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Erik S. Kristensen Memorial Lecture Series

Established in 2013, this lecture series jointly sponsored by St. John’s College and the United States Naval Academy honors LCDR Erik S. Kristensen, an alumnus of the Naval Academy and St. John’s College Graduate Institute.

2017 Lecture

Angelo Codevilla will deliver a lecture entitled, “On the Natural Law of War and Peace” on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John’s College in Annapolis. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Newsletter with more information about the 2017 Kristensen Memorial Lecture

PAST LectureS

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

2016 | Seth Cropsey on Patriotism in the 21st Century
2015 | Jonathan Shay on Homer on Military Leadership
2014 | Bing West on Lessons from a Decade of Frustrating War
2013 | Ralph Peters on The Price of Historical Illiteracy: Wishful Thinking and the Death of Strategy

Honoring a Fallen Navy SEAL and GI Alum

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

The annual memorial lecture series 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 him at