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.

2016 Speaker: Phil Klay

Phil Klay Photo Credit Hannah DunphyPhil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and
a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s
Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008
as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged,
Klay received his MFA from Hunter College. He is the
author of Redeployment (The Penguin Press), 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 hat 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 has also appeared in the New York Times, Granta,
Newsweek, The Daily Beast, New York Daily News, Tin House, and The Best American
Nonrequired Reading 2012

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A Connection to Our Common Read

Book Redeployment Phil KlayCardinal Stritch University is thrilled to introduce our 2016 Common Read book, Redeployment by Phil Klay.

United States Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay wowed critics and readers alike with his short story collection Redeployment, which was named “one of the best debuts of the year” (The Oregonian) and won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction.