Millert Memorial Speaker Series

Olaf W. and Juta R. Millert Memorial Speaker Series in Psychology, begun in 2010, supports the annual lecture at St. Olaf College and was created by Professor Emeritus Olaf Millert in memory of his wife of 46 years, Juta. Born in Estonia, Professor Millert immigrated to the U.S. in 1949, received a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. Millert founded the St. Olaf Department of Psychology in 1952 where he taught personality and social psychology until his retirement in 1995. He was a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Tampere, Finland, and a Danforth teacher and visiting scholar in psychology at Harvard. Over the years, Olaf and Juta supported St. Olaf in numerous ways. In addition to this lecture series, the Millerts founded the Gordon Allport Award, awarded annually to an outstanding junior psychology major, and the Olaf and Juta Millert Endowment provides scholarships to St. Olaf students from Baltic and Scandinavian countries.

2020-2021
Dr. Nicholas Epley

2019-2020
Dr. Claude Steele

2018-2019
Dr. Abigail Marsh

2017-2018
Dr. Jeanne Tsai

2016-2017 
Dr. Susan Fiske

2015-2016
Dr. Scott Lillenfield

2014-2015
Dr. Kathleen Vohs

Millert Memorial Speaker Poster: The Psychology of Money

2013-2014
Dr. Neal Cohen

Millert Memorial Speaker Poster: Cognitive Neuroscience

2012-2013
Dr. Sara Harkness & Charles Super

Millert Memorial Speaker Poster: What We've Learned from Other Cultures About Successful Child Development

2011-2012
Dr. Michael Gazzaniga

Millert Memorial Speaker Poster: Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Limits of Determinism

2010-2011
Dr. Dan McAdams

Millert Memorial Speaker Poster: George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream