2018 UMMC Last Lecture
In Spring 2018, the Office of Alumni Affairs and our Student Alumni Representatives are excited to present the 3rd annual Last Lecture Series event, bringing to the entire UMMC Community an inspirational talk from one of our own esteemed UMMC affiliates.
Please nominate a UMMC affiliate by January 22 in the form below. Your nominee should be someone who could share an interdisciplinary message in the established “last lecture” vein - imparting wisdom to students, faculty, staff and alumni in the healthcare profession as though this was the last opportunity to do so.
What is a “last lecture?"
A “last lecture” is when top academics in their field are asked to give a “final talk” considering what advice they would give if they knew it was their last opportunity. Last lectures became more widely known in 2007, when Professor Randy Pausch delivered a speech at Carnegie Mellon University entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” The previous year, Pausch had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Knowing his diagnosis was terminal, Pausch delivered his lecture to a crowd of colleagues and students, expressing lessons he wanted his children to learn after his battle with cancer ended. In his lecture, which was later expanded into a New York Times bestseller, Pausch imparted wisdom accumulated over a lifetime, and gave advice on how to live life to the fullest.
Since Pausch's lecture and book became well-known, many institutions of higher education have adopted similar “last lecture” events. The speakers chosen are usually well-respected, long-time faculty members and leaders, whose talks range from life advice to "what I've learned along the way," and more.
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