Students and the Library

Casual Kierkegaard Conversations

All students are welcome to attend “Casual Kierkegaard Conversations.” The Hong Kierkegaard Library will be hosting  monthly discussions of Kierkegaard’s philosophy and related topics.

Our first meeting will be held in the lounge outside the Kierkegaard Library on Thursday November 1st from 11:30am – 12:30pm. We will discuss Kierkegaard’s “At a Graveside”.

Come for an engaging discussion, good company, and snacks.

We hope to see you there!


Student Newsletter

The first article published in Spring of 2018, the Hong Kierkegaard Library Student Newsletter contains an Events Calendar and four exclusive segments written by students, professors, and visiting scholars.

Click here to view the latest publication of the Newsletter!

Past publications: Spring 2018


Student Videos

Please view our most recent student Library videos. . .

 


The Reed

The Reed: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Existentialism “tries to include various takes on Existentialism (creative writing, literary criticism, visual art, psychological analysis, philosophical and religious discourse) while maintaining a cohesive and intellectual tone.”

If you are an undergraduate interested in submitting a work for publication to The Reed, please send an email attachment to thereed@stolaf.edu. Submissions of writing or artwork from students at any undergraduate institution are welcome.


Research Opportunities

In addition to providing support for visiting scholars and participants in its summer programs, the Hong Kierkegaard Library maintains a quiet and open study space, individual offices, public computers for student use, and a 20,000 volume collection of the writings and ideas of Søren Kierkegaard. Our staff and student workers are available to help facilitate student research and help navigate the collection. Sometimes there’s even coffee available in the lounge.

Our summer program for young scholars accepts applications from undergraduate students and is an excellent opportunity for education and scholarship.

Students are welcome and encouraged to watch past lectures hosted by the Kierkegaard library by visiting our Recent Lectures webpage.


Kierkegaard’s Ten Greatest Works

Why is a top ten list necessary for an obscure Danish philosopher? Although Kierkegaard may not be a common household name, or as popular as Kant and Hegel, he was a prolific writer and left a great impact. Words such as “angst” and “leap of faith” which are often used in the English speech can be attributed to no one else other than Kierkegaard. In his short lifespan of 42 years, he managed to write 30 books, a dissertation, a collection of essays, and a literary review, and eight gargantuan volumes of journals/letters. With no exception to the quality of his work, his influence does not go unnoticed and still to this day affects the lives of many. For these reasons, we have taken the liberty to compile ten of his greatest works.

Click here to view this year’s list of Kierkegaard’s Top Ten Hits.