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Last Lecture

What is the Last Lecture Series?

The Last Lecture Series is inspired by Dr. Randy Pausch's "last lecture," which he delivered as he battled pancreatic cancer. It provides students an opportunity to honor a faculty member at UMSL who has made extraordinary contributions to through classroom teaching and service to the university. The honored faculty member is asked to deliver an address answering the question: "If you knew this was your last chance to address a group of students, what would you share with them?"

Past Last Lecture Series Honorees

Dr. Charles Granger (2014)

Dr. Dottye Akerson (2015)

Dr. Anthony Mannino (2016)

Dr. Joyce Mushaben (2017)

2018 Last Lecture Series Honoree

Join us for the 2018 Last Lecture Series featuring Dr. Matthew Davis, Associate Professor in the College of Education. This year's event will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 1:00pm in the J.C. Penney Summit Lounge. A formal reception will follow immediately after. We hope you will join us for this inspiring lecture!


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