Kendall Lecture Series

The Kendall Lecture Series was established to honor the liberal arts tradition of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.

The series was established through the philanthropy of Nancy, ’87, and Lee, ’88, Kendall. Its purpose is to underwrite speakers of national prominence to Cardinal Stritch University. The speakers are chosen based on their ability to encourage meaningful intellectual discussion among students and the broader Milwaukee community.

“This Star Won't Go Out"

Wayne and Lori EarlParents of the late Esther Earl, who was the inspiration behind the bestselling book, The Fault in Our Stars will deliver a keynote presentation on October 23rd. 

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center

Lori and Wayne Earl will share their daughter Esther’s life and legacy of empathy, joy and compassion. Diagnosed with cancer at 12, in her four remaining years Esther taught us that life isn’t measured by days, but by love, which is stronger than even death.

The Earl’s will deliver a keynote address in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center. Please join us after for a book signing and a special reception. Admission to the Kendall Lecture Series is free; however, space is limited. Kindly RSVP online by Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 or call (414) 410-4939.

Additional Events

St. Clare CenterThe Saint Clare Center has invited the Earls to give a special presentation, "Living a Life of Awesome,"at the Italian Community Center. The fee is $25 per person and both members of the center, and Stritch faculty and staff, receive a 50% discount.  For more information, RSVP online or contact Mary Foley at (414) 410-4405 or

Common ReadCardinal Stritch University is thrilled to introduce our 2014 Common Read, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. As Green says, “When I read literature, I manage to grasp that my world   is not the only world, and that my life is not the only life that   exists.”  We invite you to join us in a season of University and community activities celebrating The Fault in Our Stars and its themes of love, loss, and understanding our place in the Universe. Find out more about the 2014 Common Read.