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Humanities Symposium

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The Wounds of War

A series of thought-provoking events. The 2020 Humanities Symposium will feature a variety of events, including a public keynote address by Phil Klay—author of the award-winning book, Redeployment—bolstered by two days of student-faculty colloquia surrounding Klay's message. In the weeks leading up to the Symposium events, Loyola will also present creative theater performances and faculty workshops related to this year's theme, "The Wounds of War."

Keynote Address: "War, Literature, and the Long Road Home"

Phil KlayAward-winning author of Redeployment, Phil Klay will deliver the Humanities Symposium Virtual Keynote Address on Monday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. via zoom. Phil Klay is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. His short story collection, Redeployment, won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Award for best debut work in any genre, and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times. His nonfiction work won the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts, & Letters in the category of Cultural & Historical Criticism in 2018. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings Essay series. He currently teaches fiction at Fairfield University.

The keynote address is free and open to the public, but registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information on this speaker, visit www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/phil-klay.

This event will be captioned. If you require additional accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at dss@loyola.edu.

Earlier Events

Theater of War: Philoctetes

Two people ascend a rock structure in the middle of the ocean.Loyola will host a Theater of War Productions dramatic reading of Philoctetes by Sophocles, followed by a town hall-style discussion that will invite reflection on the effects of war on military veterans and their families, on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

“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."

Student-Faculty Colloquia

Loyola faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to the student-faculty colloquia surrounding Phil Klay's book, Redeployment, on March 11 and 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room.

Two faculty workshops will be held for professors teaching the text:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4: College Center 114, 12 noon
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5: College Center 107, 3 p.m.

American Soldiers

Loyola’s Spotlight Players will perform American Soldiers by Matt Morillo at the Black Box Theatre located in the DeChiaro Student Center on Jan. 16, 17, and 18. Visit the department of fine arts website to view a full list of 2019-20 theatre productions.

For more information about the 2020 Humanities Symposium events, please email Jane Satterfield, professor of writing, at jsatterfield@loyola.edu.