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December 10, 2018: Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York. Lecture and seminar in conjunction with Professor Irene Elizabeth’s Stroud‘s class “American Religious Mythmaking: The Stories We Tell Ourselves.”

November 17, 2018: American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature conference. Panel participation for “Another Plan A: Religious Studies Education and Careers beyond the Academy.”

October 23, 2018: Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lecture and lunch conversation with Dr. Mary Ann Levine’s anthropology course entitled “Great Mysteries of the Past.” Dr. Levine’s course explores frauds and hoaxes, the difference between science and pseudoscience, and argument vs. assertion.

October 3-4, 2018: “Viking Myths of Minnesota’s Kensington Rune Stone — and What Those Myths Reveal About the (Mis)Shaping of Identity in the Face of the Religious and Racial Other” Event coordinated with the Jay Philips Center for Interfaith Learning.

September 28-30, 2018: “The Sacralization of the Kensington Rune Stone: Constructing a Myth of America’s Birth.”

October 7, 2017: “American Rune Stone: Monument, Memorial, and Myth.”

May 11-13, 2017: “The Kensington Rune Stone and the Quest for a Whiteness in American History.”

  • When: May 11-13, 2017
  • Where: the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies conference in Minneapolis.

April 29, 2017: “The Enduring Appeal of Vikings in American Culture”

  • When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 12pm to 4pm
  • Where: American Swedish Historical Museum at 1900 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145
  • What: the lecture will be part of the museum’s annual Viking Day. Book signing to follow.

November 14, 2016: “Vikings, Pioneers, and Natives: the Kensington Rune Stone and the Contested History of the American Midwest”

April 23, 2016: Viking Day at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia

  • When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 12-4pm
  • Location: 1900 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145
  • What: Lecture and book signing

February 24, 2016: “Why Myths Matter to Americans: A Conversation w/Author David M. Krueger.”

Myth Matter flyerWhen: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Arch Street United Methodist Church at 55 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia, PA.
What: a brief presentation by the author and responses from area scholars and faith leaders. RSVP:

April 19, 2016: Minnesota Historical Society – History Lounge

November 4, 2015: Nerd Nite Philadelphia

October 16, 2015: Lecture at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Study

October 12, 2015: Myths of Discovery: Re-Thinking the Meaning of Columbus Day

  • This podcast is an edited recording of a public forum held on October 7, 2015 in Philadelphia. It contains two twenty-minute lectures. The first is by Rev. Dr. John Norwood, a Lenni Lenape tribal leader who delivers a strong critique of Christopher Columbus. In the second lecture, I place in historical context the rise of Columbus as both a national and an ethnic figure. I also describe how both Scandinavian immigrants and the New England cultural elite used Viking discovery narratives to prove that America was “discovered” by Anglo Saxons.
American Myths Sermon Series

The sermon “Myths of Discovery and the Desire to Acquire,” takes a critical look at the history of Columbus Day celebrations and the notion that North America was discovered.

Was the U.S. founded as a Christian nation? Politicians like Mike Hucakabee would like you to think so. This message “Myths of a Christian Nation” sets the record straight.