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:

  • Patrick Keifert Public Lecture, Oct. 11, 2017: “Being Welcomed by the Stranger: A Future for Theological Education?” Access audio recording

Past lecture: April 25, 2017, by 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

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

Watch 2016 Aus Memorial Lecture

Past lecture: Feb. 2, 2017, by Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary, Council of Churches in Zimbabwe.
Watch 2017 Burgess Lecture

Past lecture: April 19-20, 2016, by Dennis Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.
Watch: "My God, Why? The Variety of Biblical Responses to Suffering"

Watch: Sermon, Apr. 20, 2016

Past lecture: Sept. 17, 2014, by 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"