Stritch welcomed award-winning author Phil Klay

Audiences gathered in late October to hear the perspectives of 2016 Kendall Lecture Series speaker Phil Klay, a United States Marine veteran and author of "Redeployment." After presenting an evening keynote address and book signing, he then spent the next morning at the podium of Milwaukee's Italian Community Center for the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life Forums on Faith and Work series before returning to campus to address the Freshmen Seminar.

"Redeployment," selected as the 2016 Common Read at Stritch to tie into the Kendall Lecture Series is described as "a powerful collection of short stories that takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." In his book and public lectures, Klay explores the complex feelings of brutality, faith, guilt, and fear that a soldier experiences during war, while also revealing the isolation and despair that can accompany a soldier’s homecoming.

With his stark, realistic depictions of war, Klay’s book has been praised as “one of the best debuts of the year” by The Oregonian and author Karen Russell calls his writing “searing and powerful, unsparing of its characters and its readers.” Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2015 Chautauqua Prize. His writing also has appeared in the New York Times, Granta,Newsweek, The Daily Beast, New York Daily News, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

Missed the lecture? View Klay's Kendall Lecture Series keynote address here.

About the Kendall Lecture Series

Established through the philanthropy of Nancy, ’87, and Lee, ’88, Kendall (pictured seated at right), the purpose of the series is to underwrite speakers of national prominence to Cardinal Stritch University. Speakers are chosen based on their ability to encourage meaningful intellectual discussion among students and the broader Milwaukee community.

Photos by Meg McCormick