Gordon Marino will deliver the second lecture in a six-part series “Great Insights: Speaking from the Heart,” which aims to educate people about how the humanities affect their lives.

Marino will present Walking with Kierkegaard: Lessons from Life at 4:00 pm on Wednesday 20 October in the Century Hall (Room 264), Quadrangular Building, St. John’s University. The event is free and open to everyone.

Soren Kierkegaard is a 19th century Danish philosopher who profoundly influenced the life and philosophy of Marino.

“The lecture demonstrates how vital the ideas of existentialism are to a good, meaningful life,” said Tony Cunningham, professor Philosophy at St Benedict’s College and SJU and the director of the series. “He (Marino) will bring Kierkegaard to life in a captivating and charismatic manner.”

Marino is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Director of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library at St Olaf’s College in Northfield, Minnesota. He has written for internationally renowned news agencies and periodicals such as Atlantic Monthly, New York Times magazine, Wall Street Journal, Commonweal and Review of American poetry

He has also written extensively about boxing, acted as a boxing commentator and licensed boxing trainer. He was a Division 1 footballer at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a professional boxer. He has worked as an assistant football coach at St Olaf University and Yale University.

More recently, Marino has written and edited many books on existentialism; his latest book is The Existentialist’s Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age (Harper Collins, 2018).

Existentialism is a 20th century philosophical movement that claims that a person’s actions and choices determine the meaning of his life. Marino’s book draws on the beliefs of other existentialist philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Albert Camus to develop his own ideas about life and philosophy.

“The main reason I was attracted to Kierkegaard and company was because they, more than any other group of philosophers, seem to be more discerning than anyone else in paying attention to our inner obstacles, such as anxiety. and funk, ”Marino told St. Olaf’s news article.

“I suffered from anxiety, depression and all kinds of troubles, many of which were caused by myself. I not only formulate abstract theories, but also try to give personal examples of how this motley team of thinkers known as existentialists have positively influenced my life, ”Marino said in this article.

Like these existentialists, Marino took moods and emotions seriously and used his personal experiences to ask important questions about the role of anxiety, suffering and destruction in our central identity. He discussed how important the cultivation of negative emotions is for genuine life.

“In the book, I emphasize that we have an attitude towards our emotions. Being human means experiencing certain feelings that run through us, but we have a choice of how to relate to them, ”said Marino. Life Partially Studied: A Philosophical Podcast and Blog since 2019.

Marino’s belief that people can choose how to process their emotions is at the core of his existentialist philosophy. In his lecture, Marino will tell the audience how this philosophy can help them in life.

The Grand Illuminations lecture series sparks conversations about the things that matter to human lives. Lectures are public events where people come together and honestly turn their attention to important matters, speak openly and share their thoughts and ideas, as well as their doubts and questions. The teachers represent different disciplines: philosophy, history, English literature, classics. They all share a common cause – to speak from the bottom of their hearts about things that matter in human life.

The series is funded entirely by generous donations from SJU alumni Bill Pelfrey ’88 and Steve Halverson ’76.