Past Lectures

Please view the following archived recordings including: Julia Watkin Lectures, Utech Seminars, 2021 & 2020 Summer Lectures Series, and other talks by Kierkegaard scholars.

Julia Watkin Lecture Series

November 2021 Recording  “My Walk with Kierkegaard: Agreements and Disagreements”
Speaker: Gordon Marino, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; Former Curator of Kierkegaard Library

November 2021 Recording “Dare to Rejoice”
Speakers: Carson S. Webb, Harry R. Butman Chair of Religion and Philosophy, Piedmont University, and Gordon Marino, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; Interim Curator of Kierkegaard Library

May 2021 Recording “Kierkegaard and Luther: What Søren Kierkegaard Lauded, Lanced, Missed, and Misjudged of Martin Luther”
Speaker: David Coe, MDiv, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Concordia University, Nebraska

November 2020 Recording “The Responsibility to Revolt: Søren Kierkegaard and the Politics of Love.”
Speaker: HKL Senior Research Fellow Jamie Aroosi, member of adjunct faculty at New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

May 2020 – Recording “Kierkegaard’s Critique of Nationalism Reconsidered”
Speaker: Thomas J. Millay, a Lecturer in the Religion Department at Baylor University, Senior Research Fellow at the Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, and the author of You Must Change Your Life: Søren Kierkegaard’s Philosophy of Reading, forthcoming from Cascade Press.

May 2019Recording “What Makes Kierkegaard ‘Biblical’?”
Speaker: Carl Hughes, Associate Professor of Theology, Texas Lutheran University

November 2018Recording “Crashing Into One’s Self: Decisive Encounters with the Wisdom of Kierkegaard & the Value of First Person Responses”
Speaker: Jamie Lorentzen, Hong Kierkegaard Library Senior Research Fellow

November 2015Recording “Kierkegaard and His Reader”
Speaker: John Poling, Saint Mary’s University

November 2014Recording “Kierkegaard Crumbs: “For to be in Existence is Always a Bit Inconvenient”
Speaker: Dr. David Cain, Professor Emeritus, Mary Washington University

November 2013Recording “Søren Kierkegaard: In the Wake of the Flying Geese”
Speaker: Dr. Rune Engebretsen, Kierkegaard House Foundation

Utech Seminar Series

2022 – Roe Fremstedal, Professor of Philosophy at Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, NTNU Trondheim, Norway.
June 23rd: Kierkegaard’s “Naked Abstract Self”: Minimal, Transcendental, Ironic, or Narrative Self?       July 27th: Kierkegaard on Faith and Reason

2021 – July 7 Recording  & July 8 Recording  – Sharon Krishek, Lecturer in Philosophy, The Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Title:  Kierkegaardian Selfhood and Romantic Love”  

2020 – July 9 & 10 – The Utech Seminar: “Kierkegaard: Writing a Life”. Clare Carlisle, Professor of King’s College, London, discussed the intimate connection between life and writing; Kierkegaard’s relationship to writing; and her own experience writing Kierkegaard’s life.

Utech Lecture 1


Utech Lecture 2


2021 Summer Lecture Series

Recording – June 9 – Marcia Robinson, Dr. Marcia C. Robinson teaches the history of Christian thought and culture in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University in Upstate New York.  Title: “Out over 70,000 Fathoms with the Lilies and the Birds: Easter as Philosophia in Kierkegaard’s 1849 Discourses on the Lilies and the Birds.”

Recording  June 16 – Frances Maughen-Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross.  Title: “The Call in the Response: Kierkegaard’s Patterns.” 

Recording   June 23 – Antony Aumann, Associate Professor of Philosophy, No. Michigan University.  Title: “Kierkegaard on Risk, Loss, and Finding Happiness.” 

Recording   June 30 – Jason Mahn, Professor of Religion, Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities, Director of the Presidential Center for Faith and Learning, Augustana College, IL  Title: “Kierkegaard and Camus on Neighbor Love through Pandemics.”

Recording  July 14 – Rick Furtak, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Colorado College. Title: “Love of the Individual”  

Recording  July 21 Ulrika Carlsson received her PhD from Yale in 2013. She has taught at LIU Brooklyn and Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Title: “You are what you love”.

Recording   July 28 – Spanish Lecture by Matias Tapia Wende – FONDECYT-Chile Postdoctorate at Universidad de Los Andes – Spanish – Título: “‘Hazlo en el nombre de Dios’: El asunto de conciencia en Kierkegaard“. English – Title: “‘In God’s Name Do So’: Kierkegaard on Matters of Conscience.” 

Poul Lübcke Memorial Lecture Series

October 2020 – Recording
Speaker Nigel Hatton, Associate Professor of Literature, University of California, Merced–
Title: “Kierkegaard and the Ethics of Advocating on Behalf of Others.”

September 2020 – Recording
Speaker Patrick Stokes, Professor of Philosophy, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia–
Title: “To Eternity by Telegram: Time and Judgement in The Sickness unto Death

Summer 2020 Recordings

Gordon Marino
Other Recordings

“Taking Kierkegaard Personally” :  Recording
The event consisted of a short introduction by the editors: Gordon Marino and St. Olaf alum Jamie Lorentzen, followed by a short reading from four authors of this newly published book “Taking Kierkegaard Personally: First Person Responses.” This unique publication includes chapters from worldly scholars who share their stories of the personal impact Kierkegaard has played in their lives. It was inspired by the Eighth International Kierkegaard Conference at St. Olaf College. More info and order a copy here




Vanessa Rumble


Sergia Hay


Charles Djordevic


Deidre Green


J. Aaron Simmons


Troy Wellingston Smith


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