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Erik S. Kristensen Memorial Lecture Series

Honoring a Fallen Navy SEAL and GI Alum

This special lecture, jointly sponsored by St. John’s College and the Naval Academy, honors LCDR Erik S. Kristensen—an alumnus of the Academy and the Graduate Institute (GI). Kristensen, a Navy SEAL, was killed in the line of duty while leading a search and rescue mission in Afghanistan in 2005. His story is recounted in the 2013 film Lone Survivor.

2019 Lecture

Check back later for the date and details about the next lecture in spring 2019!

A Literary Life Taken Too Soon

A fellow Johnnie established the lecture series in 2013 to honor the life and legacy of GI alumnus Erik Kristensen.

Read About Kristensen

The annual memorial lecture series to honor Kristensen was initiated by a 1992 St. John’s College graduate, Lt. Michael Zampella, along with friends and family. All inquiries concerning the lecture should be directed to mzampella(at)

Past Lectures

Recordings of past Kristensen Memorial Lectures are available on the St. John’s College Digital Archives site.

Kristensen Lectures
Year Lecturer Lecture Title
2018 Arthur Herman Utopia, Ideology and Grand Strategy in the 21st Century
2017 Angelo Codevilla On the Natural Law of War and Peace
2016 Seth Cropsey Patriotism in the 21st Century
2015 Jonathan Shay Homer on Military Leadership
2014 Bing West Lessons from a Decade of Frustrating War
2013 Ralph Peters The Price of Historical Illiteracy: Wishful Thinking and the Death of Strategy