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History of Last Lecture

The concept of a "Last Lecture" became nationally recognized in 2007 with Dr. Randy Pausch, who gave his "Last Lecture" speech on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon. Pausch conceived of the lecture after he learned that his pancreatic cancer was terminal. Pausch's Last Lecture has been viewed by millions and can be viewed here.

Each year a faculty member will be selected from student nominations to speak for the Last Lecture series. The Last Lecture series provides an informal format for selected faculty to share reflections from their life's journey and to speak to students as if it was their last lecture ever. There are not any pre-determined boundaries for the program - the faculty member will be speaking from the premise, "If you knew this was your last lecture you would ever give, what would you share with students?"