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Kendall Lecture Series

The Kendall Lecture Series was established through the philanthropy of the late Nancy, ’87, and the late Lee, ’88 (H), Kendall to honor the liberal arts tradition of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. The purpose is to underwrite speakers of national prominence to Cardinal Stritch University. Speakers are selected based on their ability to encourage meaningful intellectual discussion among students and the broader Milwaukee community.

2022 Kendall Lecture

2022 Lecture - Rev. Steve Avella and Innocence and Confidence: Mother Bartholomew, Samuel Stritch and the Origins of the College

Wednesday, Oct. 5
7 p.m. 
Nancy Kendall Theater (For campus map click here)
No tickets are required

*Zoom option now available. Click here to register.

As part of its 85th anniversary celebration, Cardinal Stritch University will welcome Rev. Steve Avella, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for the 2022 Kendall Lecture.

Rev. Avella will explore the impact of Cardinal Stritch University, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and Samuel Cardinal Stritch on the local Catholic and greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin communities in a presentation titled Innocence and Confidence: Mother Bartholomew, Samuel Stritch and the Origins of the College.

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    Author of There There, a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans.
  • 2019: Felipe Luciano
    Two-time Emmy Award-winner for his reporting and America's first Puerto Rican television anchor, he discussed social justice reflected on the courage of a generation that chose to organize, teach and struggle against the powerful institutions of discrimination.
  • 2018: Dr. Lucy Kalanithi
    Discussed When Breath Becomes Air, written by her late husband Dr. Paul Kalanithi
  • 2017: Gary Younge
    Author of Another Day in the Death of America
  • 2016: Phil Klay
    Award-winning author of Redeployment
  • 2014: Lori and Wayne Earl
    Parents of the late Esther Earl, who was the inspiration for John Green's book The Fault in Our Stars