Loyola University Maryland

Humanities Symposium

2020 Humanities Symposium to reflect on Phil Klay's text Redeployment

Redeployment book coverLoyola faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to McManus Theatre during the symposium for discussions on this work on Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12 in McManus. Faculty workshops will be held in February for professors teaching the text.

Award-winning author of Redeployment, Phil Klay will deliver the Humanities Symposium Keynote Address on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall. Redeployment, for which Klay won the National Book Award for fiction, was named the best book of the year by Newsweek, Time, NPR, Amazon, New York Magazine, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, Buzzfeed, Daily Beast, Grantland, and The Huffington Post. Klay is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Iraq's Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. Klay’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings Essay series.

On February 20, 2020 Loyola will host Theater of War performing a dramatic reading of Philoctetes by Sophocles followed by a panel discussion of the effects of war on military veterans and their families.

"Theater of War Productions works with leading film, theater, and television actors to present dramatic readings of seminal plays—from classical Greek tragedies to modern and contemporary works—followed by town hall-style discussions designed to confront social issues by drawing out raw and personal reactions to themes highlighted in the plays. The guided discussions underscore how the plays resonate with contemporary audiences and invite audience members to share their perspectives and experiences, and, helping to break down stigmas, foster empathy, compassion, and a deeper understanding of complex issues."

Further information on this event will be posted at a later date.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.