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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:

Next lectures: Oct. 5, 2015 (Teresa Fry Brown) and October 3-4, 2016 (Lost and Found)

Past lecture: March 26, 2014, by Peri Rasolondraibe, Honorary President of the Antananarivo Synod of the Malagasy Lutheran Church

Next lectures: Feb. 1, 2016 (Elieshi Ayo Mungure) and Feb. 1, 2017 (Kenneth Mtata)

Past lecture: Oct. 14, 2013, by Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University; Co-Director for Baylor's Program on Historical Studies of Religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion; and Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University

Upcoming lectures: April 19-20, 2016 (Dennis Olson)

Past lecture: Sept. 22, 2014, by Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Lecture: "Preaching the Old Testament"

Next lecture: April 2017 (Ellen F. Davis)

Past lecture: April 21-22, 2015, by Larry Rasmussen, Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Seminary, NYC

Conversation: "Integrating Green in Congregations"

Lecture: "Creation, Sin, and Sacrament in the Anthropocene"


Next lecture: to be determined

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"