of the Incarnation in the Olson Campus Center. View a campus map. 

Latest lectures:

Upcoming lecture: Apr. 10, 2018, 7 p.m. by Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Jan. 25, 2018: Ron Choong, Director, Academy for Christian Thought in New York. "Religious Encounters along Chinese and Indian Silk Roads: Reflections on the Spiritual and Inter-Religious Issues in Christian Missions"

Watch Ron Choong lecture

  • Patrick Keifert Public Lecture
    Oct. 11, 2017: “Being Welcomed by the Stranger: A Future for Theological Education?”
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April 25, 2017: Ellen F. Davis, Interim Dean and Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School, followed by a conversation with Krista Tippett, host of "On Being"
Ellen F. Davis lecture and conversation with Krista Tippett

Oct. 3, 2016: Lost and Found, (musical duo Michael Bridges and George Baum).

Watch 2016 Aus Memorial Lecture

Sept. 17, 2014: John Swinton, Professor, Centre for Spirituality, Health, and Disability, University of Aberdeen, U.K.

"Time, Hospitality, and Belonging: Towards a Practical Theology of Mental Health"