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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.

There There
Tommy Orange

2021 Lecture: Tommy Orange, author of There There

Thursday, Nov. 11
7 p.m. 
Nancy Kendall Theater (For campus map click here)
No tickets are required

The event will be live streamed. To receive a password-protected link, please email your name to

Book signing
8:30 - 9:15 p.m.
Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies and Fine Arts Lobby

Cardinal Stritch University will welcome Tommy Orange, author of “There There,” a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for the 2021 Kendall Lecture . “There There” is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. The book is the University’s Common Read for the 2021–2022 academic year. 

Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California.

Read a Nov. 3, 2021, Shepherd Express article about Stritch's Common Read and Orange's visit. 

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author photo credit Elena Seibert

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